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New forms of worker management based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and their implications for occupational safety and health (OSH)
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work organised a virtual workshop, “New forms of worker management based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and their implications for occupational safety and health (OSH)”, which took place on the 4th of November 2021.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital technologies have given rise to new forms of managing workers. Unlike earlier forms of management that largely rely on human supervisors, worker management using AI refers to new management systems and tools which collect real-time data about workers’ behaviours from various sources with the purpose of informing management and supporting automated or semi-automated decisions based on algorithms or more advanced forms of AI. These worker management systems are increasingly being implemented in a variety of sectors and jobs.
The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss EU-OSHA’s research on these new forms of AI-based worker management and their implications for OSH. Based on the research conducted as well on consultation with key informants and EU-OSHA’s Focal Points, a review of definitions, up-take, policies and strategies, and OSH effects associated with these new forms of management were presented. Gaps, needs and priorities for research, policy and practice were discussed with experts and policy-makers at the EU and Member State levels.
A summary of the Seminar (SOS), the agenda and other material are now available on our website.