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NSC and BWH Offer New Fatigue Cost Calculator

(10/04/17) According to the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), "Sleep deficiency is a hidden cost of our technology-driven, 24/7 society. Approximately 70% of Americans report that they routinely get insufficient sleep. The issue is pervasive in the workforce, with 30% of U.S. workers and 44% of night shift workers reporting less than six hours of sleep on average. In addition, undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders are common. The Institute of Medicine estimates that 50¬70 million people in the U.S. are living with a sleep disorder. The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Sleep Matters Initiative and the National Safety Council have developed an online fatigue cost calculator that estimates the cost of sleep deficiency for individual businesses. The cost calculator asks users to enter their workforce size, industry and location. This information is used to predict the prevalence of sleep deficiency and common sleep disorders among employees. The calculator draws from peer-reviewed scientific literature to further estimate costs associated with these conditions. Costs of sleep health education and sleep disorder screening programs are factored in to estimate the economic impact of improving employees' sleep health. Read the methodology, and access the NSC Fatigue Cost Calculator.

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  • Free access to the following podcasts is available here:
    • #4: Sleep & Fatigue in EMS (06/11/10, 9 min.)
    • #5: Sleep & Fatigue 2.0 (07/14/10, 5 min.)
    • #8: Working Time in the UK and European Union (11/01/10, 5.5 min.)
    • #21: Shift Length: The Long and Short from EMS Providers, Part 1 (06/12/12, 7.5 min.)
    • #22: Shift Length: The Long and Short from EMS Providers, Part 2 (07/06/12, 5 min.)
    • #23: Shift Length: An Interview with an Expert (09/03/12, 5.5 min.)
    • #25: Sleep and Fatigue: The Legal Side (03/05/13, 16 min.)
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