Flight Attendant Fatigue Risk Management Program
April 27, 2023
The Flight Attendant Fatigue Report (FAFR) Tool is a confidential tool that enables Flight Attendants to identify and report instances of fatigue and ask questions proactively. This tool is part of the broader Flight Attendant Risk Management Program (FA-FRMP), which we recently discussed.
In collaboration with management, this program takes a comprehensive approach to managing fatigue to ensure Flight Attendant safety. Did you know that 20% of all incidents investigated by the NTSB identified fatigue as a probable cause or contributing factor? Therefore, it is essential to address and manage fatigue effectively.
Prolonged wakefulness can impair judgment, reduce short and long-term memory, and slow reaction time and vigilance. To avoid fatigue, getting adequate rest is the first and most crucial step. It is critical to take appropriate steps to ensure adequate sleeping conditions that promote rest, such as a dark, cool, and quiet location. If circumstances beyond your control prevent this rest, especially while on duty or layover, report them. Additionally, report fatigue after working certain pairings that mix circadian rhythms to improve the overall quality of work life and avoid fatigue. Remember, this program focuses on paying attention to how you feel and reporting circumstances that lead to Flight Attendant fatigue. The program is confidential and aims to address fatigue-related situations and create solutions. We encourage you to read about the program, discuss any concerns or questions you may have with your Local Council, and start using the reporting tool.