The Impact of Fatigue on the Public Safety Workforce

The right practices and automated scheduling create safer environments for responders and citizens

Fatigue is a serious issue for public safety employees. Learn how an automated rules-based scheduling solution such as UKG TeleStaff™ can help public safety agencies limit staff fatigue by creating optimal schedules that consider work needs, preferences, and contracts.

Studies have demonstrated the significant impacts of fatigue on the public safety workforce. In one study, nearly 70% of police committed a fatigue-related error while working. Firefighters’ long work hours correlate to increased stress and injury. Corrections officer fatigue correlates to a greater number of sick days reported.

Creating scheduling standards that follow a Move/Limit/Prohibit (MLP) strategy, and configuring these rules into an automated scheduling solution, help public safety organizations:

  • Move staff from higher-risk to lower-risk or lower-impact shifts
  • Limit the number of hours an employee can work without taking breaks
  • Prohibit fatigued employees from working until they have met rest requirements

Download this white paper to learn more about the impact of fatigue on public safety employees and how UKG TeleStaff supports optimal work schedules for responders, including a case study on how the Las Vegas Detention and Enforcement Center is using the scheduling technology.

“If an officer puts in four hours of overtime and then has only four hours off before trying to come back for more overtime, [UKG TeleStaff] sees this and won’t hire this person for that time.”

Sgt. Rodolfo Padilla
Las Vegas Detention and Enforcement Center

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