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21st Century Employee Safety

Lily King
Marketing Coordinator

IoT is starting to play an important role in improving worker health and safety
 

Health and safety within the workplace is a priority across the board, but there are many industries where it can be challenging to meet premium standards.

Employees working in lines of business such as construction, or wherever extreme temperatures are prevalent, are often at higher risk of personal injury or potential damage to health. In these instances it is even more important to ensure that rigorous guidelines and measures are in place to protect individuals.

Fortunately, the vastly developed technology available today is making it easier than ever to support workforces and implement strategies that monitor health and wellbeing, and in some cases even prevent incidents before they happen.

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows for greater connectivity of devices and data without requiring human interaction, and with Oracle’s flexible IoT platform, merging insights into your business is quick and easy.

This post looks at two current use cases where Oracle Consulting’s Digital Experience (OCDX) team is co-innovating with customers from different trades to improve health and safety by using IoT.

 

Cold warehouses

The storage and transportation of refrigerated or frozen products is one area where IoT is proving to be beneficial in enhancing workforce health and safety.

As the field of business involves keeping food cold and therefore fresh, working conditions include warehouses that must be kept at a certain sub-zero temperature. Because of this, it is essential that the health of each employee is closely monitored to ensure they stay within safe limits.

 

OCDX are helping one customer that specialises in transporting and storing food to overcome this business challenge by delivering a mobile application that not only observes the wellbeing of staff, but also improves operational efficiency for managers.

As demand grows for the customer’s services grows, so does the pressure on warehouse team-leaders and managers to hit an increased target number of orders that need to be processed each day.

All employee mobile devices are fitted with the mobile app, which uses IoT sensors to track activity status and monitor heart frequency to simultaneously achieve both objectives, making it a vital and revolutionary tool.

Key features of the app include:

  • Alerts managers if an employee stops moving as this may endanger their health
  • Alerts managers if an employee has spent longer than the allocated time in a certain area
  • Monitors the heart frequency of employees working in a ‘cold zone’ and can send a notification if this reaches dangerous levels
  • Ability to view incidents and claims
  • Dashboard feature displays essential information including review of resources, efficiency, and employee health profiles
  • Team leaders and managers can ensure all orders are on track
  • Resources can be monitored to check that work goals have been completed
  • Ability to request additional resources when needed

 

The solution was built using Oracle Connected Worker Cloud, Oracle Visual Builder Cloud, Mobile Hub and Identity Cloud. The first version was rolled out to 50 users across 3 warehouses for a testing phase. 

The success of this trial means the solution will now be implemented with a target of 1,500 final users throughout 12 countries.

 

Construction

Construction is a notoriously dangerous working environment, so strict guidelines are in place to minimise risk to workers. Today, cutting-edge technology is providing an opportunity to implement innovative systems to predict hazards.

One customer in the construction industry required a more efficient incident identification and recording system to ensure health and safety procedures are followed rigorously and that accidents are reported if and when they occur.

OCDX have been co-innovating with the customer to provide an IoT Connected Worker platform that not only lets employees easily record routine workplace safety information, but also features sensors embedded in wearables and smart helmets.

A simple, intuitive interface lets workers complete and record safety checklists prior to undertaking dangerous tasks, and is even easily accessible when wearing heavy safety suits and gloves.

 


Key features of smart wearables include:

  • Alerts when extreme temperatures are detected
  • Alerts when impacts from heavy objects are detected
  • Alerts if a worker collapses in the workplace
  • Automated alerts to paramedics
  • Automated recordings of incidents in a monitoring dashboard
     

The solution was built using Oracle Connected Worker Cloud, Visual Builder Cloud, Mobile Hub, Identity Cloud and Integration Cloud.

 

Want to know more?

To find out how OCDX can use their expert services combined with Oracle’s IoT solutions to solve your business challenge, please contact your Oracle sales representative.

Alternatively, you can contact us directly:

Email us: ocdx_ww@oracle.com

DM us on Twitter: @oracleconsult

 

For more information on Digital Experience, read our other blogs here.

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