Most Workers and Supervisors have experienced some form of fatigue that alters their brain functions.
Fatigue and sleepiness can cause cognitive function impairment including decreased motor functions, impaired attention, decreased concentration, and decreased working memory functions.
For example, during an Oil and Gas Turnaround a Worker in a safety sensitive position just switched to nights and is 5 hours into their 3rd night of 12 hour shifts. A Supervisor observes that the Worker is yawning and has slurred speech.
Quick Test™ is an ideal tool to assist the Employer with an “in the moment” assessment of a Worker’s cognitive function status for all of the other combined factors that can cause cognitive function impairment including fatigue.
If the Worker obtains a suboptimal cognitive function result in Quick Test™, the Supervisor, as directed by the Employer’s Policies, may decide to place the Worker in a forced rest area for a few hours to allow the Worker to recover. Prior to the Worker returning to the work area, the Worker can complete a Quick Test™ assessment to confirm that the Worker’s “in the moment” cognitive function status is adequate to return to the performance of duties in a safety sensitive work environment.