Stress and Fatigue
Stress and Fatigue
This guide discusses stress and fatigue as it relates to health and safety in the workplace and considers identification and management of such conditions.
Stress is not a diagnosis; it is a general description of an employee’s response to workplace stressors.
Fatigue is not in itself a hazard although it may cause an employee’s behaviour to become hazardous.
You are obliged to ensure the safety of employees while at work.
Ensuring the safety of employees while at work requires you to identify and manage work-related
stressors and to identify and manage hazardous behaviour caused by fatigue to protect employees
from harm.
An employee with a stress-related condition may require vocational rehabilitation.
An employee with a stress-related condition should be reasonably accommodated in their
employment.
Terminating the employment of an employee with a stress-related condition is permissible in some
circumstances.
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