Pilot Individual Fatigue

The division of responsibilities for fatigue management is that of a shared responsibility between the State , the Operator, and the Individual crew member . The State shall provide the necessary regulatory framework and ensure that it provides the necessary regulatory oversight to ensure that the State operators manage their fatigue risks to an acceptable level (ICAO, 2013, sec. 4.10*). The operator must ensure that work schedules allow crews to operate safely, make use of processes for monitoring and managing fatigue hazards and provide suitable fatigue management education (ICAO, 2016, p. 38**). The individual crewmember is responsible to ensure that they are fit for duty, this includes that they make best use of non-work periods to obtain sleep, managing their own fatigue levels and for reporting any fatigue hazards.

Despite the legal requirement for a crew member to declare fatigue, that fact that it is subjective and subject to the organisation’s safety culture clearly demonstrates the need for individual crew members to have some simple means to not only identify potential fatigue, but also be able to demonstrate this to their organisation.

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*ICAO, (2013). Operation of Aircraft" (PDF). International Standards and Recommended Practices. February 25, 2013.
**ICAO. (2016). Doc 9966: Manual for the Oversight of Fatigue Management Approaches (2nd ed.). ICAO, Montreal.