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Visualizing safety risks with AI

May 26, 2023

Visualizing safety risks with AI is essential for the success of any organization. Yet, as businesses continue to evolve, so do the challenges and risks that come with running a facility. Particularly in complex industrial environments, identifying potential hazards and taking proactive measures to prevent accidents and injuries can be a daunting task.

Facilities with machinery, pedestrians, forklifts, or dangerous materials need careful planning to keep employees safe. Intenseye's Visual Analysis module assists safety teams in identifying high-risk areas within their facility. This enables them to proactively address potential accidents and implement preventive measures. Intenseye's Visual Analysis helps safety teams see their facility's safety landscape with Heatmaps and Pathway, enabling them to identify and mitigate risks, raise safety awareness, increase overall compliance and foster a culture of safety in their workplace.

Heatmaps: Pinpoint high-risk areas and plan robust corrective actions

In their book Visualising Safety, Teemu Reiman justifies why visualization is so important for workplace safety with a Chinese proverb:

One of the most obvious reasons why visual representations feature so prominently in safety can be attributed to the Chinese proverb ‘a picture is worth 10,000 words’. Because we think with the help of images, pictures, diagrams and other forms of imagery help us to reflect deeply beyond words.

Intenseye's Heatmaps in the Visual Analysis module help EHS teams identify safety risks more effectively than images and diagrams. This helps them determine where action needs to be taken. The heatmaps use colors to indicate the frequency of safety risks in different facility areas.Heatmaps also allow them to compare trends over time to evaluate how effective their corrective actions are in reducing risks and improving safety. The change in heatmap sizes indicates if the corrective action plan is effective or if it needs to be revised to better address the root cause of the safety risk.

Intenseye's Heatmaps feature helps identify risks and can be used with our Reports feature. This gives EHS professionals a better understanding of overall safety performance. With Reports, they can set up automatic emails to receive regular updates on facility safety.To highlight the efficacy of Intenseye’s Heatmaps feature with a real-life example, let me share the success story of one of our users, a large-scale beverage manufacturer. By analyzing heatmaps, the facility discovered a concerning pattern: Areas near the conveyor lines were consistently highlighted with increased intensity, indicating a higher frequency of safety risks.

Concerned about the potential hazards associated with working at or near the conveyors, such as crushed-by and amputation injuries, as well as head and brain injuries, the facility's safety team swiftly launched an investigation and found out that employees were occasionally climbing onto the conveyors to retrieve items. Accordingly, the safety team took swift action, implementing strict measures to prevent unsafe interactions. This caused fewer accidents with conveyors, making the workplace safer and showing that our Heatmaps feature works well.

Pathway: Optimize traffic flow for improved safety

When it comes to Intenseye’s Pathway feature, safety leaders gain the power to visualize the roads taken by employees to identify high-traffic areas that may require special attention. One of the key benefits of this Pathway feature is the ability for EHS teams to review the data based on different facility shifts, providing valuable insights into safety trends and patterns. By analyzing the Pathway data for each shift, they can gain a deeper understanding of traffic flow variations and identify any potential safety issues that may arise during specific shifts.

A prime example of the effectiveness of this feature comes from one of our users, operating in a large manufacturing facility, who utilized Intenseye’s Pathway feature to monitor traffic flow and strategically readjust their facility floor plan to optimize traffic and reduce the risk of incidents. With the improved traffic management, the facility experienced a significant decrease in accidents and near misses, fostering a safer work environment for employees. Additionally, the streamlined operations resulted in smoother workflow, reduced downtime, fatigue management and increased overall productivity. Also, by using visual analysis organizations can better bridge the gap between safety work and safety of work.

And the best part? We understand that tracking employee movements can raise concerns about privacy violations. That's why we've incorporated cutting-edge technologies like face-blurring and 3D anonymization to ensure that employee privacy is maintained while still allowing for effective safety management. By tracking incidents rather than individuals, Intenseye's AI-powered technology helps not only reduce workplace accidents but also fosters a culture of trust and respect among employees and accordingly contributes to psychological safety in the workplace.

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