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  • Malika kaur

AI Anticipates and Addresses Hazards for your Workplace Safety

In the contemporary industrial landscape, businesses heavily rely on machinery and equipment to bolster productivity and efficiency. With reliance on machinery and equipment comes the inherent risk of workplace hazards. Maintaining machinery and equipment can be essential for smooth operations, but it also comes with its own set of hazards. These hazards associated with equipment malfunctions, safety, inadequate training can exert a substantial impact on operational efficiency. Inadequate handling, storage, or disposal of hazardous substances due to non-compliance with Environment, Health and Safety procedures (EHS) procedures can result in employee exposure to toxic chemicals, carcinogens, or allergens. Establishing a safe and nurturing work environment underscores the organization’s commitment to the welfare of its workforce.

Here's a breakdown of some of the most common workplace hazards encountered during equipment maintenance:

Mechanical Hazards:

  • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Issues: Failing to properly isolate energy sources (electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic) during maintenance can lead to accidental startup and serious injuries. Employees must prioritize comprehensive LOTO programs, including thorough training, clear communication, proper equipment maintenance, and robust enforcement of safety protocols, to mitigate the risks associated with hazardous energy sources effectively.

  • Moving Parts: Contact with moving parts during maintenance, such as gears, belts, or chains, can cause crushing, shearing, or amputation injuries. To mitigate these hazards effectively, employing robust machine guarding solutions is paramount.

  • Falling Objects: Tools, parts, or components that become dislodged during maintenance can fall and injure workers. The consequences of falling objects can be sever, ranging from minor injuries such as cuts, bruises, or abrasions to more serious outcomes including head trauma, fractures, or even internal injuries.

  • Stored Energy Hazards: Springs, compressed gases, or other components under tension can release stored energy unexpectedly and cause injuries. Such associated hazards can be complex and multifaceted, requiring a through understanding of energy sources and equipment configurations.

Electrical Hazards:

  • Electrical Shock: Working on energized equipment or faulty wiring can result in electric shock. Accidental contact with live electrical parts, such as exposed wires, terminals, or conductors, can pose risk to maintenance personnel, contractors, or other workers in the vicinity.

  • Arc Flash: Short circuits during maintenance can cause arc flashes, releasing intense heat and light that can cause severe burns. By providing adequate training and resources to evaluate the work processes, assists the organizations in emergency preparedness.

Chemical Hazards:

  • Exposure to Hazardous Materials:  These pertains to chemicals or agents that possess inherent properties that are capable of causing the harm to human health. Agents characterized by their ability to cause irreversible damage to living tissues, metals, or other material upon contact, resulting in severe burns, tissue destruction, or structural degradation.

The Global Impact of Workplace Safety: Critical Statistics Revealing Challenges in Maintenance Sector

  • According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), maintenance workers consistently experience a high rate of non- fatal occupational injuries and illnesses. In the year 2019, the incident rate for maintenance and repair workers was 187.4 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, highlighting the frequency of accidents in this sector.

  • The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates the total cost of work-related injuries and deaths in the United States to be hundreds of billions of dollars annually.

  • European Union (EU) Statistics state that in the year 2021, 31.2% of non-fatal accidents at work occurred in industrial sites, with 25.7% of fatal accidents resulting from losing control of machinery or equipment.

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers that in 2022, there were 5486 fatal work injuries, equivalent to 3.7 facilities per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.

Environmental Health and Safety Management is integral to identifying, assessing and mitigating workplace related issues and hazards in maintenance and service sector. By performing the incident inspection using AI platforms, the root cause of the issue and its contributing factors could be identified, that facilitates taking corrective actions so as to reduce the risk of recurrence. By integrating EHS principles into organizational practices, companies can create safer and healthier work environments for their employees while minimizing the potential for accidents. The AI powered troubleshooting system accesses the potential hazards in the workplace, including physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic and psychological hazards.

Adhering to Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) guidelines and regulations can significantly reduce workplace hazards and promote a safer work environment. Here's how:

1. Machine-Specific Lockout Tagout (LOTO) Procedures: Following EHS protocols for LOTO ensures that machinery and equipment are properly shut down, de-energized, and secured during maintenance or servicing to prevent unexpected startup or release of hazardous energy. By creating machine-specific LOTO procedures and providing real-time reference in seconds, workers can quickly access and implement the necessary safety measures, reducing the risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities associated with equipment operation.

2. AI-Powered Health and Safety Videos: Utilizing AI-powered technology to develop health and safety videos and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) enables organizations to efficiently communicate critical safety information to employees, particularly in hazardous or remote locations. These videos can cover topics such as proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), safe handling of chemicals, emergency response procedures, and compliance with regulatory requirements. By delivering concise and visually engaging content, organizations empower leaders to reinforce safety protocols and educate employees, ultimately reducing the likelihood of workplace incidents.

3. Empowering Leaders to Ensure Safety: By emphasizing the importance of EHS compliance and providing leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to enforce safety measures with confidence, organizations create a culture of accountability and responsibility for workplace safety. Through effective leadership, proactive risk management, and continuous improvement initiatives, leaders can identify potential hazards, implement preventive measures, and address safety concerns in a timely manner. By prioritizing safety as a core value and integral part of business operations, organizations foster a safer work environment where employees feel valued, protected, and empowered to contribute to a culture of safety excellence.

Adherence to EHS principles and standards is essential for reducing workplace hazards and fostering a culture of safety in organizations. By implementing machine-specific LOTO procedures, leveraging AI-powered tools for safety communication, and empowering leaders to champion safety initiatives, companies can proactively mitigate risks, prevent accidents, and ensure the well-being of their employees.

ZippiAi’s Safety Co-Pilot offers instant troubleshooting guidance to workers encountering equipment malfunctions or safety concerns in their daily tasks. By leveraging AI platforms, it swiftly identifies potential issues, offers step-by-step solutions, and recommends best practices to resolve issues promptly, minimizing downtime and mitigating risks of accidents or disruptions. It facilitates performance monitoring and optimization by tracking safety-related metrics, analyzing incident data, and identifying trends or patterns indicative of underlying safety issues. By providing insights into safety performance and compliance levels, it enables organizations to identify areas for improvement, implement corrective actions, and continuously enhance safety protocols to mitigate risks effectively. In addition  to troubleshooting assistance, the Safety Co-Pilot facilitates on-demand training and development for workers, delivering instructional content tailored to specific safety concerns or operational challenges. 





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