Impact of artificial intelligence on occupational safety and health


The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace might create opportunities but also new challenges for occupational safety and health (OSH), its management and regulation. The automation of tasks through the use of robots can remove workers from hazardous situations and cobots can facilitate access to work for ageing workers or those with disabilities.

AI has also facilitated the emergence of new forms of monitoring and managing workers based on the collection of large amounts of real-time data. These novel forms might provide an opportunity to improve OSH surveillance, reduce exposure to various risk factors, and provide early warnings of stress, health problems and fatigue. However, they might also give rise to legal, regulatory and ethical questions, as well as concerns for OSH.


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