Safety Tech Talk: Artificial Intelligence

The November 2022 Tech Talk was focused on how artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision (CV) is revolutionising the safety industry. We welcomed Victor Zorin from Fifth Ocean Technologies who discussed how they use AI, namely, computer vision, in monitoring compliance with OH&S requirements.

The key takeaways were:

• Current OH&S practices largely rely on manual observation, recording and analysis of unsafe behaviors, which is time-consuming and labor-intensive.

• AI adoption is more accessible and affordable than ever with computer vision being used for automatic detection of safety protection zones and hazards, analysing adherence of people to safety gear requirements in these zones and emitting alerts when non-compliance is detected.

• AI-based computer vision is here and can help track and predict workplace accidents and thus prevent them from happening, e.g., there are reports that deployment of AI/CV managed to reduce forklift-pedestrian interaction by over 75% in one month.

• Detection, reporting and analysis of near misses could be one of the most effective and important functions that computer vision can assist with. Without this technology most near misses will continue going unnoticed and unreported.

• Reaction of AI system is faster than of any human, a situation can be analysed in real-time with alert generated within 1/4 second.

We’re always on the lookout for the latest tech trends that can help make our workplaces safer and we also want to meet, share and collaborate with our peers in the sector. With that in mind, we are thrilled to announce our next Safety Tech Talk on 15 March 2023 which will be exploring virtual reality and it’s future within the safety Industry. You can find our more information or register for the event directly through the AIHS here.