Artificial intelligence and on-the-job safety


Artificial intelligence already is part of our everyday lives: in our web searches, in our interactions with digital assistants, and even helping us decide what movies and TV shows to watch. "Not only will it be in the fabric of the future of work, but it's going to be in the fabric of solutions to the future of work as well," Vietas said during a webinar hosted by the agency in June. Some of the benefits AI is providing to the safety field: deeper insights, continuous observations and real-time alerts to help employees avoid unsafe situations and organizations respond to incidents quicker. Experts say making use of AI requires collaborative efforts between safety professionals and other departments, namely information technology, to ensure transparency as well as alleviate privacy concerns and other issues workers may have. "Our recommendation is, basically, try to understand AI and try to see how it can work for you," said Houshang Darabi, a professor at the University of Illinois Chicago and co-director of the occupational safety program at the school's Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

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