Sleep deprivation classified as a workplace hazard

ORLANDO — Workers in construction, manufacturing, operations and even healthcare are exposed to safety and health hazards on a daily basis, such as chemicals, ladders, fires and dangerous machinery, and all that can cause serious injury.

One of the most overlooked occupational hazards, however, is neither a machine nor a chemical. Sleep deprivation, according to the National Sleep Foundation, increases the likelihood of a workplace accident by 70 percent.

The effects of fatigue have often been compared to the effects of alcohol, resulting in impaired judgment and poor performance, the American Safety Council reported.

The following issues can be avoided with proper knowledge and training of safety protocol through an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training. Workers should know the signs of potential hazards and their rights in the workplace with regard to health and safety.

To read more about how sleep deprivation affects a workplace and how to protect personal safety and well-being, check out this article by the American Safety Council.

SOURCE: American Safety Council story

Graphic by American Safety Council


Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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