Case study: Understanding and fighting fatigue with new rules
Amendments to ICAO Annex 6 were the stimulus behind the development and introduction of the new Civil Aviation Order 48.1 rules, which commenced in April 2013.
The new rules address historical problems with old methods of compliance and reflect an increased awareness of scientific principles and knowledge, specifically the necessity for creating an opportunity for restorative sleep and managing fatigue risk in the workplace.
The development of the fatigue management rules reflected current international practices of other regulators and took into account information from research studies into the complexities of fatigue risk and controls.
The new CASA rules incorporate a tiered approach of increasing flexibility for operators, who are able to select the most appropriate framework for their operations from available prescriptive and tailored options.
A basis for the development of the rules was to make it clear that fatigue management is a responsibility shared among Air Operator's Certificate holders, flight crew members and CASA.
Following the introduction of the rules, which provide for a transition period of three years, comprehensive staff and industry learning packages, along with supporting guidance material, were developed to provide information about the rules.
An online resource that provides guidance for all industry participants is also available on the CASA website. This includes the regulatory change and supporting material from ICAO's regulator and industry fatigue risk management system handbooks and fatigue management toolkit.
The toolkit contains a training and development handbook for aviation workers, a trainer's handbook, an employee training assessment section, a presentation on fatigue management for employees, and information on bio-mathematical fatigue modelling in civil aviation.
More information is available at www.casa.gov.au/fatigue