Mar 30, 2021

AI & Biofeedback Sensors for Personalized Safety

SoterAnalytics
Supplychain
AI
Biofeedback
Soter Analytics
4 min
Find out what leading supply chain companies are saying about using AI technology to reduce lost workdays and employee turnover
Find out what leading supply chain companies are saying about using AI technology to reduce lost workdays and employee turnover...

Valuing employees and defining their importance and worth to an operation is material to business performance. Improving worker engagement, leads to quantifiable enhancements and a reduction of lost workdays and employee turnover.

New advances in ergonomic training using sensors and biofeedback are forging a step change in manual handling injury reduction. Leveraging the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, coaching workers to self-correct their movements in real-time and avoid ergonomic injuries, stimulates an engaging personalized pathway to behavioural change.

Miguel Trivino, CSP, director of environmental, health, and safety at Kenco Logistics says,“Nobody likes back pain, but proper lifting is a habit that many new associates have not yet developed. The Soter device gently yet persistently raises the level of awareness, building a good incentive to use better body mechanics”.

When it comes to declining productivity in the workforce, the main causes are lost workdays and high employee turnover. Gifting workers with the tools to help them learn to move safely and feel valued by the individual attention it can provide them, can help with the pull between productivity and safety. 

Sarah Moore, Health and Safety Leadership Partner - Sales & Group Projects - Coca Cola Amatil advises, “Feedback from employees that have completed the program has been extremely positive. The coaching modules and live Beep/Bizz feedback providing with a real time understanding of their personal risk movements, has empowered them with the information they need to be more mindful of their own manual handling movements, because for the first time they know what ‘good looks like’ for them”.

The sensors offered by Soter Analytics enhance a worker’s learning potential by teaching and notifying them specifically about their movements. They can track, share and compare with other colleagues building camaraderie and fun on the job.

Reducing Lost Workdays

Despite various regulations, safety training and preventive technologies, workplace injuries are still the main driver of lost workdays. The core lies within the people and their behaviour. It’s difficult for everyone to follow the same process or move safely when being fatigued or stressed and there’s no wallpaper or sign to fix it.

Many companies use outdated learning methods. Classroom training has its benefits, but it’s not enough to make significant changes. Not the specific, targeted changes required to assist direct injury prevention.

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Vimel Budhdev, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at Travis Perkins implemented individual tailored environmental controls by leveraging data from the wearable sensors.

“In one simple instance, the device highlighted that one of our colleagues was bending at a low level roughly around 100 times a day so by easily moving some things around we have reduced around 26,000 high-risk bending movements in a year”

Reducing High Employee Turnover

Maintaining the required number of workers on-site to meet all goals is a huge challenge. Especially for high-demanding jobs. On average, employee turnover in logistics sits at 10-30%, while to get a trained replacement takes 4 weeks - to have them fully adapted and effective takes up to 3 months. This is time-consuming, puts more pressure on existing workers and can cause a loss in motivation for all parties, possibly resulting in absenteeism or resignation.

The art to employee loyalty comes in many forms: salary, colleagues, working environment, safety, but it is the appreciation and respect from the organization that is the number one activator. When a worker recognizes an employer showing care for their well-being, there’s a lesser chance of them leaving the job.

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What Vimel Budhdev from Travis Perkins said about this: “We found the set up really easy, it was pretty much step 1, 2, 3 and the colleagues easily linked the devices to their mobile phones. Tracking their own data created a really positive engagement and during the debriefing sessions the colleagues continually wanted to know more about their results and how they could do things differently”

Conclusion

A product that keeps the safety conversation going amongst workers as they track, share, compare and improve their movement data. With a 93% positive feedback rating, workers are saying:

“I love how it made me more aware of how I was moving” 

“A great demonstration that certain movements I might have previously considered unimportant can still have an impact either singularly and/or cumulatively” 

“The device made me think about my movement before commencing activity” 

Lincoln Butler, General Manager Systems and Safety Pacific at Swissport noticed: “We have seen what fitness trackers and smartwatches have done for engaging people in their own general well-being and fitness, and I expect this type of simple, effective device will help drive more preventative behaviour at work”

These high-tech tiny devices are flipping the process around. Individual workers can be responsible to follow their own injury reduction program, harbouring an autonomous learning experience, keeping them safe, engaged and on the job.

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Jul 23, 2021

The Ultimate Procurement & Supply Chain Event

Supplychain
Procurement
event
ProcurementSupplyChainLive
3 min
New sponsor and speakers announced for Procurement & Supply Chain Live, where innovation meets implementation, coming to you live from London

Global eProcurement leader JAGGAER has been announced as the latest sponsor for Procurement & Supply Chain Live. 

Recognised as a Leader by Gartner in both Strategic Sourcing and Procure-To-Pay, JAGGAER’s direct and indirect eProcurement solutions help over 1850 customers, connecting to a network of 4 million+ suppliers in 70 countries.

From September 28th-30th, Procurement & Supply Chain Live gives you the opportunity to network with C-level executives, gain insight from industry pioneers and walk away with actionable insights that accelerate your career. By the end of the week, we promise you’ll have the skills to solve the world’s most pressing supply chain and procurement challenges. 

Whether you attend virtually or in-person, you’ll strategise how to cope with global disruption, learn from industry pioneers - including newly announced speakers Chris Shanahan, VP Global Procurement/CPO at Thermo Fisher Scientific; Jim Townsend, Chief Procurement Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance; and David Cho, CPO at University of Massachusetts - and walk away with tips, tactics, and tangible connections. 

How to Attend

 

In a COVID-disrupted era, we know that the majority of people would rather avoid travelling for events─why take the risk, right? In response to the continued disruption, BizClik Media Group has decided that Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE will offer the best of both worlds through hybrid accessibility. 

That means you and your peers can attend the event in person or virtually ─ with no disadvantages for people who choose not to make the trip to the Tobacco Dock venue. 

 

In-Person

Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE will be held at the Tobacco Dock in London, an industry-leading venue that is renowned for delivering world-class events. For attendees’ peace of mind, the venue is working to the government-endorsed AEV All Secure Framework, alongside mia’s AIM Secure and ‘Good to Go’ accreditation, they will ensure that we achieve a COVID-secure environment to facilitate all of your networking needs. 

Virtually

Our physical venue is both historic and stunning, but it has no bearing on the information that you and your peers can gain from the event. You can still absorb it all, interact with other attendees, and enjoy the conference experience on your alternative, virtual platform. 

The platform will feature live feeds from all of the stages, as well as virtual networking areas. So, if you want to avoid travel, it’s not a problem! You can still get involved and enjoy the entire experience from the comfort of your own home. 

New Speakers for Procurement & Supply Chain Live


Chris Shanahan
VP Global Procurement/CPO at Thermo Fisher Scientific

 

Shanahan is Vice President, Global Procurement/CPO for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Waltham, MA. He joined the company to lead efforts in leveraging scale in the marketplace, develop capability and processes across the company, while transforming the supply base. He co-authored the Procurement Leaders Handbook, and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Open University in the United Kingdom.


Jim Townsend
Chief Procurement Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance

 

Townsend leads Walgreens procurement (Goods and Services Not For Resale). Prior to joining Walgreens Boots Alliance, he worked for Anglo American and General Electric also within commercial procurement. He has worked overseas extensively, in both manufacturing and retail environments. He holds an MBA in Strategic Procurement from the University of Birmingham, UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

 

David Cho
CPO at University of Massachusetts

Cho is Chief Procurement Officer for the University of Massachusetts, Unified Procurement Services Team (UPST), comprising strategic sourcing, contracts, supplier management, procurement operations, accounts payable, travel services, and customer service that provide quality service to the UMass system. Cho has 25-plus years of strategy and operations management consulting and industry experience. He was formerly Global Head of Sourcing and Vendor Management at BlackRock.

 

CLICK HERE to order now and make the most of our early-bird offer. Ticket prices increase over 50% soon!

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