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Emerging Approaches to Fatigue Risk Management

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

This web event includes presentations from two speakers on the topic.

Dr. Mollicone will present an overview of biological factors that contribute to fatigue in a context relevant to the oil and gas industry. He will discuss leading tools to objectively quantify fatigue-related performance deficits and will demonstrate the brief 3-minute Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT).

The brief PVT was originally developed to enable astronauts to assess their behavioral alertness while on the International Space Station. The brief PVT is now available on Android and iOS platforms for use by industry. He will discuss proactive approaches incorporating objective measures like the PVT that employers, employees and contractors in the oil and gas industry can take to reduce the risk of accidents at work and on the commute home.

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In the last ten years three new streams of R&D have upset the 100 year status quo of how we view light at night. First, a growing body of human epidemiological studies and research on animal models has demonstrated a significant increased risk of breast, prostrate and colon-rectal cancers, as well as diabetes and metabolic syndrome in shift workers exposed to light on overnight shifts. Second, the discovery of a new visual system pathway, involving the photopigment melanopsin in the retina, has shown that these health risks of light exposure are mediated through blue light wavelengths which suppress melatonin and disrupt the circadian system. Third, largely driven by energy conservation, we have abandoned Edison’s low-blue emitting incandescent light bulbs in favor of LED light chips which emit an intense blue spike right at the wavelengths which trigger maximum response in the melanopsin-health risk pathway.

Dr. Martin Moore-Ede will discuss the progress of this R&D, and some innovative new approaches to managing these risks and avoiding an LED-induced shift worker health epidemic.

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  • 1Emerging Approaches to Fatigue Risk Management - Chapter 1
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Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits

Speakers

Daniel Mollicone, Ph.D
Martin, M.D., Ph.D. Moore-Ede
Steve E. Lerman, MD, MPH, FACOEM