If your business operates in construction, mining, manufacturing, oil and gas or any environment dealing with industrial machinery and volatile conditions, your workers are putting themselves at risk to deliver for the business. And while health and safety professional are already aware of the responsibility to keep employees as safe as possible – accidents can still happen, and your employees are not the only ones at risk if they get injured. The implications for your business could be immense.

We know that accidents happen and that humans make mistakes. It is impossible to eliminate the risk of accidents entirely. In fact, according to our data, the average business operating in high-risk environments had to deal with 27 non-fatal injuries that led to days off work in the last year. And nearly half (47%) of these were a result of human error.

While accidents are unavoidable, you can take steps to drastically reduce the risk of resulting injuries by ensuring that all workers wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Our own figures suggest that almost 3 in 10 workplace injuries are as a direct result of PPE failure or non-compliance, and these could be eliminated through proper monitoring and alerts. And if you look at the industry as a whole, hse.gov’s latest data shows that 16,746 accidents in the last year could have been prevented through the correct implementation of PPE in the workplace.

Not only could these casualties have been avoided, but so could the extremely large costs to businesses that follow them. The cost of PPE related accidents in Construction alone was £122million in 2017/18, and that’s just in the UK.

These statistics show that businesses cannot drop the ball on PPE – and it is vital that they maintain as high compliance levels as they possibly can, as often as they can. It is therefore extremely surprising that most businesses (84%) still manually monitor employees’ PPE compliance.

So, how can businesses reduce the risk of PPE failure to protect their employees from harm and themselves from losses? Our talented team at Cortexica have developed an automated solution using Vision AI and machine learning to monitor PPE compliance. It is called AI-PPE Compliant.

 

What is AI-PPE Compliant?

Product 1: Access Point

AI-PPE Compliant comprises of two products and can be integrated into any camera. The first of these products is called ‘Access Point’. This analyses each and every worker outside the entrance of the worksite, and only allows them through the entrance if they meet all the PPE requirements. Should they be missing a piece of equipment, they will be prevented from entering the site.

Product 2: Continuous monitoring

Nevertheless, ensuring employees enter the workplace sufficiently protected is only half the battle. Workers can take the equipment off once on site for any number of reasons. Areas can get hot, equipment can become heavy, it can be momentarily removed or forgotten to put back on.

Therefore, the second solution to AI-PPE Compliant is called ‘Continuous Monitoring’ – and it does exactly that. This product constantly monitors everyone within the site 24 hours a day for PPE compliance – without relying on manual checks that are prone to human error and external variables.

Should any ‘non-compliance’ be detected, the system will alert the on-site manager instantly through any form of communication. This way, non-compliance can be dealt with in real time and injuries can be prevented, saving companies in the UK hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of pounds.

 Not only this, butAI automation can save valuable time collecting and analysing data for those responsible for the safety of their employees. This allows them to focus on new strategic and innovative ways to improve workplace safety, instead of their time being taken up manually monitoring worksites.

If you’d like to find out more about overcoming the barriers of PPE compliance with artificial intelligence you can download the whitepaper, or view our AI-PPE Compliant solutions. We will also be taking a closer look at the challenges and solutions for PPE-compliance in 2019 in our next blog post.