Being a Sleep Educator
I want to blog today about an experience I had related to sleep in industry. I know it's been done but it is pertinent still. I took the sleep educator workshop at FOCUS this summer and thank God I passed the exam. It was a toughy. Then, as if right on cue, I was contacted by a company in our area asking for me to attend their annual employee health and safety training. I went yesterday to tour the plant and learn about what they actually do and see the work sites of their employees. This was all at the company's invitation.
I must admit that I am very impressed by this company's approach to sleep-related issues on the job. I will be the only healthcare professional present on training day and focusing just on sleep. Safety is of upmost importance at this plant and they recognize that shift workers face a unique set of problems when it comes to being able to remain alert on the job. I toured the facility giving an eye to the work space and looking for areas where they could make changes that would make staying alert easier? I guess that's how I want to say that. This companys willingness to be proactive represents to me a novel approach. They don't just say they are concerned about safety among shift workers, but they are putting a plan into action. I am so excited to be a part of this process and to have my first official task as a sleep educator lined up.