Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS)

Reduce the Risk, Costs, and Liabilities of Fatigue

Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) are now the globally-accepted standard for managing the risk of employee fatigue in safety-sensitive businesses, including aviation, petrochemicals, and railroads. New laws, regulations, and ANSI standards continue to be published that require more and more companies in a variety of industries to design and implement an FRMS.

CIRCADIAN® is the global expert in Fatigue Risk Management System design and implementation with unsurpassed experience in assisting companies around the world to meet the challenge with its expert best practice solutions. We offer a wide range of consulting services and other tools, including:

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CIRCADIAN® has nearly 30 years of experience in developing and implementing fatigue risk management systems (FRMS). An FRMS is a data-driven, risk-informed, safety performance-based proactive program to mitigate the risks of fatigue in 24/7 operations. An FRMS fits within an organization’s overall health and safety program to create a process that will continually monitor and mitigate fatigue risk.

7 Key characteristics of a successful Fatigue Risk Management System

  • Science based – Supported by established peer-reviewed science
  • Data driven – Decisions based on collection and objective analysis of data
  • Cooperative -- Designed together by all stakeholders
  • Fully Implemented – System-wide use of tools, systems, policies, procedures
  • Integrated -- Built into the corporate safety & health management systems
  • Continuously improved – Progressively reduces risk using feedback, evaluation & modification
  • Owned – Responsibility accepted by senior corporate leadership

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CIRCADIAN®’s expert gap analysis tools can help your company evaluate its current needs for fatigue mitigation, either to establish a new state-of the-art FRMS or to improve a system already implemented.

CIRCADIAN has extensive experience in implementing and reviewing FRMS in a wide-variety of industries. Our Gap Analysis tools will:

Numerically rate how well your organization meets required or recommended industry fatigue risk standards (e.g., ANSI-API RP 755 for Refining and Petrochemical Industries)
Develop recommendations, times lines, and accountability systems for bridging any gaps and improving your FRMS

CIRCADIAN’s FRMS Gap Analysis examines many components of an operation, including:

  • Staff-Workload balance
  • Safety Promotion: Training, Education, Communication
  • Work Environment
  • Individual Risk Assessment and Mitigation
  • Incident/New Miss Investigation
  • Work Schedules and Hours of Service Limits
  • Continuous Improvement; Periodic Review

To provide an accurate Gap Analysis of your system, CIRCADIAN collections information from:

Management Interviews

  • FRMS Steering Committee/Task Teams
  • Management tea

Physical Observations

  • Control rooms and other work areas
  • Breaks rooms, cafeterias, fitness facilities, etc.

Document Review

  • Formal FRMS programs
  • Other existing safety, health, training and operating programs
  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Payroll and work schedule history data

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Tools and services that address every component of a successful fatigue risk management system, including:

  • Staffing and Hours of Service compliance
  • Scheduling and fatigue risk modeling
  • Education and training
  • Risk assessments
  • Accident and incident investigation

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CIRCADIAN® has broad international experience in FRMS evaluation, design, development, and implementation in many 24/7 industries:

Petrochemical & Refining: CIRCADIAN® served as a scientific consultant to the American Petroleum Institute as it developed the ANSI/API standard for fatigue risk management in the petrochemical and refining industries. Released in April 2010, ANSI RP-755 outlines the recommended practice for all stakeholders in the petroleum and petrochemical industries to understand, recognize, and mitigate fatigue in the workplace.

Aviation: CIRCADIAN® is working with diverse types of aviation carriers in the design, implementation, and auditing of FRMS. We have conducted a major study required by the US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) on aircrew fatigue in ultra-long range (ULR) and long range flying with three airlines in collaboration with two universities.

Railroads: CIRCADIAN® developed the first FRMS in the Canada-US railroad industry, which has been the model for FRMS implementation throughout that industry.

Pipeline: Over the past few years, CIRCADIAN has worked with many Pipelines as they have implemented the fatigue mitigation portion of the PHMSA regulation for control room management.

Industry Adoption of FRMS:

  • Aviation: President Obama signed H.R. 5900 into law on August 1, 2010, requiring every US airline to develop an FRMS plan by October 31, 2010.
  • Oil/Petrochemical: The American Petroleum Institute (API) published ANSI Standard RP-755 in 2010 and updated it in 2019, requiring all US refining and petrochemical operations to implement a comprehensive FRMS.
  • Other 24/7 Operations, including railroads, trucking companies, and power plants are facing setting new regulations and standards that will require FRMS implementation in increasing numbers of companies every day.

CIRCADIAN® delivers workforce solutions for business that work around the clock.

Find out how our performance and safety experience can help you.