For almost half a century, MCR Safety has been on the forefront of innovative, quality PPE manufacturing. In April they took their products to the next level by partnering with us to create a new generation of smart PPE technology. This Smart PPE will take advantage of sensor technology to give workers and supervisors real-time feedback on hazards and facilitate safety communication across the entire work space.
Corvex had a chance to interview Mitch Lewellyn, CEO of MCR Safety about the challenges in safety programs today and how smart PPE will soon revolutionize worker safety.
Injuries in the workplace can be costly for a company. Initial medical bills for an injured employee can affect insurance premiums and downtime for valued employees also costs a company in terms of not only dollars, but productivity as well. Thankfully worker injuries and illnesses have dropped considerably in the last few decades - down from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 2.9 per 100 in 2016. (OSHA) However, any problem can still not only dramatically impact the lives of workers and those around them, it can equate to substantial profit loses for a business, not to mention the loss of productivity.
The linear relationship between workplace safety and a company’s budget for safety might be something to consider. Often the problem has less to do with the actual dollar amount invested in safety, but rather the approach to handling safety, or the "philosophy of safety" in the work environment. The fact of the matter is more and more executives and leaders are understanding that a stronger safety culture can make significant contributions to a company’s bottom line. At Corvex, we think of it not only as a "culture" but also as a strong safety community, powered by workers engaged in their own safety and the safety of those around them.
Safety gear is essential to keeping workers safe from on the job hazards that can cause injuries and illnesses. PPE is not new to industry and protective gear such as hard hats, gloves, glasses, and vests have been utilized in dangerous environments for hundreds of years. Initially PPE was used to protect a person from falling objects, splatters, or spills. But technology has given us materials that can withstand high temperatures, is impervious to penetrations, and is resistant to corrosive substances. But what can the next generation of Smart PPE do for industry? Some of the leaders in safety gear have introduced new products that will take safety in the workplace into the next generation.
Corvex has recently partnered with HexArmor, global leaders in smart PPE manufacturing, to pilot the Corvex Connected Safety platform with several of their PPE products.
HexArmor's longstanding focus on developing and applying Smart PPE technology for their equipment products is a perfect match for the Corvex platform's innovative and advanced options for digitally transforming safety. Everything began for HexArmor with one glove and a never-before-seen technology and evolved into a robust PPE product line and Smart PPE, created with a focus on people and not just price. HexArmor employs over 150 safety professionals to solve difficult safety problems for leading companies in oil and gas, construction, energy, lumber, pulp and paper, transportation and other industries.
As industry gets ready for a new kind of workplace safety, it's important to stay up on all the trends and technology advances. At Corvex we're keeping an eye on great articles and news in the world of workplace safety. For that reason we'll be starting each month with the "best of" the previous month's workplace safety news. The following includes a short article summary plus a link for your convenience. Enjoy!
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?
Click here to see the rest of the story on EHS Today.
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!
Miss us at the conference? Email us today to learn more about worker-powered safety with Corvex!
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.