Since the primary culprit for feeling fatigued is sleep loss, ensuring that the guard force has enough time in between schedule changes to ensure adequate sleep opportunities is key. The implementation of this countermeasure can have a positive impact on your guard performance. Teach them to recognize warning signs of sleepiness so they can remove themselves from a potentially dangerous situation. Put a plan into effect for sleepiness. Allow people to take breaks. Keep lights on at night in the work area if possible.
About the CRISP Report Series
Connecting Research in Security to Practice (CRISP) reports provide practical, researched-based techniques to help security professionals tackle a wide range of security issues. Drawing on research and evidence from around the world, each report summarizes the prevailing knowledge about a specific aspect of security, then recommends proven approaches to counter the threat. Connecting scientific research with existing security actions helps form good practices.
This series invites experts in specialist aspects of security to present their views on how to understand and tackle a security problem, using the best research evidence available.
Download your free copy of Fatigue Effects and Countermeasures in 24/7 Security Operations at www.asisfoundation.org.
Lisa Dolan, CPP, is Secretary of the Private Security Services Council (PSSC) of ASIS and is President of Securit, a Private Investigations and Security firm. She cites Dennis Blass, Mike Lehner, Tammy Block, Barrington Pinto and Dr. Laura Pagano as valued sources who helped with the writing of this article.