Safety Tip: Driver Fatigue

Driver fatigue is a significant safety hazard for the road transport industry and its management is key to ensure the safety of all those on our roads.

Both employers and employees have a role to play in making sure any risks associated with fatigue are minimised.

One of the key mitigators of fatigue is to take breaks throughout the day. Worksafe requires that a commercial vehicle driver must have a 20 minute break from driving for every 5 hours of work time. The following activities provide a break from the task of driving:

  • It is a break from the physical task of driving of between 10 and 20 minutes.
  • It is a break of less than 30 minutes so the driver is still considered to be working.
  • The driver can be loading / unloading / refuelling / completing paperwork / checking the load restraints etc

Worksafe also provide commercial vehicle driver fatigue management training free of charge where you can complete a self assessment and receive a statement of results to share with your employer.

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