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Mar 19, 2019

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Writer at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


On today’s podcast, Justin welcomes Emily Whitcomb onto the show to discuss fatigue risk management! Emily is the Sr. Program Manager of the National Safety Council for fatigue initiatives. She also led the production of the new National Safety Council Report titled, “Managing Fatigue: Developing an Effective Fatigue Risk Management System,” that encourages companies to create systems that combat the risk of fatigue.


Emily and Justin discuss fatigue risk management in depth, including; the industries with the greatest number of fatigue-related injuries, the best fatigue risk management systems, how and why you should implement a sleep health program, countermeasures to boost alertness while on the job, fatigue responsibility, and more.


Fatigue is costly, dangerous, and it’s affecting a lot of companies across the country. So join Emily and Justin this week to learn more about the risks associated with fatigue and how to take proactive measures against it.


Key Takeaways:

[:16] About today’s episode with Emily Whitcomb.

[:35] About the RIMS Annual Conference 2019.

[:47] Justin welcomes Emily onto the podcast.

[1:44] Emily highlights the industries with the greatest number of fatigue-related injuries.

[2:58] Fatigue risk management systems that Emily recommends.

[4:27] Is it difficult to get buy-in from management to implement a sleep health program?

[5:22] The arguments from both workers and employers regarding fatigue, and Emily’s suggestions on how they could meet in the middle.

[8:23] How Emily looks at fatigue responsibility for both the employee and the employers.

[9:41] Does NTSB’s “Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements” help raise awareness of fatigue risk management systems?

[10:59] Countermeasures to boost alertness while on the job.

[11:58] Is there a return on investment (ROI) factor involved when implementing a fatigue risk management system?

[13:25] Justin thanks Emily for joining him for this week’s episode, and closes out the podcast.

[14:23] Remember to email Justin at if you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Annual Conference 2019

NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (2019-2020)
“NTSB’s Most Wanted Improvements Reflect Major Transportation Disasters of 2018,” by Justin Smulison on Risk Mangement Monitor

“Managing Fatigue: Developing an Effective Fatigue Risk Management System,” by Emily Whitcomb on the National Safety Council

“Understanding Fatigue Risk: Assessment and Countermeasures,” report by the Campbell Institute

PPT of Emily’s panel (from RIMS 2018, in San Antonio): “Fatigue in the Workplace: Causes, Consequences and Managing Risks”

Risk Management Monitor

Risk Management Magazine


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