Fatigue Reduction

Fatigue Reduction 

Regardless of your role, location, or the type of work you do, to do your job safely and efficiently you need to be alert. When you’re feeling fatigued, your alertness levels and your performance suffer.

In fact, research shows being awake for more than 17 hours can weaken your performance in a way that’s comparable to being over the limit for drink driving in most EU countries.

Being well rested and alert for work helps us…

Reduce error rates

React quickly to danger

Reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries

This is why the fatigue risk management standard (NR/L2/OHS/003) has been updated. The new standard applies to everyone within Network Rail and those working on Network Rail infrastructure, assets & systems. The updated fatigue standard is available on the Network Rail Standards Portal, and has a compliance date of October 2022.

A range of educational materials are available as attachments on this page. Network Rail staff can also access these via the Fatigue Reduction site.

Fatigue awareness and standard technical briefing eLearning courses are also available on Network Rail’s eLearning platform.

The Fatigue Risk Index (FRI)

The Fatigue Risk Index (FRI) has been withdrawn from the HSE website. The reasons for this are:

  • The software platform is an older Excel that can no longer be supported on the HSE website.
  • The design of the FRI requires improvement to promote better understanding of its outputs, its limitations and its role in a Fatigue Management System.
  • In its current format, there have been case of the FRI being issued in order to justify work patterns that clearly require further action t reduce fatigue-relate risk.

FRI users who have access to the FRI in its current format can continue to use it, provided you have the necessary expertise to use the tool and understand the outputs and limitations.

Following feedback we are making the tool available, as well as how to documents, to aid with calculations.

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