Guidelines on Fatigue, 2002 Edition (K968E) (eBook)

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January 2002

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Guidelines on Fatigue, 2002 Edition (K968E) (eBook)

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This publication provides guidance on better understanding and managing the issue of fatigue. This guidance outlines the potential dangers associated with fatigue and the effect on the health and safety of the personnel working on ships. These guidelines contain information on the symptoms and causes of fatigue, and addresses solutions to combat fatigue to improve the associated health problems and help prevent a fatigue-related accident from occurring.

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Fatigue can be defined in many ways. However, it is generally described as a state of feeling tired, weary, or sleepy that results from prolonged mental or physical work, extended periods of anxiety, exposure to harsh environments, or loss of sleep. The result of fatigue is impaired performance and diminished alertness.

The effects of fatigue are particularly dangerous in the shipping industry. The technical and specialized nature of this industry requires constant alertness and intense concentration from its workers. Fatigue is also dangerous because it affects everyone regardless of skill, knowledge and training.

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), at its seventy-first session (19 to 28 May 1999), considered the issue of human fatigue and the direction where IMO efforts should be focussed. In this regard, it was agreed that practical information on fatigue should be developed to provide appropriate information on fatigue to all parties concerned.


Module 1 – Fatigue

Module 2 – Fatigue and the rating

Module 3 – Fatigue and the ship’s officer

Module 4 – Fatigue and the master

Module 5 – Fatigue and the training institution and management personnel in charge of training

Module 6 – Shipboard fatigue and the owner/operator/manager

Module 7 – Shipboard fatigue and the naval architect/ship designer

Module 8 – Fatigue and the maritime pilot

Module 9 – Fatigue and tugboat personnel

Appendices – Fatigue related documentation

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: Guidelines on Fatigue, 2002 Edition (K968E) (eBook)
Number of Pages: 122
Product Code: MM1315EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280151282, ISBN 10: 9280151282
Published Date: January 2002
Author: IMO

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