Is Artificial Intelligence Revolutionizing EHS?

Rachel Smith, Applied Technology Review | Monday, April 05, 2021

Rachel Smith, Applied Technology Review

Incorporating artificial intelligence methods in environmental health research provides the potential to transform environmental exposures and understand how the myriad factors influence environmental health.

FREMONT, CA: Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) refers to the environmental regulations to guard public health and safety and the general environment from several hazards. Most large organizations have to handle their regulatory and corporate responsibilities in terms of EHS. As EHS compliance management is complicated and even challenging, enterprises develop large EHS teams and departments to effectively control hazards, operational threats, and environmental challenges. AI and machine learning offer many opportunities to make this complexity more manageable.

Artificial Intelligence is widely portrayed as the future superpower impacting not only the daily lives but also businesses. With its potential to perform human-like tasks, AI has proven to be an efficient tool for several complex tasks that needed human labor in the past. By processing massive data, AI can offer risk and compliance managers enhanced recognition of the risks they face, allowing them to spend less time on repetitive tasks and deploying risk and compliance solutions based on AI technology, thus continually improving risk management processes. AI selects appropriate assessment methods and, as a result, identifies and prioritizes risks, suggesting suitable correction actions.

Artificial intelligence algorithms demonstrate themselves to be very potent. At the same time, its complexity and general opacity can be cause for concern. However, investigators are willing to overlook the opacity of AI algorithms when predictions are accurate and precise. With transparency and reproducibility of importance, artificial intelligence algorithms must ensure that investigators and data analysts have accountability in their environmental analyses and that regulators have confidence in leveraging AI-generated results to inform public health decisions.

AI-powered safety solutions enable enterprises to create a safe workplace environment for employees and mitigate human lives risks. To guard employees’ health and well-being, organizations have to transform workspaces and take care of their employees. When coupled with other related technologies, AI can augment the human workforce, enabling EHS professionals to proactively manage several EHS risks and create a safe workplace environment for employees.

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