NASA Controller Fatigue Assessment Report

Source: Federal Aviation Administration, Memorandum, July 18, 2015

From the Q&A press release:
What steps has the FAA taken to relieve the problem of controller fatigue?
In 2012, the FAA implemented a comprehensive Fatigue Risk Management System to manage controller fatigue. This Fatigue Risk Management System includes policy and practice changes, along with fatigue education to raise awareness about the personal responsibilities associated with managing fatigue. Some of the changes the FAA has made as part of the Fatigue Risk Management System include:
• Allowing for recuperative breaks when no duties are assigned
• Requiring nine hours off duty where a day shift follows an evening shift
• Requiring positive confirmation of air traffic hand-offs during midnight operations
• Restricting consecutive midnight shifts
• Restricting 10-hour midnight shifts
• Restricting the start time of early morning day shifts that precede a midnight shift
• Allowing controllers to self-declare fatigue and take time off if needed to recuperate