Lunch and Learn

Time to wakeup: is fatigue in the workplace an issue?

Fatigue is a growing problem affecting the workforce. Research estimates that 13% of workplace injuries can be attributed to fatigue. It can have detrimental effects on a person's health and safety both on and off the job. It is a problem that has, in the past, gone largely unaddressed.

 Employers and supervisors should be concerned about the impact of fatigue in the workplace as it can be considered a form of impairment, making fatigue a workplace hazard. Awareness and observation of changes in behavior is one method of identify fatigue. Factors that may influence fatigue are shift rotation patterns, balanced workloads, timing of tasks and activities, availability of resources, and the workplace environment. Attendees will take away signs and symptoms of fatigue, effects of fatigue and their relationship to work. Also some causes of fatigue and tips for the workplace to help keep workers alert and avoid fatigue to avoid work comp injuries.

 Please join us to learn more about this growing workplace safety issue. Bridget Hoefling has been effected both personally and professionally by fatigue as a business owner and healthcare provider. Come hear her story.

Special Guest Speaker:
Bridget Hoefling, President/Owner of Tri State Nursing
A Sioux City native, Bridget grew up in Texas and attended Western Iowa Tech for her nursing degree. She serves on many boards in the Siouxland Area, and is currently Chair of the Regional Workforce Investment Board and the Lifeskills Board.

Bridget has been the owner and President of Tri State Nursing for over twenty five years, and has offered occupational health expertise for the past fifteen. She offers a variety of services for the work place from drug screens, breath alcohol testing, and education classes. Just recently she has added hearing testing, mask fit training, and pulmonary function testing. She is a member of the Iowa Illinois Safety Council, the National Safety Council and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

With over 500 temporary employees working in healthcare, Bridget understands the repercussions of working until fatigue sets in and how it affects not just the employee, but the whole team of employees.


Tri State Nursing
3100 S Lakeport Rd
Sioux City , IA 51106

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