What this Toolbox Talk Covers:

  • The “Dos” and “Don’ts” for preventing fatigue while on the job.

Discussion Notes:

  • Discuss the outcomes of the “Dos” and “Don’ts.”


  • Know that fatigue can affect crews’ alertness and attention level, leaving them at risk for errors and mistakes that could lead to injury or even death.
  • Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
  • Know that injuries occur over three times more often in crews that have less than five hours of sleep per night.
  • Make note of the side effects for any medication you are taking. Do not work under the influence of a medication that can cause drowsiness.


  • Work when your attention levels are impacted by fatigue. Speak with your crew chief if you do not feel you can work safely.
  • Work on the same task all day long. Rotate jobs throughout the day to keep your mind engaged.
  • Eat imbalanced meals. Ensure your meals have a healthy ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
  • Eat heavy meals right before or during your work day. Heavy meals can make you feel drowsy. Instead, choose light meals.
  • Neglect to act when you notice the warning signs of fatigue, such as difficulty concentrating, memory lapses, feeling tired or sleepy and slower reaction times.


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