Wearable Devices Used for Digital Job Hazard Assessments

What are Digital Job Hazard Assessments?

A Job Hazard assessment is the processes of identifying hazards and ensuring that a work space is safe before commencing work. They can also be known as pre-work hazard assessments, job safety analysis, and work hazard analysis. Different organizations may have a unique name for the process, but it is a common practice among industrial operations.

A Digital Job Hazard Assessment is the same process only managed digitally, and can involve recording images of the work-site during the assessment. Unlike paper-based assessments, digital recordings can be automatically recorded into a data historian for future analysis and auditing.

Benefits of Digital Job Hazard Assessments

Basic Job Hazard Assessments are generally mandated by government or regulatory bodies and are therefore compulsory.

The benefit of utilizing a digital process for performing job hazard assessments is a streamlined process that results in less worker-time spent doing the assessment and filling out paperwork. Additionally all information is immediately digital and can be audited by software in real-time to alert relevant personnel to identified hazards, or incomplete assessments. By utilizing a digital process using modern mobile or wearable technology it is also possible to remind the worker that they need to do the assessment, therefore improving compliance.

How Do the Following Wearables Enable Digital Job Hazard Assessments?

The following list of wearables are capable of enabling digital job hazard assessments because they provide wireless connectivity and a human-machine-interface. By tracking the worker's location and correlating it with known work orders in the vicinity, a worker can be reminded automatically to perform the assessment. The devices themselves can communicate step-by-step checklists to guide the worker through the assessment, as well as record responses either through button input or audio recordings that are transcribed by software. Some devices that have cameras can also take pictures during the assessment that are automatically filed with the relevant responses.

Related Workplace Applications

Occupational Health and Safety & Automated Environment Digitization


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