Occupational health and safety with video recognition

Sercan Esen
Sercan Esen
-Feb 08, 2022

More than 2 million people lose their lives at work each year according to the 2017 data. Also, the ILO (International Labor Organization) estimates that the annual cost to the global economy from accidents and work-related diseases alone is a staggering $3 trillion. *

This proves the need for the improvement of workplace safety procedures, applications, and personal protective equipment (PPE) usage according to OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration). OSHA procedures can be set well for the production, construction, warehouse, and other high-risk workplaces. However, practical applications may not result in a reduced number of incidents. Danger zones are carrying risks for the safety of the employees. Therefore, specific personal protective equipment usage needs to be checked in real-time as well as violation and obligation for the hazardous use cases. So far we have tried manual check by specialists in the field, guidelines, safety training, etc. But still, without continuous feedback and real-time warning in case of violation, it is hard to prevent an accident.

OSHA has recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues.

“The main goal of safety and health programs is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, as well as the suffering and financial hardship these events can cause for workers, their families, and employers. The recommended practices use a proactive approach to managing workplace safety and health. Traditional approaches are often reactive –that is, problems are addressed only after a worker is injured or becomes sick, a new standard or regulation is published, or an outside inspection finds a problem that must be fixed. These recommended practices recognize that finding and fixing hazards before they cause injury or illness is a far more effective approach.

The idea is, to begin with, a basic program and simple goals and grow from there. If you focus on achieving goals, monitoring performance, and evaluating outcomes, your workplace can progress along the path to higher levels of safety and health achievement.

Employers will find that implementing these recommended practices also brings other benefits. Safety and health programs help businesses:

  • Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Improve compliance with laws and regulations
  • Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers’ compensation premiums
  • Engage workers
  • Enhance their social responsibility goals
  • Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations”

Besides them, the most general root-causes as the threats of workplace safety, stand for the huge number of workplace incidents and health and safety loss and it needs to be improved no matter what is the cause. One major effect is the employees who may choose the practical shortcuts regarding daily tasks and also, they are getting used to applying their own methods each day due to the operational blindness developed within years. While the knowledge level and the years of experience of the workers in the same workplace increasing by the time the tendency for the taking precaution, wearing personal protective equipment(PPE), accessing from the correct roots (pedestrian crossing or forklift ways) is decreasing which is inversely related considering the inefficient investments done for the workplace safety.

At this point, technological transformation and automated systems may increase the level of awareness and control systems may be the source of preventive solutions. Current manual applications and reporting systems are not sufficient for preventing incidents since the application of conventional methods is not real time. Also, regular reports, which are not very detailed and contain human errors may be insufficient in terms of data quality when it comes to preventive real solutions, not the generalized ones.

So can we enforce this basic guideline using standard surveillance cameras and video recognition technology? Thanks to the latest developments in the field of artificial intelligence and computer vision this is possible now!

Intenseye comes up with the solution to all the process for workplace health and safety regarding OSHA with artificial intelligence and computer vision. You can just take a look at how the system works plug and play:

Real-time, AI-based, Effective Video Analysis to increase workplace safety!

Intenseye receives the video streams from the connected IP network cameras within seconds and with the deep learning algorithms, it can recognize objects and people in real-time. By using artificial intelligence, which contains the software totally developed by our team, you may know the number of people, their actions, age and gender distribution, the detailed body pose & body part analysis, correct personal protective equipment(PPE) usage according to the laws of OSHA, handrail and bannister usage, anomaly detection, spill detection and the emotion analysis of the both individuals and the crowd.

Those are the main features of the Intenseye algorithms that Intenseye APIs provides if you would like to analyze what is going on in your workplace regarding health and safety reasons and receive raw data in requested formats which is easy to integrate and you may check our API docs to see how you can implement and start to use our video and image recognition API within seconds!

But if you are also in need for just an easy to use the application in which you may set specific rules and analyses that satisfy your demand for the specific data for your workplace intenseye dashboard could serve you best. You add your camera from our application by just entering an IP camera URL! Then you can select specific areas within your camera angle and set preventive rules for the workplace. You may define the dangerous/forbidden/hazardous zones and also personal protective equipment check rules!

Intenseye Dashboard: Add your camera, set your special rules, start the real-time analysis, receive real-time notifications and prevent accidents!

A screenshot from our application: Just select control area and start receiving the alerts and notifications accordingly & target zero incident!

The are selection feature gives you the control of the specific rules and managing them separately. In the angle of one camera, you may detect a variety of near-misses and prevent workplace incidents.

Specialized Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and color rule selection menu in Intenseye Dashboard.

*Choosing the specific equipment rule is that easy with intenseye! You can connect your cameras and set your rules within seconds.

Those may include the loading/lifting areas, access routes, montage, and other production and construction processes, stairways, ladders, and ergonomic-related specific conditions, CNC processes, press, machinery processes and access routes which include process intersections or forklift and pedestrian ways with high traffic within the work area.

What is more, you can create real-time alerts with Intenseye. The physical audio based warning systems by the speakers in the workplace will increase the awareness level of the workers immediately. This real-time system plays an effective role as a preventive solution. The immediate audio warnings and notifications will prevent the operational blindness and the distracting actions and promote the safe and mindful behaviors that are correct by the procedures.

For all unsafe conditions, actions, and accidents, root-causes tells more than everything in the workplace. You need to know exactly what is the direct and indirect causes behind all those incidents. The screenshots of the incident moments are sending to the specified users. Every unsafe or dangerous action, accident, hazardous area or forbidden zone interaction log and information will be available both within the web app and will be via email. That real-time incident information will be the best source for the analytics of the danger zones in your workplace.

What about reports?

Intenseye web app also creates the daily, monthly, quarterly and shift based reports in various formats (Excel, CSV, etc.) with the number of incidents, near misses and the most dangerous zones within your workplace while you may easily check urgent situations from the dashboard and overview general situation.

So, if you would like to use the power of artificial intelligence for proactive workplace safety solutions with the target of zero accidents please contact us!

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