• Eric Titus

Fatigue Management Shift Extensions After a Midnight Shift

I am writing further to our ongoing communication on the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) initiatives associated with Transport Canada’s Targeted Inspection Report on Fatigue Management.

Our work with the Fatigue Safety Action Group (FSAG) is evolving, as is our understanding of the implication of shift work and overtime on schedules. We have recently engaged a Human Fatigue Specialist named Clinton Marquardt, formerly with the Transportation Safety Board and now with Sleep and Dreams Consulting. Clinton is educating us on the science-based approach to fatigue and has a wealth of experience helping large transportation-based organizations tackle the subject of fatigue management.

Our latest initiative has been to adjust our practise around overtime extensions. Effective September 1st, we will no longer be extending employees following a midnight shift (except in cases of emergency). For the purposes of this initiative, a midnight shift is defined as any shift with a six-hour period between the hours of 2300-0800. This change is intended to address observations by Transport Canada that point out if an employee is not aware of the requirement to work an extended shift before reporting for their scheduled shift, they may not be able to adequately prepare.

This initiative is but one of several initiatives we will be studying with our Unions and the FSAG. There are no perfect solutions to managing fatigue in our environment, but we are working our way towards solutions that are agreeable to all stakeholders.

As mentioned in previous communications, many of the changes recommended by Transport Canada and fatigue specialists will require consultation and negotiations with our bargaining agents. We will continue to provide updates as we make progress. Please don’t hesitate to contact your HRBP or manager if you have any questions.

Trevor Johnson

VP ATS Service Delivery