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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(9), 842; doi:10.3390/ijerph13090842

The Relationships between Human Fatigue and Public Health: A Brief Commentary on Selected Papers from the 9th International Conference on Managing Fatigue in Transportation, Resources and Health

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Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science, Central Queensland University, P.O. Box 42, Goodwood, SA 5034, Australia
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ARRB Group Ltd., 191 Carr Place, Leederville, WA 6007, Australia
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Curtin Monash Accident Research Centre, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia
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School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University, 90 South Street, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 2 August 2016 / Accepted: 16 August 2016 / Published: 24 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Proceedings from 9th International Conference on Managing Fatigue)
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Abstract

The 9th International Conference on Managing Fatigue in Transportation, Resources and Health was held in Fremantle, Western Australia in March 2015. The purpose of the conferences in this series is to provide a forum for industry representatives, regulators, and scientists to discuss recent advances in the field of fatigue research. We have produced a Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health based on papers from the conference that were focused on various aspects of public health. First, the Special Issue highlights the fact that working long shifts and/or night shifts can affect not only cognitive functioning, but also physical health. In particular, three papers examined the potential relationships between shiftwork and different aspects of health, including the cardiovascular system, sleep disordered breathing, and eating behaviour. Second, the Special Issue highlights the move away from controlling fatigue through prescriptive hours of service rules and toward the application of risk management principles. In particular, three papers indicated that best-practice fatigue risk management systems should contain multiple redundant layers of defense against fatigue-related errors and accidents. View Full-Text
Keywords: shiftwork; cardiovascular disease; sleep disordered breathing; eating behaviour; fatigue risk management systems shiftwork; cardiovascular disease; sleep disordered breathing; eating behaviour; fatigue risk management systems
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Sargent, C.; Roberts, P.; Dawson, D.; Ferguson, S.; Meuleners, L.; Brook, L.; Roach, G.D. The Relationships between Human Fatigue and Public Health: A Brief Commentary on Selected Papers from the 9th International Conference on Managing Fatigue in Transportation, Resources and Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 842.

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