BeSure Network Develops A Blockchain Digital Safety Passport To Reward Safe Working Practices
Positively engaging hundreds or thousands of workers in safety initiatives is the number one challenge for safety leaders. So any innovation focused on employee engagement merits attention. The BeSure Network – which has been set up by EHS experts and technology visionaries from organizations including AECOM, British Safety Council, Kier Group, SAP and Urbanise – is planning to launch a digital safety passport that rewards workers for following good safety practices by tracking their performance via a distributed blockchain ledger.
Blockchain is a distributed information storage and transfer system which was established in 2008 and is best known as the underlying IT infrastructure for bitcoin. Since then, blockchain hype has skyrocketed, with claims made of its disruptive potential for every industry. Blockchain records information in a distributed ledger in a format that means it cannot be tampered with or deleted. The system is transparent, time-stamped and decentralized. The team at BeSure Network see the potential for blockchain technology to underpin a tamper-proof digital passport that contains a worker’s safety credentials – including technical certifications – and a track record of their safety performance. This digital passport or wallet is then supplemented by mobile apps intended to positively engage workers in safety initiatives. Features of the mobile app include My Voice, a section where employees can provide feedback to their employers. During safety training BeSure’s app can be utilized to check participation – with the aid of a QR scanner – and understanding, with results attached to individuals’ profiles. The BeSure systems also features a cryptocurrency called QDoss that users will receive based on their safety activities. The plan is for users to spend QDoss coins in an online marketplace for personal protective equipment.
With BeSure just moving towards commercial launch it is still early days to know how EHS leaders and workers will respond to the initiative. However, it certainly seems like the time is long overdue for new approaches to engaging workers in safety initiatives since serious injuries and fatalities have remained at stubbornly high levels and not trended down in tandem with reductions in minor recordable incidents.
To learn more about all the new EHS technology innovations, including blockchain for safety, apply to attend the forthcoming webinar: “2019 Roadmap For EHS Technologies” taking place on February 21st.