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.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Catedrático en el Área de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial de la Universidad de Salamanca. Director del Grupo de Investigación BISITE // Full Professor in Area of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at University of Salamanca. Director of the BISITE Research Group