No matter what industry you are in, safety and injury reduction are always of paramount priority. Usually, those who are most passionate about safety in the workplace are those who have experienced serious incidents in unsafe working environments. However, it shouldn’t take an accident to make us all more conscious of how work conditions can be improved, and how we can strive towards zero injury workplaces. Here we will take a look at how SAP Edge Services can assist in reducing the frequency and severity of incidences to improve the safety of workplaces.
About SAP Edge Services
When it comes to managing workplace safety, there are two sets of vital information that are needed. Firstly, it is necessary to know about an incident as soon as it occurs so that the consequences can be minimised and managed. Secondly, it is also necessary to know about any near incidents that are sure signs of elevated risk. For example, picture a worker undertaking maintenance on an oil platform offshore, an electrician repairing wires over a railroad at night, or a staff member cleaning inside a large silo.
All of these people are performing jobs with inherent risks, but it is unlikely that near-incidents are always reported due to working in remote locations. In addition, near incidents are less likely to be reported when workers are keeping busy schedules.
New technology holds great power when it comes to addressing such challenges. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a prime example with its ability to process, store, sensor, and analyse data even with intermittent cloud connectivity. SAP Edge Services allows organisations to take their business processes right to the edge of the company – no matter how remote the location. Now, it is easier than ever before for all staff to adhere to company procedures and for near incidences to be detected.
The recent release 1909 includes an enhancement for incident creation in EHS as part of S4/HANA to improve the way that incidents are reported. Now all relevant people and assets involved in an incident will be automatically allocated. To accelerate response times, incident creation within Edge gives EHS officers and emergency personnel the ability to act quickly, greatly minimising the impacts of incidences and advancing overall workplace safety.
How does SAP Edge Services work?
Using SAP Edge Services is simple! The company can define Edge streaming rules which will allow them to detect anomalies in IoT sensor data. Once an alert is made, the Edge can immediately create a relevant EHS incident. The synchronising of S4 Hana mater data guarantees that the incident will be allocated to the correct asset – whether that be a vehicle, property, or equipment – to ensure smooth processing. Then, the customer will receive an automatically triggered notification.
For example, a worker that falls off a ledge while wearing an IoT sensor in their helmet will be detected immediately so that an emergency notification will be triggered. Or, a ladder that is fitted with a vibration sensor will no longer go undetected in the case of a near miss. IoT technology contained with the SAP Edge Services is the way of the future in workplace safety, and is the best way for companies to journey towards zero injuries.
Read more about SAP Edge Services here.