Innovation in occupational safety and health

Occupational safety and health is an area of critical importance to organizations, especially in the industrial sector where workers are exposed to many physical hazards.

The traditional approach to this subject is based on a protocol that combines training and the use of (PPE), short for, personal protective equipment, which refers to any device or means that can protect the worker from a hazard.

However, with the current evolution of the industry it is necessary to change and improve the protective equipment used to protect workers from hazards in the workplace. New technologies are valuable in this regard, they can be used to design and implement timely safety measures in the workplace. They offer many possibilities for the creation of equipment that adapts to the needs of individual workers or to a particular area of work.

In regards to this line of research, our BISITE Group is working on the UPPER Project (aUgmented reality and smart Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for intelligent pRevention of occupational hazards and accessibility), which aims to design innovative PPE, whose design will integrate intelligent layers capable of responding to hazardous situations.

The Project deadline is planned for September 2020, with a total investment of 68.000 euros, financed through agreements on the realization of research projects, by public universities of Castile and Leon, in the area of occupational hazard prevention.

UPPER is an ambitious Project that aims to improve security and safety in the workplace, providing equipment that integrates intelligent layers capable of responding to hazardous situations, improving accessibility and providing specific support in training activities.

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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