Fatigue Policy

Fatigue Policy


Policy Statement

 As part of our commitment to achieving the principles of health and safety in our workplace, we recognise our moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment for employees and contractors. This commitment also extends to ensuring that our operations do not place the local community or environment at risk of injury, illness or damage.


 Workplace Health and Safety laws are designed to ensure the health and safety of everyone at the workplace. Hulk Labour Hire has a duty to provide a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of employees and protect the safety and wellbeing of all staff, particularly new employees.

Supervisors and managers have a duty to be well-informed about the risks associated with fatigue, and aware of effective and prompt actions to minimise those risks in the immediate and longer-term.

Each employee has a duty to take reasonable care for their own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of others in the workplace. This includes the obligation to turn up for work in a state that enables them to conduct their work activities in a safe manner and to follow policies and procedures and cooperate fully with actions Hulk Labour Hire takes to comply with Workplace Health and Safety laws.

Working Hours

 All employees are required by law to have a minimum of a 10-hour consecutive break between shifts. This is to help minimise the risk of fatigue which may cause injury or death.

Meal breaks are required by law and are to be planned and taken to minimise fatigue. If an employee is working on site, the site fatigue policy is to be followed. If there is no site fatigue policy in place, the employee will follow Hulk Labour Hire's fatigue policy.

As a rule, employees are not allowed to work any longer than 12 hours a day and their shift length including travel shall not exceed 14 hours. Travel is measured from an employee's last place of rest to their next place of rest.

If an employee must work more than the hours above, then this will be done under a Risk Assessment and authorised by the Site Senior Executive or their nominee. A 10-hour break shall be taken before commencing the next shift. If an employee is to work over the 14-hour ruling, a risk assessment is to be completed with corrective measures to be put in place and final approval is required from Hulk Labour Hire's company directors.


If an employee cannot meet the 14-hour time frame including travel, the employee is to travel out to site the day before shift and return the day after shift, with accommodation being provided. If the employee feels at any stage they are too fatigued to return home safely and within the designated time frame, they are to notify their direct Supervisor/ Manager and a fatigue room will be made available.

If an employee chooses to ignore the 14 hour rule and travels home after working a 12 hour shift the employee will not be covered by Workcover. The employee will be held liable for any damage to company vehicles and any accidents that may occur, and may also void any personal insurance the employee may have.


 Hulk Labour Hire arranges accommodation for all employees working on site. All accommodation is arranged prior to travel to site. As a general rule, rooms will be booked for check-in the night before the first day shift and the afternoon of the first night shift. Fatigue rooms can be arranged on request.

Travel to and from Site

 All employees are required to present themselves fit for work to allow them to complete their normal rostered shift duration. Employees are required to manage their traveling time to and from work to comply with this procedure.

Where an employee travels to site, travelling time shall be included in the gross shift length calculation to a maximum of

14.5 hours. All employees shall comply with the maximum 14.5 gross hours of work. Where they can not comply, they are required to arrange to rest on site prior to starting work or travelling home.

Whether, prior to starting a shift or roster cycle or after completion of a shift or roster cycle, inclusive of any overtime, the employee must ensure they are fit to travel.



Remember: Fatigue affects a person’s health and wellbeing; increases the chance of illness, workplace injuries and car accidents occurring; and reduces performance and productivity within the workplace. Managing these risks is a shared responsibility.





I                                         have read and agree with the terms outlined in the Hulk Labour Hire Fatigue Policy in accordance with this offer of employment.





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