For many years, the workplace population has been managing with generalised 'one size fits all' health and safety advice. That's changing with the arrival of IoT enabled sensor technology and a growing acceptance of wearables in our personal lives for health and fitness. Take-up of wearables at work now feels 'normal', making it easier than ever to provide workers with individual feedback on their exposure to risk, and managers with a clear view of what's happening to their at risk employees in the field.
Here in the UK, even with one of the best reputations globally for health and safety, around 140 people are killed at work each year. There are a further 12,000 work health-related deaths, and 1.7 million people suffering from work-related ill-health.
Here are some of the pervasive workplace health risks still being grappled with today, alongside the measures required to actively prevent those risks from becoming long-term health issues.