8th June 2022, 10:00 - 14:30 CET

ONLINE WORKSHOP

Online Workshop Digitalisation

"New monitoring systems for improving worker safety and health"



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New monitoring systems for improving worker safety and health

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work is pleased to host a virtual workshop for the project “New monitoring systems for improving worker safety and health”.

New OSH monitoring systems hold promise to make workplaces safer. However, to present, little is known about them. How can new OSH monitoring systems be classified, what are their risks/challenges and opportunities across different sectors, and what does their future look like?

This workshop will aim to respond to these questions through presenting the work of EU-OSHA’s ongoing project on new OSH monitoring systems for improving worker safety and health. It will attempt to provide a working taxonomy of these systems and identify their risks/challenges and opportunities for OSH sectors from the perspective of designers, employers and employees. To do so, the workshop will bring together researchers, designers, employers, and worker representatives from Europe and the world who will debate on these issues, and discuss the present, and the future of new OSH monitoring systems.

This project is part EU-OSHA's OSH overview on challenges and opportunities of digitalisation in the context of OSH.

 

Introduction of the project:

During the last few years, we witnessed a dynamic progress of digital technologies, including information and communication technologies (ICT) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. These technologies, like the development of high-speed wireless networks allow the miniaturisation of devices, as well as the development of portable equipment with many diverse capabilities offering. Similar trends apply for sensor technologies, providing accurate measurements for a numbers of different physical, chemical, biometric and spatial factors and indexes, which make it possible to collect worker's data such as heart rate, sweat/humidity, movement, electrical activity of the muscles, eye movement, as well as data from the working environment like noise or gases, and data on the status of technical equipment (machinery, (co)robots, etc.).

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Agenda

8th June 2022, 10:00 - 14:30 CET

10:00
Welcome and introduction
William Cockburn, Annick Starren (EU-OSHA), Andrea Broughton (Moderator, Ecorys)
10:10
Setting the scene: new monitoring systems for improving worker safety and health
Dr. Dareen Toro (Ecorys)
10:20
Introducing the project’s findings

  • Overview of definitions and mapping of the types of systems and their uses, sectors and occupations, purposes of implementation - Dr. Monica Andriescu (Ecorys)
  • Assessment of the OSH opportunities and challenges associated with new systems for monitoring workers’ safety and health - Mario Battaglini (Ecorys)
  • Overview and assessment of workplace resources - Kyrillos Spyridopoulos (Ecorys)
10:50
Q/A session
Ecorys and EU-OSHA
11:15
COFFEE AND STRETCHING BREAK
11:20
Different technologies of new OSH monitoring systems
Dr. Egon L. Van Den Broek (Utrecht University)
11:30
Challenges and opportunities of new OSH monitoring systems
the designers’ perspective - Jacqui McLaughlin (ICT & Prevention Engineering)
11:40
Challenges and opportunities of new OSH monitoring systems
the workers’ perspective - Aída Ponce Del Castillo (ETUI)
11:50
Challenges and opportunities of new OSH monitoring systems
the employers’ perspective - Kris De Meester (VBO FEB)
12:00
LUNCH BREAK
13:00
Q/A and discussion on opportunities and challenges
Presenters / Panel discussion
13:30
Concluding notes on WP1 T1, T2, T3
Prof. Phoebe Moore (University of Essex & the ILO), Dr. Elsbeth de Korte (TNO)
13:40
Final discussion, wrap-up and closing
Ecorys and EU-OSHA
14:00
END OF MEETING

Material

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Workshop Agenda

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Background information on new OSH monitoring systems

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About the project

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