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The Role of Technology in Workplace Safety

Can Artificial Intelligence improve safety at work?

According to an AI company based in San Francisco, it can. Voxel, claims that its technology has decreased “onsite injuries by upwards of 80%” and increased “operational productivity by more than 20% using existing cameras.” Their technology can recognize work safety hazards and alert human personnel to resolve the identified issue.

 

Voxel isn’t the only company using this technology. Wizata, a digital platform for manufacturing optimization, explains the “Internet of Things or IoT is a unique smart system that uses tiny sensors to monitor everything from individual machines to entire production lines, employees, and everything.”

 

AI is an exciting advancement. It feels so futuristic to consider that computers are so advanced they can protect us humans from human error, but what if your budget does not allow for such a sophisticated monitoring system? Are you resigned to ongoing and ever-increasing workplace injuries and illnesses? Another factor is to consider how employees respond to constant artificial surveillance.

 

Change, technological or otherwise, always excites the imagination. And it often makes us a little uncomfortable.” Guru Banavar, Harvard Business Review

 

While our opinions on the topic of AI might be vast and varied, the bottom line is we are moving more and more towards this technological solution. What might be financially out of reach today will be the norm tomorrow. While we wait for the technology to become more affordable and available to the masses, workplace safety is still a top priority for those whose budgets cannot accommodate artificial intelligence, at least not in its most elaborate forms.

 

Workplace Safety Screenings offers technologies that improve workplace safety, but without losing the human touch so beneficial to those who undergo testing. To determine physical capabilities, abnormalities or deterioration, our Occupational Health and Wellness Programs offer an innovative piece of technology called BTE EvalTech. This wellness surveillance device evaluates employees using a game-like simulator that can check functionality, strength, range of motion and more. This fun and engaging tool can put employees at ease as they undergo monitoring. It can also provide useful feedback that can keep employees on a healthy track and in the right job role.

 

Occupational Wellness and workplace safety programs are necessary and desirable, but evaluations of any kind can make employees feel scrutinized and personally invaded. Workplace Safety Screenings works to provide information that protects the health of employees and your business with ease, efficiency and the utmost respect for privacy and bodily autonomy.

 

Of course, there’s a potential dark side to this encroachment of AI into the workplace that’s likely to leave some employees feeling distinctly uncomfortable. Bernard Marr -Forbes

While the future of workplace safety is evolving and becoming more advanced with each new day, Workplace Safety Screenings stays on the cutting edge of technology while keeping it affordable to businesses and without abandoning the human factor. Build confidence in your workforce with a customized Occupational Health & Wellness Program using BTE EvalTech.

 

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