Fatigue Management

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DOHS 4271

Instructor: Susan Sawatzky

Fatigue and its management is an issue that has become increasingly important in the safety profession, and which has led to major legislative changes in Canada and the United States in the past five years.  The major objectives of this course are to help OHS professionals better understand this key safety issue and how to manage it.

To achieve this, the course highlights modern research and knowledge relating to the causes and effects of fatigue. It then discusses fatigue as a safety issue and introduces tools and methods to assess, manage and mitigate fatigue hazards. The history of fatigue management is also briefly surveyed to help participants better understand the components required to create a comprehensive fatigue risk management plan.


  1. Defining the Need
  2. Fatigue 101
  3. Fatigue as a Safety Issue
  4. Managing Fatigue
  5. The History of Fatigue Management
  6. Creating a Comprehensive FRMP

About the instructor: Susan Sawatzky, owner of In-Scope Solutions, is an independent consultant for health and safety in the oil and gas and mining industries. Recent industry experience has included assisting a major mining corporation negotiate a fatigue based variance in response to new strict fatigue legislation in the Yukon. Susan was also involved in creating fatigue policy and guidelines for the Canadian oil and gas industry. Her work, though a key safety association, was instrumental in advancing the Fatigue Guiding Principles Agreement signed by the 6 key associations for the Canada oil and gas industry.

Susan holds a B.Ed. and has over 15 years of experience in resource development, and in education and training.

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