We maintain a source library of documents and links regarding human factors and impairment related risk. Please contact BLT for specific requests or areas of interest.

BLT Publications (PDF or Word)

Demonstration

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Instructions for AlertnessCentral.com

Complete instructions for administering the Alertness Central system.

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Alertness Central Shapes

This is the library of shapes used in the BLT Alertness test. Provided for users of the BLT alertness testing system, Test 1.

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Testing for Human Fatigue

Summary of the 2004 sleep deprivation trial conducted by BLT and Circadian Technologies, Inc.

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BLT White Paper: Fatigue and Accidents

Summary of evidence connecting fatigue and accidents.

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Sample Corporate Fitness For Work Policy

Corporate policy document including BLT Alertness Testing.

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Screening Technology 1.11.10

Lists companies currently offering alertness screening technology.

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NMSA Conference Presentation

Presentation by BLT CEO, Bowles, for the National Maritime Safety Association regarding available systems for alertness/impairment testing. (PowerPoint)

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BLT 2009 Research Report

Summarizes BLT research to 2009 including sleep deprivation trials, implementation trials and our experiments with scoring algorithms. Significant progress was made with scoring. This is an ongoing and fascinating field of study in applied science and game theory.

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BLT Press Release Information

Press Release-24 Jan 06

Drug testing vs alertness testing.

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Press Release-16 Jan 06

Announces availability of Alertness Central on Internet

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Press Release-2 Feb 06

Covers three accidents that might not have happened.

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Press Release - 3 Nov 2011

Describes the Alertometer App.

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Related Publications

Monitoring the Status of the Human Brain

Circadian Technologies, Inc. from 24×7 Operations: Optimizing Human Performance, Chapter 12.

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NTSB Impaired Driving Report

A good summary of the impaired driving problem, 2003.

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Fatigue in Truck Accidents

A fascinating and well researched study on fatigue and truck accidents. A good basis for cost analysis. (Canada, 1989).

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Effect of Reducing Interns' Work Hours on Serious Medical Errors in Intensive Care Units

Important study showing the effects of long work hours on error rate.

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72 Hour Work Shift

A current and relevant study by Steven A. Zwirm of the Park City UT Fire Department to determine if firefighters may safely work for 72 consecutive hours.

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Effect of Reducing Interns' Weekly Work Hours on Sleep and Attentional Failures

Further study with interns. This article and the one above relate to BLT study scheduled for summer ’08 with subject interns.

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Of Substance: Workplace Drug Testing

Review of drug testing from the Australian point of view. Republished with permission from Of Substance, 10.5.2009.

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A Measure of Strong Driver fatigue

Tracking microsleep to monitor driver fatigue. This concise paper outlines some of the issues surrounding fatigue measurement – in this case by measuring micorsleep events.

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Human Error and Marine Safety

Excellent quick report by Dr. Anita M. Rothblum.

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Memory Screening

“Screening for Memory Disorders, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” by Dr Wesson Ashford, M.D., Ph.D. Dr Ashford has worked closely with BLT in developing our memory testing site Cogolog.

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Other Resources

ICADTS

The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety is an excellent source of information on research and development in this field.

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ICADTS Report on Drugs

Good overview with an international perspective.

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FAA-Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements

This is the FAA’s proposal to amend flight, duty and rest regulations for pilots and crew members. While the report lamentably neglects fitness testing it does represents a major new initiative to improve management of human fatigue. The report offers guidelines for anyone managing shift work cycles and personal fatigue.

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Fatigue Management - Tech Brief from The U.S. Department of Transportation, FMCSA

A study of a number of fatigue management devices. The hardware represented is obsolete as much of what these dedicated devices can do can now be done by smart phones. However, that does not detract from the operational importance of the systems used and the study results.

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