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Safety Action

Summary

Local safety action

The B737 operator amended controlled rest procedures to require both crew members to be on duty when a change in level was conducted.

ATSB safety action

The ATSB issued Safety Advisory Notice (SAN) 20010244 to the aviation industry on 2 May 2002. That notice stated:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau alerts all operators in the transport industry, particularly those involved in extended-hours operations, to the possibility of crew members suffering sleep inertia and suggests that operators take steps to mitigate the effects of sleep inertia. The steps should not include subjecting employees to sleep deprivation.

The ATSB issued SAN20010245 to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority on 15 April 2002. That notice stated:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau suggests that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority alert all aviation industry operators to the possibility of sleep inertia impairing performance, particularly that of flight and maintenance crews.

The ATSB also issued SAN20020035 to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority on 15 April 2002. That notice stated:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau suggests that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority ensure that operators have strategies in place to mitigate the effects of sleep inertia as part of their fatigue management systems.

 
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