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  • Writer's pictureTane Van Der Boon

A Safe Workplace With AI? We’ve Only Just Started…

Updated: Mar 2

The Promise of Moore’s Law

Let me admit it. I’ve always been an Apple fan. When I was three years old, my father brought home a Mac Classic PC. The Shufflepuck Café game (Broderbund, 1988), that came pre-loaded with that magic little machine had me obsessed – and quiet – for years to come. Perhaps that fascination even set me up me for a career in AI and IT. Having fun with what the latest in the Digital Age can offer – transforming our society…


These days it’s the iPhone of course that runs my daily life. So Steve Jobs’ presence is still surrounding me. I’ve devoured the biographies and movies on his career. He was a visionary, who could turn dreams into reality. And the one example I always harp on about, is Pixar. You know… the revolutionary 3D movie animation company.


When Disney and Pixar signed up “to make and distribute at least one computer-generated animated movie” in 1991, the technology to achieve that feat did not exist. It was impossible. But Jobs – with his usual brash audacity – felt safe to cut the deal. He knew the implications of Moore’s Law.


The number of transistors on microchips doubles roughly every two years. So Jobs knew that the computing power he required would arrive. In November 1995, Toy Story hit the cinema screens – the world’s first computer animated feature film – the highest grossing movie of the year at US$395 million. Pixar’s IPO followed only days later, and was the largest that year.


The Pace of Change

With Moore’s Law on its side, the movie industry has since transformed into a rollercoaster ride. The sky is no longer the limit. Just ponder the vast differences between Toy Story and Avatar: The Way of Water, launched some 25 years later and grossing well over US$2.3 billion.


What’s more, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are making their first impacts felt. The Digital Age has entered its next stage. And that leads me to some big questions about Health and Safety. Are we now set for a similar rollercoaster ride?

Can AI revolutionise safety in the workplace? Can we minimise accidents and keep workers out of harm’s way? Can we stop fatalities? Can corporates actually achieve Zero Harm…?


AI: Taking its First Baby Steps

In the evolving world of Health and Safety, AI technology is much more than just another addition to the systems companies have already put in place. It can lead to true innovation.


inviol went to market in 2023, and the results for our customers are already transformational. We helped a NZ national grocery retailer achieve a twelvefold reduction in accidents within weeks. And the country’s largest supplier of building materials and hardware, is driving down H&S costs with a minimal investment in inviol’s AI solution.


Across the globe, several companies are driving this wave of H&S transformation, and inviol’s unique approach is at the forefront of what can be achieved. We harness the power of AI to redefine workplace safety – making it more efficient, productive, collaborative and human-centric.


inviol’s mission is to empower workers and self-learning teams to combat complacency, avoid mistakes and help them to train each other and themselves – on a daily basis.


inviol grows awareness on the work floor of what could go wrong. It usually comes as a shock to workers, when they can see for themselves how they expose themselves to danger – over and over again. Almost instantly, everybody is convinced to follow the rules, and prevent injuries and fatalities. The results speak for themselves. We are redefining what’s possible.

And this is only the start…


The Future of AI in Health and Safety

It is apparent now, that AI is at the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The convergence of ever-increasing computing power, combined with machine learning and big data analytics is reshaping the world around us.


ChatGPT and Bard are capturing the headlines. But it is the AI industry solutions that offer unequalled new opportunities and are transforming challenges that have plagued corporates for decades – and cost them dearly – into new solutions.


The current surge in AI technology, suggests that we may even be on the cusp of a new era: the Fifth Industrial Revolution (5IR). The distinctive characteristic of 5IR could be its 'cognitive' nature, when AI and humanity enter a new dynamic of collaboration.


AI’s impact on health and safety will be exceptional and transformational, as Moore’s Law –identified back in 1965 – continues its ever-steady progression. inviol is at the front of that wave.


Key Areas of Change

In today’s world, workplaces are buzzing hives of activity, facing new risks and challenges at every turn. AI will not just stretch out a helping hand, but act as a powerhouse driving change, tackling challenges head-first. From safe-guarding mundane tasks, to providing deeper insights into safety data, AI is redefining the way we approach workplace safety:


  1. Speedy and Accurate Analysis: AI excels in processing vast amounts of data rapidly, identifying trends and patterns that humans overlook. This capability is invaluable. Quick and accurate Safety Analysis can predict trends, identify teams that underperform, help prevent most incidents, and identify overall safety standards that need improvement.

  2. Enhance the Human Element of Safety: Solutions like inviol irrefutably show workers the complacency they’ve developed around repetitive, mundane tasks. Allowing them to see how they endanger themselves and others, opens their eyes to the importance of following protocol. They will instantly want to make these shifts as an entire team. This step-change not only reduces injuries and fatalities, but it enhances team spirit, productivity, efficiency, job satisfaction, loyalty and workplace morale.

  3. A Promising Partnership – AI and Environmental, Health, and Safety Software: The integration of AI into EHS software is transforming the way safety data is collected, analysed, and reported. Features like voice-to-text and image recognition are making data entry quicker and more accurate, streamlining entire H&S processes.


Embracing AI: Steps Towards a Safer Future

AI’s ability to handle complex data, predict potential hazards, teach teams, and streamline safety processes is invaluable. But… The key to seeing where things may go in the next few decades? Is to ponder how we can use AI as a tool to enhance human capabilities, not replace them.

By adopting AI, we can create a future where safety is not just a compliance requirement, but a core value that drives organisational culture. AI in Health and Safety has taken its first few baby steps. The first solutions have arrived, and are transforming the landscape.

inviol is working hard to leverage AI to its full potential. Together with our customers, we create safer work environments that improve the overall well-being of employees. As we combine Artificial Intelligence with human potential, we pave the way for a safer, more efficient, and human-centric workplace.

We’ve taken our first steps. There is so much more to come.

As the little guy with big glasses in Shufflepuck Café used to say: “Good shot!”


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