The Business Case For Enhancing EHS Processes With Industrial Wearables

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Executive Summary

This report provides EHS managers with a framework for developing a business case for the implementation of industrial wearable technology and its mobile software application, to enhance EHS processes. Firms can significantly reduce incident and accident rates and avoid substantial fines and compensation claims using the technologies. Additionally, firms can benefit from applying the technologies to a variety of use cases. This report quantitatively assesses the application of both technologies in the context of proximity sensing, to avoid collision with mobile machinery, and ergonomics, to mitigate work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Table of contents

Industrial Wearables And Their Mobile Applications Help Reduce Incident And Accident Rates
Wearables And Their Mobile Apps Apply To A Range Of Scenarios
Industrial Wearables And Mobile Apps Benefit Wider Business Planning Objectives

A Guide To Structuring Business Cases For Industrial Wearables And Mobile Apps Implementation
Assess The Potential Benefits Of Industrial Wearables And Mobile Apps
Map Out A Phased Implementation Plan, Reflecting Available Resources And Business Priorities

Applying The Model: Two Hypothetical Scenarios That Quantify Financial Benefits
Applying The Model: Collision Avoidance At A Warehousing And Logistics Firm
Applying The Model: Ergonomics Programme At A Paper Recycling Facility
Hidden Benefits And High Cost Of Fines Make Implementing The Technology Attractive

Table of figures

Figure 1. Industrial Wearables Serve A Diverse Range Of Safety Management Scenarios  
Figure 2. Wearables Work Synergistically With Mobile Applications Within A Connected Architecture  
Figure 3. Steps To Creating A Business Case For Industrial Wearables And Mobile Applications 
Figure 4. Benefits Of Deploying Wearables And Mobile Applications 
Figure 5. Investment Requirements For Proximity Sensors For A Warehousing And Logistics Firm 
Figure 6. Investment Requirements For Ergonomics Sensors For A Paper Recovery And Recycling Facility  

About the authors

Kel Udeala

Industry Analyst

Kel is an Industry Analyst at Verdantix. His current agenda focuses on EHS, Industrial Hygiene and Occupational health software. He has a background in oil and  gas, renewable energy, waste management and recycling. He holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from University College London and an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering from Brunel University London.

Bill Pennington

Research Director, Environment, Health & Safety

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety practice. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

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