The Importance of Workplace Safety for Businesses Today
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The Importance of Workplace Safety for Businesses Today

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Edge computing and video AI will continue to empower enterprises by providing valuable, actionable insights from streaming data as workplace safety becomes increasingly important to every industry's operation.

FREMONT, CA: Companies must utilize emerging technologies, like video sensors and advanced analytics, and automate employee health and safety monitoring functions to increase workplace safety and minimize penalties for noncompliance. Businesses can relieve themselves from inefficient, manual processes or posted reminders to better implement regulations and ensure workplace safety by automating health and safety monitoring.

Artificial intelligence (AI) powered real-time video analytics stands out among these new technologies, allowing enterprises to automate health and safety monitoring. These technologies will become more crucial as video data will increase when more employees return to in-person work during the COVID-19 outbreak to improve workplace safety. 

This ability will help companies avoid costly cloud data processing charges, as digital transformation efforts are estimated to occupy 53 percent of IT budgets in the following years. Video-based AI technology can rapidly and correctly generate actionable insights in real-time for cost savings and increased operational efficiency, eventually improving overall workplace safety by removing the necessity to send these ever-increasing amounts of Internet of Things (IoT) data to the cloud for processing.

Here are some examples of how video and computer vision can be used to enhance health and safety monitoring.

PPE Monitoring

Employees in industrial settings were compelled to wear PPE such as hard helmets, vests, gloves, eyewear, respirators, and other such items before COVID-19.

Workplace video monitoring paired with real-time analytics can help prevent injuries and boost productivity. Computer vision technologies can identify a lack of or inappropriate use of PPE by processing live video data from ordinary RGB cameras. When a safety violation is detected while improving workplace safety, the video analytics platform can send email or SMS text alerts to safety supervisors.

Hazard Detection

Moving cranes, falling debris, trip hazards, slick surfaces, and gas leaks are all examples of workplace risks. AI-enabled video analytics efforts and video-based sensors can be designed to prevent any of these hazards from occurring, which will decrease the number of liabilities for a business and improve workplace safety.

Like PPE detection, live video streams from common RGB cameras can be combined with custom-designed deep learning models for businesses' specific workplace concerns.

Health Monitoring

Industrial enterprises must safeguard the physical and mental well-being of their employees by improving workplace safety. The real-time power of video AI technology can also prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, the flu, and the common cold in the workplace. Analytics platforms can be trained to identify high body temperatures (i.e., a fever), social distancing breaches, and proper facial covering or respirator usage by combining the ingestion of live video streams from thermal and RGB cameras with deep learning models.

Video AI-powered health monitoring solutions, like PPE and hazard monitoring, can be modified to represent an organization's specific health requirements.