Computer Vision Tools for Ergonomics

By: TuMeke Ergonomics

There are many obstacles when building a sustainable and successful safety program. If you’re like most safety professionals, you probably find yourself bogged down by manual processes that make incident and response reporting a tedious task. This often leads to limited reporting and upper management deprioritizing safety initiatives.

As a champion of safety, how can you reduce risks of injury and guarantee the safety of your colleagues when faced with this challenge?
The Solution:
Recent advances in computer vision and artificial intelligence have made it possible to automate many of these tedious manual processes by analyzing human motion through smartphone cameras.

Although they come in many shapes and sizes, most Computer Visions tools for Ergonomics allow you to automate multiple industry standard risk assessments in order to quickly identify and investigate safety hazards. What’s more, joint-recognition software allows these tools to automatically highlight how a job site will injure employees from a musculoskeletal point of view so that you can implement changes immediately.

The idea behind these Computer Visions tools is simple, to give you an extra pair of eyes so you can always know which facilities and departments are facing the biggest musculoskeletal safety issues. Their automatically generated reports and robust dashboards increase transparency and make proactive intervention incredibly easy.

How does it Work:
Most Computer Visions tools for ergonomics are a different category of tool compared to your standard EHS suite. They aren’t trying to be a one-stop-shop for all EHS departments and their needs. Instead, these tools are helping actively reduce musculoskeletal injuries with increased speed and efficiency.

Here’s just a taste of what they can do:

  • Need to quickly perform an ergonomic assessment? No problem, just upload or take a video of the worksite and the Computer Visions tool will perform your assessment in minutes.
  • Want to show employees the benefits of enacting your safety recommendations? Most Computer Visions tools for ergonomics provide a 3D joint-skeleton that shows which body parts are at risk of soft tissue injuries.
  • Need to convince upper management on the merits of making your suggestions? Computer Visions tools for ergonomics can consolidate analytical findings into easily digestible reports for quick and easy distribution.
  • Want to compare the ergonomic risk between two jobs? It’s well within the means of a Computer Visions tool to give a side-by-side comparison and breakdown what percentage of each task will likely injure a specific body part.
  • Need to maintain the anonymity of employees? Advances in computer vision technology allows you to blur the faces of individuals to protect personally identifiable information.

AI tools for ergonomics were created to make the lives of safety professionals easier and more efficient. You don’t need large wearable exoskeletons on hundreds of employees, you don’t need extensive training to understand how they work, and you will never have to disrupt workstations in order to get the safety data you need.

Improving your safety culture has never been so intuitive.

Working with Computer Vision tools:
These technologies will continue to advance. If your firm cares about safety and wants to save time, consider giving one of these new firms a shot.

TuMeke Ergonomics is one provider of a Computer Vision tool for ergonomics and offers a 14-day free trial on its website (link here).

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Jacqueline "Jackie" Annis is an industrial hygienist with the Office of Partnerships and Recognition, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs in OSHA’s National Office.  Jackie’s primary responsibilities include developing and overseeing internal policies and procedures for the VPP, reviewing VPP on-site evaluation reports for process safety management information, serving as the National Office liaison for two of OSHA’s ten Regions, and facilitating the management of OSHA’s National Strategic Partnership Program.  She is an integral part of OSHA’s National Office team. 

She has served with the Agency for 36 years, including five years as a senior industrial hygienist in OSHA’s Office of Health Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs in the National Office and 17 years as a compliance safety and health officer in the Denver, CO Area Office.  Prior to her tenure at OSHA, Jackie worked as an industrial hygienist for the Department of the Navy in Alameda, California.  Jackie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 1983.

Wayne Howard earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis and has spent 12 years with Shell (at Martinez) refinery, 3 years with the consulting firm Process Safety, 15 years with Valero (at Benicia), and the last 10 years in the Corporate Process Safety Department. He is the Valero representative to AFPM's Advancing Process Safety Initiative.

Nathan Obaugh, PE is a senior engineer in the Safety and Operational Excellence Group at NuStar Energy. Nathan has over 10 years of PSM and process design experience in the petrochemical, refining and midstream industries. At NuStar, Nathan oversees all elements of the corporate PSM program and works directly on hazard analysis, process safety studies, PSM/RMP audits and provides process engineering support to the operations and capital projects groups.

Jared Teter, PhD is a senior staff scientist with a background in physics and hazards analysis. He has extensive experience in subscale testing of energetic materials and has served as program manager for several large testing and risk management projects. He has applied engineering and risk management protocols while evaluating the risk associated with propellant and explosives manufacturing, combustible dust, and other hazardous material related processes.

Tim Belitz has a degree in Environmental Health/Industrial Hygiene from Old Dominion University and a Master’s from Duke University. He has over 25 years of Industrial Health Safety and Environmental Experience and is a Certified Safety Professional. He has many years focused on Contractor Management and Process Safety programs.

Rob Walker graduated from Virginia Tech in Microbiology and Chemical Engineering. Rob has almost 35 years of experience working in the chemical plant and refining industry. His passion for Process Safety and Mechanical Integrity began very early in his career. Rob began with his current company, Honeywell, back in 2011.

Prasad Joshi has B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from two universities in India. Prasad has over 30 years’ experience in the business. He began with Honeywell in May 2022 as Principal Maintenance Engineer. He has worked internationally in Asia and Europe.