Tackling Workplace Safety with Tech

In a recent article in The Strait Times, written by Joanna Seow we gained insight into the Minister of Manpower in Singapore's effort to improve Work Place Safety and Health through technology and data.

In a recent Work Place Safety and Health Tech Symposium, The Minister of Manpower for Singapore, Sam Tan said,

"Technology can help companies address the "worrying" workplace safety and health situation"

Mr. Tan's remarks came during an announcement that there had been preliminary findings indicating 66 workers had died in workplace accidents last year, and a similar figure the year before.

Singapore is aiming for fewer than 1.8 deaths per 100,000 workers next year and is currently experiencing on average 1.9 deaths per 100,000 workers. By investing in better technology and improving the user experience of their existing technologies they are hoping to collect actionable data regarding workplace safety and documented workplace accidents. While speaking at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mr. Tan said,

"We owe it to our workers to keep them safe and healthy so that they go to work and return home safely to their families every single day,"

Mr. Tan also reported that the Manpower Ministry's has upgraded its Snap@Mom application, which can be downloaded here: 


The Snap@Mom mobile application is a mobile app that allows people to report unsafe work practices and the new version, which will be released later in 2017, will allow the tracking and analysis of their workplace safety and health statistics.

Below are some screenshots of the application, let them serve as inspiration for you and your company to develop your own Workplace Safety Monitoring System or look into using Snap@Mom yourself since the Minister has stated that the reports being generated are meant for companies to use-in-house and will not be shared with the ministry, unlike the original app.

It would be prudent for us all to learn from Mr. Tan's example and, 

"... embrace and harness technology to push new frontiers to bring about safer, healthier and more productive workplaces for our workers in a manpower-lean workforce."

Mr. Tan also gave a few examples of how technology can be used to assist with safety training, monitoring workplace practices and most importantly, preventing accidents.
  1. At the Building Leadership Simulation Centre in Melbourne, which Mr. Tan visited recently, supervisors and workers learn to deal with worksite challenges in a risk-free virtual reality simulation.
  2. In another example, JTC Corporation and Nanyang Technological University, together with local start-up Aitech Robotics and Automation, developed a robot that can paint 10m high ceilings of industrial buildings, removing the risk of workers falling from height.
  3. Drone inspections can be used instead of having workers clamber up scaffoldings or abseil down the sides of buildings, which Mr. Zhang Weiliang, chief executive of drone development firm Avetics Global, hopes can reduce work-at- height accidents.
The technological advancements with drones, RFID Technology, microscopic cameras, and wireless mobile technology are ushering us into a new era where companies are investing in speed and automation for the sake of saving money or generating revenue quicker. However, the bottom line shouldn't be the only driving factor in adopting new technology and innovating. Mr. Tan and Mr. Zhang are trailblazing the use of technology to improve workplace safety in Asia and companies in the United States should follow their lead.

Here at Ace Industries, our service technicians are trained to do a JHA or Job Hazards Analysis using the Inspectall Safety Tracking and Compliance application. The Job Hazards Analysis (JHA) is a process that provides a documented mechanism to re-assure and confirm statistically that a companies standards of procedures are safe and optimally protect their employees from preventable workplace injury. The JHA is a methodical tool of analysis that main extremely effective and safety engaged organizations use to identify and eliminate workplace hazards before any harm or damage is actually caused. Learn more about the JHA in our next blog post.

Article written by Sayeed Mehrjerdian

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