If we alleviate cognitive fatigue. what will the impact be on society?
Families - Individuals - Corporate - Government - Insurance - Hospitals and Rehabilitation Systems
Families of fly-in-fly-out workers can rest assured that their loved one will arrive home safely after every shift.
A critical time for accidents is when workers drive home after finishing long shifts. Current monitoring of this is haphazard, leaving a substantial hole in the coverage of safety protocols, even with resources companies who have the best safety track records.
Any individual working night shifts is at high risk from suffering cognitive fatigue. The impact is comparable to drink driving: individuals think they are performing fine, when in fact they are putting themselves and their colleagues at risk with dramatically impacted performance and a high likelihood of microsleeps. This is most dangerous for individuals operating heavy machinery or those in charge of high impact decision making such as control room employees planning routes for heavy vehicles.
With new recent legislature on both industrial manslaughter and fatigue regulations for heavy vehicles, it has never been more important for corporations to tackle the problem of cognitive fatigue head-on. In addition to preventing accidents to their workforce, gaining objective data on cognitive fatigue incidents will lead to both improved efficiency from new management methods, and shorter investigation periods when an incident does occur.
With up to 2/3rds of accidents in the heavy industries being preventable with our cognitive fatigue prediction system, there are clear benefits for insurers to cut premiums for companies who adopt cutting-edge preventative measures early.
Hospitals and rehabilitation systems
Cognitive fatigue is as much an issue for hospital workers as it is for patients.
Having objective data on the levels of cognitive fatigue occurring during hospital worker shifts can lead, at best, to a re-evaluation of the current shift structure, and at least, to helping prevent incorrect or botched treatments caused by extreme fatigue.
A & E resources would be less stretched by a reduction in submissions caused by cognitive fatigue accidents; especially road accidents.
In terms of rehabilitation, there is a link between cognitive fatigue and substance addiction problems (one of the 3 possible reasons as to why someone would be scoring unusually highly on a cognitive fatigue scale on a regular basis: the other 2 include sleep disorders, and troubles at home). Although cognitive fatigue is not a cause of substance abuse problems, it is a symptom of these addictions. Catching the problem early and working with affected individuals to start the road to recovery will increase success rates of rehabilitation.