Aware4Duty Resources

The Science Behind Aware4Duty

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) validated Aware4Duty in a clinical study that was undertaken in 2009 and has since been adopted by numerous safety-sensitive organizations. 


Aware4Duty FAQ

Who should use Aware4Duty?

We recommend Aware4Duty for any employee who does work that can be a safety risk if the worker is not cognitively fit for work. This includes activities like driving, operating power tools or heavy equipment, working with gas or electricity, working at a height or performing medical procedures.

When should workers take the Aware4Duty test?

Aware4Duty is ideal for use before each shift, as well as after lunch or before a higher risk activity such as driving. At a minimum, our recommendation is that the assessment be taken at the start of each shift.

How do workers access the Aware4Duty app?

Employees download the Aware4Duty app (iOS, Android) to a smartphone or tablet and logs in to begin the screen.

For remote locations or locations without access to wifi, workers can log-in from tablets or computers that are resident at a site and complete an assessment without using their own device.

Why is Aware4Duty needed in workplaces?

According to the National Safety Council, 69 percent of employees are tired at work. Fatigue can affect performance, and in high-risk industries mistakes can be fatal.

Other issues impact cognitive performance and hinder a worker’s short-term memory, reaction time and judgment. One estimate suggests that up to 40 percent of industrial workplace fatalities are caused by substance abuse.

When it comes to worker safety, it doesn’t matter what impacts performance. It just matters that workers, their colleagues and the public may be at risk and not know it.

Organizations need non-intrusive, objective ways to prevent incidents while safeguarding worker privacy.

How should I roll out Aware4Duty in the workplace?

AwareDuty is part of a cultural shift that focuses on worker health. Working when fatigued or on medications can impact affect ability to make sound judgments. Using app-based testing to identify such issues is part of a broader commitment to worker health.

You can incorporate an Aware4Duty rollout with communications about monitoring and dealing with fatigue, identifying and avoiding unsafe behavior, and reducing the stigma of cognitive impairment.

Include all employees in your roll-out plan and assure employees that their results will not be used to penalize them or expose them to others.

What can supervisors learn from Aware4Duty?

Supervisors log into a portal that gives them access to worker scores. They can use this information to identify any individual worker issues, as well as overall trends that can inform safety communications and improve policies.

What should I do if a score is outside the normal rage with Aware4Duty?

When a worker is assessed as unfit for work that day, it does not immediately mean the person is cognitively impaired. They should take the test again. If subsequent tests also register as outside the normal range, further investigation by a supervisor is recommended.

Aware4Duty is not meant to pass judgment. It’s a tool to flag a potential issue so supervisors can be informed and investigate appropriately.

What are the legal implications of using Aware4Duty?

Aware4Duty is a non-invasive, image-based test that does not identify the cause of impairment. It is also not considered medical data.

User data will need to be kept private, according to the privacy policies of your organization.

Does failing Aware4Duty mean someone is at risk for dementia?

Outside normal range results from Aware4Duty simply means that the user should take the test again. Scores are based on baseline data established by each unique user. Individual results may also vary.

Sudden and consistent diminished performance may indicate mild cognitive impairment, but Aware4Duty is not a medical diagnosis.

 


Background/research:

Sources for stats:

https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/safety-topics/fatigue

https://bradfordhealth.com/workplace-accidents-drug-alcohol-abuse/