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Transport Canada - Aviation Safety Letter Fatigue Risk Management System for the Canadian Aviation Industry: Employee Training Assessment (TP 14574E)

Fatigue Risk Management System for the Canadian Aviation Industry: Employee Training Assessment (TP 14574E)

This is the third in a seven-part series highlighting the work of the Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) Working Group and the various components of the FRMS toolbox. This article deals with TP 14574E, Employee Training Assessment. Intended for use by trainers, this optional module provides an assessment of employee competence in topics covered in the Fatigue Management Strategies for Employees (TP 14573E) workbook. We encourage our readers to consult the complete toolbox documentation by visiting www.tc.gc.ca/civilaviation/SMS/FRMS/menu.htm. —Ed.

The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate individual competence in each of the topics covered in Fatigue Management Strategies for Employees. Each chapter in the workbook begins with a set of learning outcomes that detail the knowledge and skills to be learned by the end of each chapter. Students should have completed each of the exercises and knowledge checks in the workbook before beginning this assessment.

The assessment process uses two approaches to evaluate employee competency in fatigue management. First, employees are asked direct questions intended to assess knowledge obtained from the workbook. Employees are also asked to maintain a logbook to demonstrate competence in applying the concepts of fatigue risk management to their specific work, social, and family situations.

This booklet consists of five elements:

  • Fundamental Knowledge Questions
  • Employee Logbook Instructions
  • Acceptable Responses to Fundamental Knowledge Questions
  • Logbook Checklist
  • Competency Assessment Results

The first two elements form the assessment tasks and should be completed by employees. The Acceptable Responses and the Logbook Checklist are intended primarily for a designated assessor to determine whether employees have provided appropriate answers and information. However, it may be useful to provide this material to employees during the assessment. This will ensure employees know the types of answers/information they are expected to provide for each question. If the answers to the fundamental knowledge questions are provided to employees, the assessor should conduct a verbal assessment, asking questions at random. The assessor should primarily ask the highlighted questions on page 3 of the online document (see link provided below).

The form provided in Competency Assessment Results serves as a certificate of competence. The feedback provided on this form should state whether the individual has demonstrated competence in fatigue risk management and highlight any areas that need further attention.

The assessor may be a safety manager within the organization who has achieved competence in fatigue risk management principles. Alternatively, assessors can be commissioned from external sources (such as universities or private consultants) to provide a more objective examination of employee responses.

How to use this assessment unit
First, ensure the workbook exercises have been completed. These questions can be used to determine how well the topic information has been understood.

Employees should complete the first two parts of the assessment:

  • Fundamental Knowledge Questions; and
  • Employee Logbook Instructions.

The Fundamental Knowledge Questions can be answered in the space provided in this booklet. The logbook should be completed in a separate notebook on a day-to-day basis for one month. Employee Logbook Instructions outline a number of elements that should be demonstrated and/or considered within the actual work environment. Employees should cover each element in their logbooks. If the organization already practises good fatigue risk management principles, and the employee already understands and uses these principles, the logbook can be completed retrospectively. That is, employees can detail how they approached the required elements listed on pages 9–10 in their specific work environment in the past.

Assessment criteria
The knowledge questions and the logbook form the majority of the assessment criteria. To complete the course, employees should have a one-on-one interview with a designated assessor. The assessor asks random questions from the Fundamental Knowledge Questions to test the employee’s understanding. The assessor also asks questions based on the logbook, calling for the employee to describe how various components of fatigue risk management were applied to the specific work situation. Following the interview, the assessor completes the Competency Assessment Results form on page 19 and provides feedback to the employee based on the assessment.

We conclude this overview of TP 14574E by encouraging our readers to view the entire document on-line and familiarize themselves with the five elements described above. Go to www.tc.gc.ca/CivilAviation/SMS/pdf/14574e.pdf.

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