On March 1st, members of the U.S. inter-agency federal Fatigue Management and Research work group and of the Human Factors Coordination Working Group organized the first global seminar of 2023 for the Working Time Society (WTS). The meeting was entitled “Fatigue management and mitigation: perspectives for safety and reporting”, and included two sessions with themes of “Fatigue measurement, risks, and work implications” as well as “Fatigue countermeasures and recovery”. The virtual meeting began with an informal “coffee-chat” discussion, followed by welcoming remarks from WTS President Stephen Popkin, Ph.D. Subsequently, presentations were delivered by members of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration, Iowa State University (based on work supported by the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation), U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center.
In many cases, the research findings and conclusions were those of the author(s) and did not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Government. Topics discussed by the presenters and those in attendance ranged from fatigue risk management programs, to consequences and mitigations of fatigue, and the importance of explicitly stating the intended scope for terms such as fatigue that may have multiple definitions. The seminar included opportunities for questions and discussion, and concluded with WTS Secretary Claudia Moreno announcing that a fourth WTS seminar will be developed for May 2023 and hosted byMikael Sallinen and colleagues.
President, Working Time Society