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Effects Of Fatigue In 24/7 Security Operations

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Security

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Published on January 12, 2011 with No Comments

The ASIS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, has released Fatigue Effects and Countermeasures in 24/7 Security Operations—the latest of its Connecting Research In Security to Practice (CRISP) Report series. In it, author James C. Miller, Ph.D. explores the effects of fatigue and night work on human cognitive performance and offers countermeasures that may be used to combat these effects. The report may be downloaded here from this link CRISP_Fatigue Effects.

“Humans are not biologically wired to work at night. Speed and accuracy on the job are only above average between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.,” determined Miller, “Come nightfall, efficiency and productivity decrease and safety risks rise.”

Miller’s research draws from both experimental and field studies conducted with police and others who work evening and rotating shifts, as well as fatigue research conducted by the Department of Defense. The report provides relevant information for security personnel and police in general, especially those who work at night.

Launched in 2008, CRISP reports provide practical, researched based solutions to help security professionals effectively tackle a wide range of security issues. The series invites experts in specialized aspects of security to present their views on a specific security concern.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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