Injuries and Illness, Personnel Safety, Technology and Innovation

NSC Releases Geofencing White Paper

The National Safety Council (NSC) recently released a white paper exploring the use of location geofencing along with other technologies like proximity sensors, wearables, and vehicle monitoring systems to reduce serious incidents and fatalities (SIF).

The NSC’s “Work to Zero” initiative released its white paper, “Advancing Workplace Safety with Location Geofencing,” to shed light on the potential of location geofencing to reduce the risk of SIFs in work activities that include construction, vehicle-pedestrian interaction, and heavy equipment operation.

“Workers on active job sites are often exposed to situations that pose a high risk for SIFs,” John Dony, vice president of workplace strategy at the NSC, said in a statement. “Acknowledging how this is a major concern for workers across many industries, this report provides invaluable insights into leveraging location geofencing technology to mitigate risks and help ensure employee wellbeing, which is the ultimate goal of the Work to Zero initiative.”

According to the NSC, key benefits identified in the report include the following:

  • Risk mitigation: The technology serves as an effective risk mitigation tool, alerting workers and supervisors of potential hazards, improving situational awareness, and enabling two-way communication for workers.
  • Enhanced worksite visibility:Geofencing increases worksite visibility, enabling data-informed decisions for site planning and safety measures.
  • Improved efficiency: The automation of safety processes reduces the need for continuous human supervision, optimizing resource allocation and safety management.

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