Sleep disorders screening – an essential part of fatigue management
Good sleep is essential for health and wellbeing yet millions of people don’t get enough. Sleep disorders prevent healthy sleep and affect quality of life, health and safety. Most people with sleep disorders go undiagnosed and untreated. The result is thousands of unnecessary workplace accidents, injuries and deaths. For high risk organisations, managing sleep disorders and workplace fatigue is now recognised as essential.The statistics on fatigue and sleep disorders are alarming:

  • Fatigue has been implicated in up to 25% of driving accidents and is four times more likely to contribute to workplace impairment than drugs or alcohol.
  • Around 24% of men, 9% of women, and up to 28% of transport drivers have sleep apnea.
  • Sleep apnea is strongly linked to a range of other serious health conditions including high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, diabetes, ischemic heart disease and mood disorders.

Sleep for Health and Safety provides fast, efficient sleep screening programs to ensure the health, safety and productivity of employees in all fields of work. Simple treatment options mean employees with sleep disorders can continue in their job roles and are no more at risk than employees without sleep disorders.

The benefits of implementing sleep screening programs are huge. Prevention costs are minimal compared to the costs of accidents, loss of life, lost productivity, clean up, equipment damage and loss of reputation.

Major organisations in Australia (link to clients) are now implementing and benefiting from our
screening programs.

Recent News
Recent research has highlighted the alarming incidence of sleep apnea in long distance commercial truck drivers. The Australian study published in April this year revealed that, even though only 12% of drivers said they experienced daytime sleepiness, at least 41% were likely to have sleep apnea.Untreated sleep apnea greatly increases the risk of motor vehicle crashes. The study used home screening to identify drivers at risk and confirms that self-reporting sleepiness levels is not an accurate tool to identify drivers at risk of sleep disorders.
“We were very happy with the whole [SHS screening] process and are glad we did it as these staff members are employed in jobs driving vehicles. We’ll be running the program again in the near future.”Michael Moore
HR Manager, Parramatta City Council

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