The nature of work in our Transmission Network Control Centre (TNCC) requires long periods of concentration over set shifts, which include days, evenings and nights. As a result, our TNCC colleagues are more likely to feel tired at work.
While we can’t change the TNCC’s critical work, the team has recently updated our policy that helps us manage the risk of fatigue as much as possible.
Bee Hun Tan, TNCC Delivery Manager, said: “We’ve looked at best practice from various Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance documents, and built this into our policy with a set of fatigue criteria for managing human factors. We use this information to protect our people against sleepiness and fatigue, particularly when they’re working on complex tasks or have to drive following a night shift.
“These revised criteria are now built into our rota system as a standard. If, for whatever reason, a colleague does need to work beyond the normal rota hours – reducing their rest period to the minimum – we’d either complete a risk assessment, to make sure they are fit to continue, or reschedule if the minimum rest period is breached.”
We must continue to sustain these changes to continue to improve the overall mental and physical wellbeing of all of our colleagues working shifts.