Attending events is a very effective (and fun!) way to stay current with industry happenings. And they provide an opportunity to engage with experts and network with our clients and partners. The Field Safe team spent time at three important events during the first week of May. Here are our top learnings from each.
KEY LEARNINGS: How data collected from the field can be structured into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and transformed to advance operational efficiencies. Tom Deloney, Field Safe’s Director of Sales (US) says, “I was fortunate to hear Ivan Swindull of ExxonMobil speak about how innovations like Boston Dynamics’ robotics are moving data from 3D to 5D. Tools like “robo dog” have a profound impact on asset maintenance and integrity. We will be exploring with Ivan how they can impact health and safety, as well.
Petroleum Safety Conference. Banff – May 2 to 4.
KEY LEARNINGS: Combatting complacency to improve worker safety; the impact of real-time communication on safety; and the most dangerous time for employees is the first 90 days. Brad Barber, Field Safe’s Director of Sales (Canada) says, “We heard from speakers and attendees about the rise in safety complacency. Workers especially are experiencing fatigue from the paperwork and other non-work-related requirements that take them away from the jobs they were hired to perform. It’s too easy to skip a vital safety step and jump right into your daily duties. The good news is that companies are investing in easier-to-use technologies, change management strategies, and techniques to predict and influence actions like the Internet of Behaviors to combat it.
“Second, there was a lot of dialogue about communication. Real-time connectivity to share and communicate has a direct impact on worker safety. And the third key learning for me was how the first 90 days of the job are when workers are most likely to experience an incident. Therefore, effective onboarding and training and having easy-to-use software and effective processes in place (like pairing new hires with more experienced team members) is vital.
Alberta Health and Safety Conference. Edmonton – May 5 and 6.
KEY LEARNINGS: the movement from manual processes to digital to improve safety and create efficiencies; health and safety teams can lead the movement to digitization across the organization; focus on field data and digital tools to stay connected with your workers. Doug Junor, Field Safe’s Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, spoke on May 5 about how technology is digitally disrupting health and safety. On May 6, he presented with Nicole Segstro of STARS on the importance of being able to connect in real-time to protect your remote and other at-risk workers.
Both sessions were well attended with engaged audiences that asked lots of questions and shared some of their challenges and best practices. Doug said, “Audiences were especially keen to discuss (1) how the movement from manual processes to digital solutions improves safety and creates efficiencies; (2) how the digitization of health and safety can be a catalyst for transformation across the organization; and (3) how field data and digital tools help you stay connected with your workers to not only keep them safer but also enhance the effectiveness of response if an incident should occur. I was impressed by the level of engagement of our audiences and their willingness to share challenges. And I really enjoyed the opportunity to present with Nicole. STARS has some great programs to protect your at-risk workers. Check out their website for more information. Request a copy of the presentations.
Field Safe is participating in a number of other events. See the current list here and let us know where you will be. We’d welcome the opportunity to meet with you.