Next Generation Robotics and Workplace Health and Safety – How Businesses Safely Adopt Through Assessment and Prevention of Related Hazards

Natalie Pierce, co-chair of Littler’s Robotics, AI and Automation Practice group, and Alka Ramchandani Raj, Of Counsel member of the Workplace Safety and Health practice group, discuss how the use of robotics is affecting workplace safety and health. Natalie and Alka explain that while workplace repetitive stress injuries cost employers billions of dollars each year, OSHA has predicted that the integration of robotics will drastically reduce these injuries and associated costs. On the other hand, there are four types of injuries that OSHA has identified as greater risks as more robots enter the workplace. Alka reviews guidance to help employers mitigate those risks, describes the process used to evaluate safety controls, and explains how virtual reality safety training environments can help employees stay safe.

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