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EHS Technology: Artificial Intelligence’s Applicable Uses In Occupational Safety

Contributor: Benchmark Digital Relations, Benchmark ESG

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become more prevalent in our daily lives through a variety of applications. Chances are, you own an AI-enabled device right now, either on your computer, smartphone, or connected home device. But did you know that this rapidly advancing technology is becoming a widely used business tool in an array of industries to help workers complete tasks more efficiently and with a higher degree of accuracy? In fact, the first ever AI-driven application made especially for EHS safety managers was recently created. pSIF AI Advisor™, integrated by Benchmark ESG™ | Gensuite® and powered by Bowers Management Analytics, helps inform identification of potentially Serious Injuries & Fatalities (pSIFs) more quickly and accurately than manual processes. Before we dive into this innovative product’s features and functionality, let’s review how artificial intelligence works and the ways you may already be using it in your day-to-day life.

What is Artificial Intelligence and How Does it Work?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a fascinating history – from its philosophical beginnings in the classical era to its modern inception in the 1950s to its ubiquitous presence in software today, the technology has come a long way in its implementation. But how does it work? Well, it’s complicated, but put simply, AI combines large amounts of data with fast processing and intelligent algorithms. This allows the software to “learn” automatically using the patterns and features of the data to build analytical models, which is referred to as machine learning. This means the software can dynamically adapt and respond based on the patterns it discovers in the data set it’s provided.

Popular Uses of Artificial Intelligence Today

Without even realizing it, you most likely own a device that uses AI. Do you have a smartphone, a computer or a connected home device? Maybe you shop online with big-box stores or Amazon? Do you stream multimedia via Netflix or Spotify? If you answered yes, you already use AI! On smartphones, voice assistants like Siri and Alexa have become popular staples to help complete simple tasks such as online searches, building shopping lists or making calls to contacts by voice command. Big-box retail e-commerce sites such as Amazon, Kohl’s and Macy’s use AI to automate customer service and offer purchase suggestions to customers based on their past transactions. Streaming services like Spotify and Netflix use AI in similar ways to offer content suggestions based on viewing history and similar viewer persona demographics. Google is another AI-based resource you probably use daily.

How Can AI Be Used in Occupational Safety?

Industrially, AI has become an increasingly popular way to optimize jobs across a wide variety of sectors. When combined with the expertise and specialization of skilled workers, AI can be highly beneficial to mine and analyze data and provide deep insights that would be difficult for humans to discover on their own.

Like the conversational AI voice assistants you may be used to using, such as Siri and Alexa, Benchmark ESG has developed an AI-driven solution made specifically for safety managers, called Genny® Virtual Assistant. The mobile assistant is ready to help with a wide variety of ESG & EHS tasks from your smartphone or tablet, built into eight different Benchmark ESG solutions. Simply say, “Hey, Genny, show me recent incidents reported at my site,” or more than 80 other safety-specific commands, and Genny will quickly display the data so you can make informed decisions efficiently – even on remote work sites.

Also created specifically for ESG & EHS managers, pSIF AI Advisor is a first-of-its kind AI software solution integrated by Benchmark ESG (in partnership with Bowers Management Analytics), and it has the potential to revolutionize occupational safety and risk & compliance management. pSIF AI Advisor improves on time-consuming manual data analysis to identify potentially Serious Injuries & Fatalities (pSIFs). Injury, event, concern, and observational data that previously took hours, days, or weeks to compile in spreadsheets and assess manually can be quickly tracked and accurately processed with pSIF AI Advisor to assist safety leaders to investigate and take action. This solution enables you to identify real-time incident trends that could lead to SIFs and expedites data analysis to better inform worker protection strategies. Learn how you can empower your safety operations team to identify SIF precursors more quickly and accurately in high-risk situations.

Implement in Your Organization

Interested in trying out this exciting new technology? Benchmark ESG is offering the opportunity to try pSIF AI Advisor first-hand as a one-time data analysis to identify gaps in pSIF identification, and for subscribers, the pSIF AI Advisor solution fully integrates with the brand’s Risk+Compliance platform.

Want to apply this and future revolutionary AI solutions within your organization? Contact us today and one of our solution experts will help you try out and implement this software in your organization.

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.