Worker engagement is the final step in creating a truly connected safety strategy. Connected, data-driven digital safety strategies mean that hazards can be identified, brought to a supervisor's attention and eliminated quickly - preempting potential incidents. Embracing new technology, enhanced communication and in-depth training are also all components of a healthy safety culture. Some companies stand out from their peers in terms of working toward a new kind of safety that embraces leading indicators. In this post, we recognize five great examples of companies getting safety right!
Last week at Safety 2018 Dan Blaze from EHS Today compiled a list of the best mobile apps in safety. Corvex in connection with our partner partner Ergodyne made the list. Here's an excerpt with a link to see the entire slideshow.
Safety 2018 - How Mobile Apps are Becoming Part of Safety
As a newcomer to the safety industry, I used the show floor at the ASSE show in San Antonio as a window into the ways technology is becoming part of new products. The most visible way technology enters any market these days is via mobile platforms, and safety is no different because, quite frankly, we are all carrying the most powerful computer we have ever owned in our pockets.
In tech ancient history, we always talked about adoption rates and how long would it take for devices to be deployed in the field. With smart mobile device use at close to 100% (for the working population at least), the barrier to utilize mobile apps is very low and, in my opinion, it is only a question of time. So, out of 600 exhibitors at ASSE2018, what did I find?
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This week the Corvex team was onsite at Safety 2018, the premier conference of the American Society of Safety Professionals in San Antonio, Texas. The event attracts more than 5,000 safety professionals who come together to learn about best practices, case studies, the latest technology and how to advance their safety efforts. The Corvex Connected Safety Platform exhibit drew massive crowds. Here's a sample of some of the comments we heard about Corvex, the first worker-powered safety platform:
“You guys have nailed it. Seriously nailed it!"
“This is the best thing I have seen at the show."
“Sign me up!”
Listen as Corvex founder Joe O'Brien explains what makes the Corvex Connected Safety Platform so unique in this video straight from the floor of Safety 2018!
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Workplace safety is making not only a generational shift, but a gender shift as well. In the next installment in our series of interviews with major influencers in the workplace safety industry we talk to Abby Ferri, President of the Ferri Group LLC. The Ferri Group provides full service safety management consulting services. This includes written program review and development, personnel safety training, preparation and coaching for Voluntary Protection Program status, and weekly and monthly site inspection. With over 15 years experience in the field of safety and health in diverse industries including construction, manufacturing, insurance, healthcare, hospitality, beverage, and retail, Abby has valuable insight into where worker safety has been, where it is now, and where it’s headed in the future.
Abby is also a featured speaker at Safety 2018, where she will be delivering three talks on various aspects of worker safety. We were fortunate that Abby took time to visit the Corvex office for a chat with Corvex CEO and President, Ted Smith.
A strong, measurable safety strategy is the best way to improve the safety and productivity of your employees. Although lagging safety indicators can and should be used to help report safety statistics, real time, contextual data can transform a safety measurement program into one that is proactive, predictive, and engages workers much more effectively.
Fortunately, the technology exists for a new kind of safety environment that connects workers as part of an engaged safety community. Connected safety platforms can help safety managers make proactive decisions based on real time reporting from workers and sensors. When configured to meet the unique needs of each work environment and its management, a data driven safety program can analyze safety in real time, measure the impact of safety training, and deliver relevant safety information so that management can make appropriate decisions to help reduce and mitigate risk exposure. Specifically, here are three benefits of using a connected, data driven safety solution:
Trackable Safety Results Through AR and VR
A strong safety culture is critical to reducing accidents, injuries, and other work-related hazards. But many workers see safety measures as tedious and time-consuming. They often require an exhaustive list of protocols and can even reduce productivity. But harnessing the power of technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) may not only inspire and empower workers to take safety into their own hands, they might also reduce workplace injuries and accidents.
Statistics show that there’s a strong correlation between worker engagement and better safety practices. In 2016 Gallup found that engaged workers have 70% fewer workplace accidents. Empowering employees through mobilizing a hands-on environment, especially younger workers with more visual, technology-driven approaches, has a tangible impact on reducing incidents. Data can also be used by managers to measure the specific progress and results of training programs for employees using VR and AR technology through an integrated platform.
2001: A Space Odyssey imagined a high functioning Artificial Intelligence (AI) named Hal that evolved from being a helper and friend to humans to ultimately become their biggest nemesis. Cinema and media have both perpetuated the idea of self-aware computers taking over the world, enslaving their human inferiors. But while that all makes for great entertainment, the reality of AI is much more simplistic, if not a bit mundane, in application. The fact is that AI is designed for use as tools to improve, not replace, the human condition. And one area that is seeing the most benefit is the safety industry.
AI in the workplace is nothing new. The manufacturing industry has utilized it for decades. Robotic arms used to operate assembly lines were one of the first means of implementation in industry. These machines harness data patterns and predictions using AI to bridge the gaps in static safety processes to decrease injuries and production errors. Because of the success of AI in manufacturing, it’s predicted to have unprecedented growth in the future. In fact, manufacturing experts predict that AI will increase the GDP more than $15 trillion by 2030. These machines will be used to automate functions, reducing risk by maintaining reliable and consistent output. This will not only keep workers safer but improve efficiency.
Global PPE manufacturer to collaborate with leading connected safety platform company to create innovative smart products
April 23, 2018 – Eden Prairie, Minn. – Representatives from Corvex Connected Safety, the first worker-powered IoT safety platform, announced that PPE industry leader MCR Safety has joined the company’s strategic partner program. The Corvex Connected Safety Platform uses IoT infrastructure to create smart, connected work environments that engage and empower workers. The companies will collaborate to develop Smart PPE technology that integrates MCR Safety equipment with the Corvex solution.
New technology means that building a safety community in the workplace has become easier. Smart PPE and passive sensors are connecting workers within their environments through the Internet of Things (IoT).
Recent industry reports show not only a huge growth in the marketplace for sensors and other IoT-based devices, but also adoption within industries accelerating at a rapid pace.
As we spring forward into 2018, there’s still plenty of time to learn a new skill or develop new strategies to improve your workplace safety strategies. And what could be more important to your personal well being and security of your business than attending one of this year’s safety conferences? Although we're already in Q2, there are great events happening from May throughout the rest of the year.
With so many workplace safety conferences to choose from, and it can be difficult to pick one that meets your needs. Here is a list of our top safety conferences for the rest of this year. Whether you’re looking for one close to home, or prefer to attend a large event like NSC or Safety 2018, there should be one in this list that will meet your needs.