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APTA Issues Standard on Fatigue Management Program Requirements

As a response to the issue of public transit worker fatigue, APTA recently published a standard on Fatigue Management Program Requirements.

FTA called attention to the issue of transit worker fatigue in 2014 by tasking the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) to develop recommendations on the key elements that should comprise a Safety Management System (SMS) approach to a fatigue management program. TRACS issued its final report the following year.

The APTA standard is designed to help rail systems establish and implement fatigue management programs using an SMS approach, which will ensure that management, supervisory staff and all employees understand fatigue and how to proactively deal with it. The standard also includes recommendations regarding the usage of fatigue risk management systems.

The goal of a fatigue management program is to implement policies and procedures that support optimal personnel alertness and performance. Managing fatigue also promotes health and safety while reducing the likelihood that impairment due to fatigue will compromise public safety.

This standard was developed to help individual rail systems create formal programs that, at a minimum, apply to train operators, operations controller center controllers and any other person identified by the system as relevant and/or safety-critical. It applies to systems that operate heavy rail (subway systems), light rail, streetcars and heritage trolley systems, but not to commuter railroads.

Read the standard here.
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