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What steps do I need to take?
Having fatigue management policies and procedures ensures that an organisation has mechanisms in place to identify and manage fatigue risks.
CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 provides for three types of fatigue management approach that an operator can choose from:
Tier 1 (Appendix 1) - sets prescriptive flight and duty time limitations without the need for risk management processes or fatigue training. These limitations are relatively restrictive.
Tier 2 (Appendices 2-6) - allows greater flexibility with less restrictive flight and duty time limitations, but requires operators to have in place risk management processes, continuous monitoring processes and an initial and recurrent fatigue training program for pilots, managers and anyone involved in rostering decisions.
Tier 3 (Appendix 7) - the most comprehensive fatigue risk management tier, known as a Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS). An FRMS is a data-driven means of continuously monitoring and managing fatigue-related safety risks, based upon scientific principles and knowledge, as well as operational experience. It aims to ensure relevant personnel are performing at adequate levels of alertness.
Compliance with the chosen fatigue management approach is checked and monitored as a part of the ongoing relationship between the operator and CASA.