School of Management, Central Queensland University – February 2004

The introduction of extended working shifts (in excess of 8-h) and the increased use of contractors has produced an occupational health and safety (OHS) issue that had not been considered in detail in risk assessments at the time; the impact of driver fatigue in addition to the work shift. This research comprised three separate studies that provided data on the impact of driver fatigue in both short and long distance driving and the driving patterns of shiftworkers on days off.