Recorded at AIHce EXP 2023
The advancement of sensors to detect hazardous materials shows great promise for monitoring occupational and public health exposures and mitigating actions to prevent harm. Occupational hygiene studies are reporting the use of smart sensors to track: 1) employee exposure to hazardous processes and substances and 2) employee movement and task performance to inform actions to reduce risks. The use of sensors requires that those deploying them consider ethical and legal measures to protect the rights and privacy of employees. Developments in mobile phones, global satellite positioning (GPS), compact video cameras, and battery-operated wire-free sensors, present new opportunities for understanding employee hazard exposures. A recent technical review (in peer review for publication) concluded that a checklist for deployment of sensors would aid the practicing occupational hygienist in the use of sensors. The presenters will explore: 1) personal experiences with deploying new technologies; 2) the hurdles anticipated and discovered; and 3) an outline for a checklist approach. The goal is to start a conversation to improve the deployment of sensors by the profession that is aligned to expected ethical conduct of IH professionals.
*This session will fulfill 1-hour ethics credit required by BGC for CIH recertifications.
Upon completion of the session, the participant will be able to:
• Plan for stakeholders' questions relative to the data from real-time detectors.
• Detail the planning for real-time detection system deployment.
• Communicate the costs and benefits of the technology deployment.
Steven Jahn, CIH, MBA, FAIHA