Fatigue-o-meter human alertness monitoring system has been in ongoing
development since 2006. The product recognizes a need for the development of
human risk management tools the behavioral and psychological field. The system
is used by the client organization to identify employees who may be temporarily
mentally or perceptually fatigued.
For many years it has been
acknowledged that accident prevention programs should address three important
variables which interact dynamically in the occurrence of an undesirable
incident or occupational accident:
working environment, task methodologies, materials and equipment.
competencies, knowledge and skills of the worker.
mental state, health, fatigue, well being and stress levels of the worker
first two variables are abundantly addressed by the legal framework governing
safety in the working area. Only recently has the third variable received
serious attention in South Africa, and a significant step has been taken by the
Minister of Labour issuing a notice in terms of section 87(1)(a) of the BCE Act
(1997), which addresses a code of good practice which attempts to provide
guidelines in this area.
to these guidelines, attention should be given to the assessment of risks to the
health of employees, the implementation of appropriate control measures to deal
with fatigue, stress, health related conditions, etc and providing employees
with information so as to take action in these areas. In the above notice a
significant onus is placed on the employee to take reasonable steps to protect
their own health and safety, as well as that of other employees.