Given the increase in working hours that some employees in the aged care sector have been performing for single and multiple employers due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it would be beneficial for Members to assess whether fatigue is an issue in their workforces. Fatigue at work is a WHS issue and employers have obligations under WHS legislation to address it should it exist in their workplaces.
Safe Work Australia has a Guide for managing the risk of fatigue at work which can assist with identifying fatigue, identifying factors that may contribute to or increase the risk of fatigue and controlling the risks. As employees are performing duties that often have a clear impact on the safety of themselves and others the impact of fatigue can be serious in aged care workplaces. It is therefore a worthwhile matter to consider when managing employees in the aged care sector.