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.
HAVS - Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
The HSE estimates that 2m people in the UK are at risk of developing HAVS. The good news is that it is preventable.Learn More
Segregation of man and machine
Accidents involving moving vehicles and active machinery remain alarmingly high and employers are adopting advanced proximity warning systems to help segregate man and machines to help keep workers safe.Learn More
Exposure to Harmful Dust
Dust is one of the biggest workplace health issues. Detecting real-life exposure to harmful dust is the first step towards prevention.Learn More
Noise Induced Hearing Loss - NIHL
Are certain workers being exposed to more noise than you would like? Detecting real-life exposure is the first step towards prevention.Learn More
Lone workers face the same risk of accident as everyone else, but it's compounded by the fact that no one may be around to support - how might technology help?Learn More
Workplace Social Distancing
Contact tracing in the workplace presents it's own challenges, it's important to know with accuracy not 'best-guess' who has crossed paths with someone who later goes on to test positive.Learn More