General Recommendations on Fatigue Risk Management for the Canadian Forces

Recommendations générales sur la gestion des risques liés à la fatigue pour les Forces canadiennes


  1. Cheung, B.
  2. Vartanian, O.
  3. Hofer, K.
  4. Bouak, F.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
A recent Advisory Publication (ADV PUB Number ASMG 6000, 7 Jan 2010) on Fatigue Countermeasures in Sustained and Continuous Operations recommended that all Air and Space Interoperability Council (ASIC) nations should have national policies regarding fatigue management. Currently, there is no existing doctrine and training program for fatigue risk management available in the Canadian forces (CF). The focus of this document is on the management of sleep hygiene and circadian entrainment, rather than physical, muscle fatigue, or fatigue at the cellular level. Recommendations for fatigue management are based on best practices derived from the latest scientific findings and the collation of appropriate common policies from other military forces that will enable aircrew to perform at their best. It includes a series of summaries that address what is and what is not known regarding the efficacy, implementation and limitation associated with fatigue countermeasures commonly employed. A stratified approach is adopted to ensure that promotion of sleep is the first priority under routine fatigue management, followed by generally approved pharmacological intervention. Employment of those prescription medications permitted by CF policies will be suggested only as a last resort. This document is written primarily for the Air Force; however, the general recommendations to fatigue risk management also apply to the Navy and the Army as they, too, experience sleep loss due to changing time zon

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Fatigue risk management recommendations
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DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2010-056 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 2010
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