Fatigue Management in the Offshore Petroleum Industry

Fatigue may impact a person’s ability to work safely. For that reason, offshore operators consider fatigue in their overall safety management systems and put processes and programs in place to help manage fatigue. Operators, employers, supervisors and employees each have a role to play in making sure any risks associated with fatigue are minimized.

Fatigue Management refers to a strategy or process for managing the risks that can be caused by fatigue, as part of overall safety management.

CAPP, offshore operators in Newfoundland and Labrador, contracting companies, workers and the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) recently collaborated to publish a Code of Practice entitled Fatigue Management in the Offshore Petroleum Industry – Newfoundland and Labrador. This Code of Practice summarizes the requirements for defining and managing fatigue and outlines the roles and responsibilities of those involved in managing fatigue in the workplace. This Code of Practice does not apply to workplace parties administered under a collective agreement. That said, it is the acknowledged intention of offshore operators subject to such collective agreements to incorporate the principles of this Code of Practice into their workplaces. This Code of Practice is designed to complement individual operator fatigue management programs.

CAPP has also published a Frequently Asked Questions guide related to the Code of Practice.