2019 Articles

CRM

Working with Others

“When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that your defining characteristic – what defines a human being – is to

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Fatigue

Drugged Out Legally

For some of our readers, the abuse of drugs may be a very sensitive topic because you or someone you care about has become physically

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Fatigue

Circadian Rhythm Effects

The term ‘circadian’ comes from the Latin circa meaning around, and diem meaning day. Our bodies go through a fairly predictable series of processes in

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Fatigue

Relationships Matter

Oh, just look at them . . . isn’t this a heart-warming scene? You can see the connection between them. Do you remember the feelings

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Pre 2019 Articles

Working with Others

“When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that your defining characteristic – what defines a human being – is to

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Life is a Privilege

I have thought much about death this week, particularly at night when I tried to sleep. We had client meetings scheduled to work on a

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Family Gathering

Family Gathering In The Lost Country by William Gay, there is a passage about a hospital that is appropriate for those who work shift work

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Sleepy Driving

Sleepy Driving Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is scheduled in November.  The National Safety Foundation sponsors it and the organization provides information at https://sleepfoundation.org/drowsy-driving.  How many

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Off Duty But Not Resting

Off Duty But Not Resting What shiftworkers do when off duty is a contentious subject.  Scarlet Knight and I were leading fatigue risk management training

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Types of Fatigue

Types of Fatigue For work and pleasure, I traveled every week between the first week of February and the last week of May.  After I

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The Theory of Multiple Causes

The Theory of Multiple Causes The “Operating Experience” section of the PHMSA CRM inspection questions (G1-1) outlines a process for “employing a formal, structured approach

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Lark or Owl?

Lark or Owl? Are you a lark or an owl?  A person who is characterized as a lark or an early bird is one who

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Always on the Lookout

Always on the Lookout One of the PHMSA CRM inspection questions (B1-5) contains this bullet point:  Shift change operations should not conflict or interfere with

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Fatigue Management Policies

Fatigue Management Policies One of the subjects that are supposed to be covered in fatigue management training for controllers and their supervisors is a company’s

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Develop Good Nutrition Habits

Develop Good Nutrition Habits I am probably the worst Pipeline Performance Group LLC consultant to write an article about developing good nutrition habits.  One definition

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Fatigue Modeling

Fatigue Modeling Fatigue risk management would be simpler if we could predict the times when one would become fatigued before one becomes fatigued.  One of

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Act Well In Your Role

Act Well In Your Role I have been reading and studying Stoic philosophy recently.  The term derives from the Greek word “stoa” or porch where

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A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start A brand new year begins, and the big baby in the drawing indicates “this is the year for Best Fatigue Management ever.” 

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Task Related Fatigue

Pipeline Performance Group, LLC has reached a significant milestone by completing over 200 workload assessments in control rooms since 2011. While the specific purpose of

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Fatigue Training and Education

Fatigue Training and Education Our Pipeline Performance Group team has developed a classroom-style fatigue management training course which addresses all of the subjects that PHMSA

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Take Time to Relax

Take Time to Relax Do you like this month’s picture of the pipeliner taking a bubble bath? Is that one of your relaxation methods? An

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Recognizing Fatigue

Recognizing Fatigue We know intellectually that we need to sleep about eight hours after we have been awake for about 16 hours. My granddaughter does

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Take Time for Fitness

Take Time for Fitness Many control rooms have provided either exercise equipment or even added an exercise room for their controllers and other personnel. A

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Off Duty Chores

Off Duty Chores I met a gas plant operator a few years ago.  The plant was in a remote area, so the operators had long

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Circadian Rhythms

Circadian Rhythms George Gershwin wrote the song “I’ve Got Rhythm” in 1930.  In Gershwin’s song he is chipper all the day, happy with his life,

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Staying Current on Regulations

Staying Current on Regulations The series of articles on CRM effectiveness has provided information on general program effectiveness, on roles and responsibilities, SCADA, and fatigue

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Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb I have been watching “Victorian Slum House” on PBS. A mother and father sleep in one bed. In the same room, a

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April 2015

The Self Care Wheel

The Self Care Wheel A well-rounded life is important for fatigue management. Getting a proper amount of sleep, every day, is the primary way to

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SCADA CRM Effectiveness

SCADA CRM Effectiveness During our workload and human factors assessments, we evaluate SCADA displays.  I asked a SCADA person who builds screens if he was

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Morning Jolt

Morning Jolt How do you prefer to get your caffeine?  I can use caffeinated shampoo, shave cream, and after shave first thing in the morning

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Getting Things Done

“When two or more are responsible for something, usually nobody is.” David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity 2001 “Every organization needs

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Sleep Versus Fatigue

Sleep Versus Fatigue “Katherine Johnson arrived at the office early, went home in the late afternoon to check on her daughters, and then came back

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Asleep at the Wheel

Sleeping less than five hours a day could elevate your risk of being involved in a car accident. In our classroom fatigue training sessions, many

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CRM Program Effectiveness

How do you measure the effectiveness of your Control Room Management (CRM) Program? There is no regulatory requirement to measure the effectiveness of any part

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Healthful Goals

How is your liver functioning? Have the holidays disrupted your sleep times, food and drink intake, and exercise routines? I read about a study in

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Fatigue Modeling

Fatigue modeling is one of the subjects PHMSA mentions that fatigue training should cover. Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what time you are

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Microsleeps

A microsleep is a short episode of sleep that occurs when a person is trying to stay awake, but cannot do so any longer. Have

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Assertiveness with Respect

Remember the definition for Team Resource Management (TRM) in pipeline control rooms: TRM includes strategies, knowledge, and skills to make the best use of all

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Off Duty Activities

I remember when the proposed Control Room Management regulations were issued in 2008 and the whining by control room managers about this statement: (1) Establish

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Sleep Disorders

“It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and

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Avoiding the Light

It might be counter intuitive to advise avoiding the light, since most studies advise getting a good dose of sunlight to wake us up in

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The Sleep Cycle

According to sleep science, humans cycle through several stages of sleep during a sleep period. Depending on the scientific source, they may divide the sleep

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Non-Technical Skills

We conducted a public Team Resource Management (TRM) workshop last month and emphasized the importance of using non-technical skills in control rooms. We only had

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The Goal of Controller Training

If your company meets the CRM regulations, Operator Qualification requirements, and any other regulatory requirements, will you be satisfied? Will you be confident that controllers

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Sleep Disorders

I saw a post on Facebook in which a friend was asking advice on what her husband could do about restless legs syndrome because his

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Individual Differences

Individual Differences I remember a teamwork training module titled “Appreciating Individual Differences.” Its purpose was to emphasize that people should be able to work well

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Recognizing Fatigue in Others

The Control Room Management (CRM) regulations stipulate that companies shall provide training for controllers and supervisors in recognizing the effects of fatigue. In our classroom

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April 2015

Sitting Disease

“Back to my Mac.” Wang stretched. “No matter how ergonomic the setup is, I still leave with a sore back from sitting incorrectly, burning wrists

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April 2015

No Caffeine for Anyone

Suppose you walked into a coffee shop or your own kitchen and someone said, “No caffeine for you!”  How would you react?  Most people would

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Monitoring Sleep Health

According to the Control Room Management regulations, companies are supposed to provide employees with an opportunity for eight hours of continuous sleep. Are you getting

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The Ideal Controller

Let us think of controllers plying their craft with the goal being ideal operations. They go about their normal duties while looking for things that

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