Health and Safety CONFERENCE

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Circadian Rhythms and Fatigue

Dr. Andrew Lingwood
Director and Consultant Occupational and Environmental Physician, OccPhyz Consulting

Fatigue is a vital health and safety issue in the mining industry with a multitude of medical and organisational causes and implications.

This presentation will focus on the nature of circadian rhythms and how they can contribute to fatigue. The ways in which shift work can impact these matters is specifically considered, given the relevance of varied work and shift patterns to the mining industry.

The physiological effects of fatigue will also be discussed, including how these can translate into performance-based effects.

The presentation will also consider the complex interactions between the multiple medical, social and employment factors which contribute to fatigue.