Safety in the workplace is an obvious necessity for businesses, but despite priority placed on ensuring the welfare of workers, the United States has seen an increase in work-related fatalities. The country is experiencing the highest rate of workplace deaths since 2007, with 5,333 recorded fatalities in 2019, a 2% increase from 2018. These numbers have prompted a new partnership that will focus on eliminating risks and the injuries that result.
In an attempt to counteract some of these deaths, global consulting firm Dupont Sustainable Solutions has partnered up with the National Safety Council, a leading non-profit specializing in preventing injury and death, particularly in the workplace. The aim of this newly-formed alliance is to improve safety technologies and educate businesses on their use. Through these technological enhancements, companies will be more prepared to accurately assess workplace risks and redirect workers accordingly to prevent workplace accidents.
Both collaborators have their own platforms for increasing education and accelerating the adoption of safety practices. In 2019, NSC launched the Work to Zero program,, which provides resources for safety technologies and hazard simulations, and a tool for locating technologies like drones, proximity monitors, AR/VR sets, and wearables for functions like fatigue monitoring.
Dupont’s platform, SafetyTech.ai, provides a vendor network, data insights on safety measures, and access to a panel of experts to provide consultation for companies. The platform features AI and analytics, plus augmented reality features which assist workers in negating serious workplace problems like dealing with worker’s fatigue, heat exposure, falls, and collision avoidance, among many. SafetyTech.ai has more than 400 safety technology vendors and 204 live solutions.
The technology resources of these companies should begin melding and evolving immediately as NSC makes moves to integrate the SafetyTech.ai platform into its regular resource distributions. This will include opening access to the platform to the 15,000-member businesses that NSC currently supports and advises.
“This strategic alliance with DSS will make it even easier for employers to identify the best technology solutions available for their unique safety challenges and help save lives," said Lorraine Martin, NSC President and Chief Executive Officer.