There are a number of signs and symptoms that may indicate whether an employee is at risk of sleep disorders. Assessment tools such as the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and the Comorbidities Questionnaire will also identify employees requiring further investigation (see our free report Sleep Disorders: Is your company at risk).
If an employee is suspected of being at risk for sleep disorders, quick action is required and a sleep screening should be undertaken.
Sleep screening – a simple process
A small device is taken home and worn overnight. The following day the recorded data are downloaded and sent to Sleep for Health and Safety (SHS) for analysis. SHS will determine the sleep disorder risk and provide a written report within 48 hours. For moderate to severe risk employees, SHS notify you verbally within 24 hours.
Preliminary results are reported within 24 hours in a safety critical employee is at moderate to high risk for sleep disorders. All results and a written report are provided within 48 hours.
What a sleep screening will show
The data provide an indication of the employees level of risk of sleep disorders. For mild risk, the employee may only need to make some simple lifestyle changes such as losing weight. For moderate to severe, treatment may be required. Consultations with our Sleep Physicians if needed are scheduled quickly with minimal or no down time.
Outcomes – a safe and healthy employee
The aim of a sleep screening program is to ensure employee health and safety. With the right information and treatment, employees with sleep disorders are still able to perform their duties safely and effectively. SHS works quickly to fast track the screening and (if necessary) treatment process resulting in minimal to no time away from work.
Treatment recommendations may include trialling Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to treat sleep apnea.
Where required, SHS provides ongoing support and CPAP compliance monitoring. We can also train your company’s health staff to support this service thus ensuring the ongoing health and safety of your company’s workforce.