2022 Articles

Fatigue

Arrive Alive

The holiday hustle is upon us. Truth is, we have already experienced a great deal of hustle even before the holiday season arrived. Today’s article

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Fatigue

Know Your Limits, Part 2

Shiftworkers have a special role in the workforce, especially those who work rotating shifts. Most Controllers in the pipeline industry work 12 hour rotating shifts.

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Fatigue

The Science of Sleep

Like air and water, we need sleep to survive. In fact, the brain will force sleep, if necessary, in the form of microsleeps. A microsleep

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Fatigue

Are They Up to Snuff?

Our Team Resource Management course includes a section on defining and applying professionalism. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) believes professionalism is important

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Fatigue

Nutrition Matters

Are all calories created equal? If you are a calorie counter, you may choose your meals based on calorie content and taste. This leads one

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Fatigue

And the Beat Goes On

My mother suddenly became very ill the day after Christmas. Her blood pressure and heart rate had been somewhat erratic for weeks. Could it be

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Fatigue

New Year, New Plan

Any day is a good day to implement a plan for improvement. It may be safe to say that most of us have made attempts

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Fatigue

Sleep Physiology

We interviewed a young shift worker who admitted to getting only 5 or 6 hours of sleep each night. He reported that he stayed very

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Fatigue

Drowsy Driving

Sleepiness and driving are a dangerous combination. According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 6,400 U.S. deaths are attributed to drowsy driving each year.

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Fatigue

Off-Duty Choices Matter

Choices produce outcomes. Two people can go into the same grocery store, push the same sized carts through it, and choose from the same inventory.

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Fatigue

Caffeine Overload

Caffeine consumption is not without controversy in the community of health and wellness advisors even though it’s legal and unregulated throughout most of the world.

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Fatigue

Alertness Aids

Our bodies are designed with an innate 24-hour cycle of energy and hormone production. Light enters the eyes and stimulates the brain to wake. When

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Fatigue

Sedentary Death Syndrome

Several years ago, while visiting a Control Room, I had a lengthy conversation with a female Controller who had over ten years of experience at

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Fatigue

Circadian Rhythm

Imagine our surprise at seeing Controllers turn on the radio, push away from their consoles, and begin dancing in the middle of the Control Room

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Fatigue

Sleep Disorders

Controllers and their companies share responsibility for ensuring there is adequate time for getting sufficient rest between shifts. The company must provide time for employees

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Fatigue

Are You Tired?

Joe has just completed the shift turnover and is finally ready to leave after his rotation on night shift. Due to a possible leak on

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Fatigue

Heart Health

February is American and Canadian Heart Health Month. This is a time when we highlight the need to remind people that heart disease remains the

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Fatigue

What’s the Big Deal

What unexpected and unanticipated lessons have been learned in the past year? What new lessons will this year bring? Will organizations and individuals do things

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Fatigue

A Time to Play

The holiday season has arrived. Some of you feel elated by that; others feel a deep sense of dread. This time of year can be

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Fatigue

Diet: A 4-letter Word

The Scrabble dictionary contains 4,030 four-letter words. There are, undoubtedly, many fine words contained in that list such as ship, goat, free and plot to

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CRM

The Filthy 15: Pressure

Pressure on and off the job can lead to errors and accidents.  This is a pressure packed year due to a pandemic, politics, and economic

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Fatigue

Quantity and Quality

Air, food, water and sleep are some of the most important resources our bodies need. Sleep is a basic, physiological need which our bodies cannot

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CRM

The Filthy 15: Lack of Professionalism

What does professionalism mean to you? Does your job description mention professionalism like these controller job descriptions? Demonstrated professional work experience in a customer service environment,

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Fatigue

Balance It Out

I’ve heard it said that common sense is not so common. No one is born with it, but it can certainly be developed over time.

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CRM

The Filthy 15: Norms

What is normal in your workplace? What are the mostly nonwritten rules and behaviors dictated and followed by the majority of the group?  I remember

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Fatigue

Digital Detox

Have you ever walked out of your house, forgot to bring your cell phone with you, and nearly panicked at the thought of leaving without

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CRM

The Filthy 15: Fatigue

We have provided since 2011 and continue to provide monthly “managing fatigue” articles that correlate to the topics in our managing fatigue calendars.  The purpose

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Fatigue

Alertness Exercises

Control room operators, like many of us, spend a great deal of time sitting. It is likely the most comfortable position for monitoring the pipeline,

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CRM

The Filthy 15: Stress

I am unfamiliar with any efforts to identify and to address the effects of job stress in most pipeline companies.  In fact, one job posting

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Fatigue

A Time to Simplify

The month of March is an important time in my family.  My dad, brother, nephew, granddaughter, and I have birthdays this month. We enjoy getting

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Fatigue

Tune Your Engine

Have you ever had a car, motorcycle or truck that you liked a lot? You probably took very good care of the engine in that

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Fatigue

Assess and Adjust

During a recent workload assessment, I observed a Controller who completed the shift-change process thoroughly, then immediately set to work organizing his console. He rearranged

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Pre 2022 Articles

A Time to Play

The holiday season has arrived. Some of you feel elated by that; others feel a deep sense of dread. This time of year can be

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Diet: A 4-letter Word

The Scrabble dictionary contains 4,030 four-letter words. There are, undoubtedly, many fine words contained in that list such as ship, goat, free and plot to

Read More »

Quantity and Quality

Air, food, water and sleep are some of the most important resources our bodies need. Sleep is a basic, physiological need which our bodies cannot

Read More »

The Filthy 15: Lack of Professionalism

What does professionalism mean to you? Does your job description mention professionalism like these controller job descriptions? Demonstrated professional work experience in a customer service environment,

Read More »

Balance It Out

I’ve heard it said that common sense is not so common. No one is born with it, but it can certainly be developed over time.

Read More »

The Filthy 15: Norms

What is normal in your workplace? What are the mostly nonwritten rules and behaviors dictated and followed by the majority of the group?  I remember

Read More »

Digital Detox

Have you ever walked out of your house, forgot to bring your cell phone with you, and nearly panicked at the thought of leaving without

Read More »

The Filthy 15: Fatigue

We have provided since 2011 and continue to provide monthly “managing fatigue” articles that correlate to the topics in our managing fatigue calendars.  The purpose

Read More »

Alertness Exercises

Control room operators, like many of us, spend a great deal of time sitting. It is likely the most comfortable position for monitoring the pipeline,

Read More »

The Filthy 15: Stress

I am unfamiliar with any efforts to identify and to address the effects of job stress in most pipeline companies.  In fact, one job posting

Read More »

A Time to Simplify

The month of March is an important time in my family.  My dad, brother, nephew, granddaughter, and I have birthdays this month. We enjoy getting

Read More »

Tune Your Engine

Have you ever had a car, motorcycle or truck that you liked a lot? You probably took very good care of the engine in that

Read More »

Assess and Adjust

During a recent workload assessment, I observed a Controller who completed the shift-change process thoroughly, then immediately set to work organizing his console. He rearranged

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What Happens When We Sleep?

Good morning! Did you wake singing, “Zippadee-doo-dah, zippadee-a; my, oh my, what a wonderful day”? A good night’s sleep can leave you feeling livelier, with

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The Importance of Water

Water is the primary foundational component of health. It’s known to be the most important nutrient we take in because it’s involved in every function

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Teaching and Learning

“Associate with people who are likely to improve you.  Welcome those who you are capable of improving.  The process is a mutual one. People learn

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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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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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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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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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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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