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Digital Readiness Resources for Embracing Safety Technologies
Work to Zero, in partnership with DEKRA, now offers an online assessment and report to help your organization advance in its readiness to implement safety technologies. Start by taking the Organizational Readiness Assessment for Safety Technology in the Workplace to determine your organization’s digital readiness level. Next, gain insight into your level and how to progress forward by reading the Determining Readiness for Safety Innovation and Industry 4.0 report. Learn more about barriers to digital change, the importance of the human mindset and the five phases of digital readiness

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Featured Technology Reports: A four-part research series on increasingly popular technologies that can reduce top workplace risks: Drones for Working at Height and Confined Space Inspections, Wearables for Fatigue Monitoring, Proximity Sensors to Avoid Equipment Strikes at the Worksite, and Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for Hazardous Work Training.

Work to Zero: Safety Technology White Paper: Safety Technology 2020: Mapping Technology Solutions for Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities in the Workplace is designed to help employers better understand how new technology can ensure a safer workforce. It looks at the top non-roadway hazardous situations where workers are most likely to die and provides technology solutions for each situation. Download the paper.

New NSC Partnership Offers VR Construction Hazard Awareness Assessment

The National Safety Council and Industrial Training International have developed a virtual reality hazard awareness experience and certification for the construction industry. The objective is to facilitate a universal benchmark for all construction workers to safely identify potential hazards at a job site. The exam is to be administered via a virtual reality headset, with desktop computer administration on the horizon. Applicants who successfully complete the exam will earn the Hazard Awareness Certification – a five-year credential. Learn more.

Recorded Webinars

Driving Down Key Safety Risks with Drones, sponsored by Univar Solutions - September 2021: Drones are a growing safety technology for mitigating risks associated with confined space entry, multiple inspection types, working at heights and other key workplace tasks. As one of the most rapidly developing aspects of aerospace, science and technology, drones will increasingly disrupt traditional processes as technological and adoption barriers are overcome. Join us as industry experts share best practices, lessons learned and case studies regarding the use of drones in the workplace to prevent serious injuries and fatalities.

  • Sept. 7, 11 a.m. (CT) - An Introduction to Drones for Workplace Safety: Panelists discuss how the application of drones has evolved over the years and the wide range of industries adopting drones for improved safety. Common uses involve drones being sent into high-risk areas, such as confined spaces and areas requiring work at height. Watch the webinar.
  • Sept. 14, 11 a.m. (CT) - Expanding Safety Using Drones for Confined Space Entry and Other Critical Tasks: Critical workplace tasks may include a variety of jobs involving performing work in permit-required confined spaces or conducting surveys at height. Confined spaces typically have restricted means of entry or exit and are not designed for continuous human occupancy due to a lack of ventilation or other situational factors. Additionally, critical inspections for emergency response may need to be completed at heights that could pose a fall risk. Learn how inspections and other tasks can be performed safely through the use of drones, and how drones can minimize or eliminate related exposures to workers across safety-sensitive industries. Watch the webinar.
  • Sept. 21, 11 a.m. (CT) - View from the Top: Using Aerial Drones for High-risk Situations: Aerial drones can be used to reduce or eliminate serious injuries and fatalities related to working at height, the most common non-roadway hazard leading to workplace fatalities. Drones are used more and more to conduct aerial inspections and other work to keep employees safely on the ground. Learn about specific use cases and best practices. Watch the webinar.
  • Sept. 28, 11 a.m. (CT) - A Deeper Dive into Reducing Risk with Submersible Drones: Join our panel to learn how submersible drones are used to conduct underwater inspections and other critical safety tasks. Submersible drones can eliminate the need for employees to work in high-risk conditions and can help reduce serious injury and downtime, improve safety inspections and lower inspection costs. Watch the webinar.

Proximity Sensors for a Safer Workplace - July 2021: Explore one of the most commonly mentioned safety technologies for reducing hazardous situations in recent Work to Zero research.

  • July 13 - Proximity Sensors for a Safer Workplace: The use of proximity sensor technology can help prevent struck-by and caught-between injuries, two of OSHA's Fatal Four leading causes of workplace fatalities. In this webinar, industry experts share best practices, lessons learned and case studies on the use of proximity sensors in the workplace to mitigate leading causes of serious injuries and fatalities. Watch the webinar.

Fatigue in the Workplace Series - May 2021: Explores several fatigue detection technologies and their ability to help save worker lives.

  • May 4 – Introduction to Fatigue in the Workplace and Detection Technology to Save Lives: Presents current information about fatigue in the workplace and introduces technology available to detect and mitigate the risk. Join three academic and research experts in this introductory discussion. Watch the webinar
  • May 11 – Sensors and Wearables: Using Biometric Data to Detect and Monitor Fatigue: Panel of industry partners discuss the use of sensors and wearables to collect biometric data to detect and monitor worker fatigue. Watch the webinar
  • May 18 – PVTs and Biomathematical Models: Gold Standard Tools for Detecting and Monitoring Fatigue : Psychomotor vigilance tests (PVTs) and biomathematical models have for decades been promoted as gold-standard tools for fatigue risk management. Technology vendors and companies discuss how to pilot and implement PVTs and biomathematical models to prevent fatigue-related workplace fatalities. Watch the webinar. 
  • May 25 – Hardware and Other Technology Solutions to Complement Fatigue Risk Management: Technology vendors and customers discuss hardware used to track visual cues and detect microsleep, technology that measures workers’ pupils and voice recognition to detect worker fatigue. Watch the webinar.

The Safety Application of Immersive Technology Series - March 2021: Explore immersive technology and its ability to help save worker lives.

  • Introduction to the Safety Application of Immersive Technology: An introduction to immersive technology. Watch the webinar.  
  • Virtual Reality for Enhanced Safety Training: A deeper dive into virtual reality with an overview of VR for safety training. Our speakers discuss case studies and impact, hardware and software, and barriers and integration. Watch the webinar.
  • Augmented Reality for Real-time Safety Application: A deeper dive into augmented reality with an overview of AR for safety training and real-time application. Speakers discuss case studies and impact, hardware and software solutions, and barriers and integration. Watch the webinar.
  • Immersive Technology and the Future of Work: Our expert panel discusses AR/VR topics, from how to pilot AR/VR and getting started, to how to make the business case for adopting immersives and the return on investment. Watch the webinar.

COVID-19 and Technology Webinar Series: Innovative technology solutions play an important role in mitigating COVID-19 risks. Hear from organizations embracing technology to manage everything from physical distancing to workplace testing, and contact tracing to public transportation. View the series.

Work to Zero: Leveraging Emerging Technology to Eliminate Workplace Serious Injuries and Fatalities - An NSC member-exclusive webinar recording: Starting from a sea of possible solutions – augmented and virtual reality, drones, wearables, robots and co-bots – this session provides grounding in the intersection of EHS and technology. Watch the webinar.

Research and Additional Resources

Work to Zero Tool: Explore our Work to Zero tool to locate safety technologies, access research and more. Locate safety technologies.

NSC 2020 Safety Technology in the Workplace Survey: Many of our findings are the result of two national NSC surveys conducted in April 2020 to understand the attitudes, opinions and barriers toward adoption of new safety-related technologies in incident-prone industries. Results were based on responses from 500 employers representing safety, human resources, risk or senior management professionals with significant decision-making influence, and 1,000 employees across manufacturing, construction, retail, transportation, agriculture, utilities and mining industries. Additional survey findings are forthcoming.

Campbell Institute Research: The Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council is the center of environmental, health and safety excellence. The Institute's true power lies in sharing proven knowledge, actionable solutions and best practices from leading-edge organizations worldwide. Access the latest research on SIF prevention as well as technology.

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