Individual countermeasures to fatigue

Pilkington-Cheney, F. ORCID: 0000-0001-8043-3137, 2023. Individual countermeasures to fatigue. In: C.M. Rudin-Brown and A.J. Filtness, eds., The handbook of fatigue management in transportation: waking up to the challenge. Abingdon: CRC Press, pp. 341-350. ISBN 9781032081397

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This chapter concerns the use of individual countermeasures to fatigue, which are strategies that vehicle operators can use to manage or alleviate mild fatigue. Effective countermeasures and the use of ineffective strategies are discussed, as well as the influence of other factors. Before deciding on an appropriate countermeasure, it is vital to understand the cause of fatigue, which here is categorised into sleep-related and task-related fatigue. Taking a break is an effective countermeasure for task-related fatigue; however, it will not alleviate sleep-related fatigue. Although caffeine and napping are the only effective countermeasures for sleep-related fatigue, they are not always the most used strategies within transportation. Effective countermeasure use is a complex process, which can be influenced by several factors such as education and access. Importantly, individual countermeasures should be used strategically as short-term emergency measures, promoted as part of higher-level, operational fatigue management, and supported by an open safety culture.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: Chapter number 4.7
Creators: Pilkington-Cheney, F.
Publisher: CRC Press
Place of Publication: Abingdon
Date: 2 August 2023
ISBN: 9781032081397
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in The handbook of fatigue management in transportation: waking up to the challenge on 2 August 2023, available online:
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 17 Jul 2023 16:06
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2023 16:06

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