Flight Attendant Fatigue. Part 6: Fatigue Countermeasure Training and Potential Benefits
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OKLAHOMA CITY OK CIVIL AEROMEDICAL INST
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Todays aviation industry is a 247 operation that produces a variety of challenges for cabin crew members, including extended duty periods, highly variable schedules, and frequent time zone changes. While these operational requirements may be necessary, they are far from ideal with respect to the human bodys biological rhythms for managing sleep and alertness. In fact, acute sleep loss, sustained periods of wakefulness, and circadian factors resulting from this form of misalignment are all contributors to fatigue and fatigue-related mishaps Caldwell, 2005 Rosekind et al., 1996. The strategic management of fatigue is necessary for safety improvement throughout the industry. Employee educational programs regarding the dangers of fatigue, the causes of sleepiness, and the importance of proper sleep hygiene to improve sleep quality may be critical for effective fatigue management Caldwell, 2005. This report outlines specific recommendations regarding fatigue countermeasures training and its potential benefits to flight attendant operations.
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