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Fatigue Management Procedure

Version 1.1 Updated 3 Jun 2022
Policy Manage

Who can use this procedure

This procedure can be used by all employers.


Under the relevant health and safety legislation (the ‘Legislation’) and associated regulations and codes of practice, the primary duty imposed on a person conducting a business or undertaking (‘PCBU’) is to eliminate or minimise, as far as reasonably practicable, the risks to health and safety in the workplace. For the purposes of the relevant Legislation, an employer is a PCBU and therefore bears the primary responsibility.
Compliance with this procedure will assist a PCBU to meet its obligations under the relevant Legislation, associated regulations and codes of practice.

For further guidance on scheduling and planning for shift workers, refer to Safe Work Australia - Guide for Managing the Risk of Fatigue at Work (the Guide). The Guide is generally applicable to all types of work and all workplaces covered, including workplaces that are mobile, temporary and remote.

The Guide can also be used by managers, supervisors, workers (including volunteers and contractors), health and safety representatives and other persons at the workplace to assist with managing the risks associated with fatigue in the workplace.

This procedure also contains general information on the specific legal requirements for heavy vehicles. The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and Regulations commenced on 10 February 2014 in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, The Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania. The Northern Territory have stated that they will not adopt the HVNL until it is demonstrable that they are workable in remote Australia. Western Australia will not commence the HVNL. These laws regulate fatigue management for heavy vehicle drivers. For more specific guidance on HVNL more information is available on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s website.

Employers should ensure that they have a separate Risk Management Procedure, in addition to this Fatigue Management Procedure.


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This document has been drafted to suit a wide variety of businesses. Nevertheless, you may need to make other changes to the document so that it suits the specific needs of your business. If you make additional changes, we cannot guarantee that the changes and modifications you make to the document will be legally compliant or enforceable.

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