Sleep: The Most Important Component of Safe Behavior








October 23rd, 2019


9:15 am - 10:15 am 


Nevada 9


Company: Colorado School of Mines

Title: Health and Safety Program Manager

Michelle Reiher is a certified industrial hygienist and certified safety professional with over 20 years of safety and health experience in general industry and mining.  She holds the MSHA IS, IU and IN certifications and has develop and conducted safety and health training within the MSHA Part 48 New Miner, Annual Refresher and Instructor Training courses.  She has a passion for health and safety training and believes everyone should be given the knowledge to make choices that will keep them safe.

Company: Colorado School of Mines

Title: Health and Safety Program Part 48 Coordinator

Korky Vault has more than 25 years of health and safety training experience in both the environmental laboratory and mining industries.  She holds the MSHA IS, IU and IN certifications and has developed and conducted training for MSHA Part 48 courses and OSHA courses on Fall Protection, Confined Space Entry and Hazard Communication.  In addition to believing that proper training will help prevent injuries and fatalities, she has a passion for understanding how our individual brain make-up can impact our daily lives, including safety in the workplace.



All of us know what it’s like to be tired or sleepy. But what if you felt tired all day, every day? For many American workers, this is the norm. 

Why are Americans not getting enough sleep? Experts think there are five main reasons:

  1. They don’t know the importance of sleep
  2. They have economic and social pressures to stay awake
  3. They simply have too much to do
  4. They suffer from sleep disorders 
  5. They work shift work or more than 40 hours per week

When you get less sleep than you need, the results are often slowed reaction time, reduced vigilance, reduced decision-making ability, poor judgment, distraction during complex tasks, and loss of awareness.  The safety implications in all areas are staggering.