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Foresight on new and emerging OSH risks related to digitalisation by 2025

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In a new report, EU-OSHA publishes the findings of a major 2-year project to anticipate the effects of digitalisation on occupational safety and health (OSH) in the EU. The final results of this foresight project highlight developments in ICT-enabled technologies, the potential impact of these technologies on the nature and organisation of work, and the challenges and opportunities to OSH that they may bring.

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Foresight on new and emerging OSH risks related to digitalisation by 2025

  1. 1. FORESIGHT ON NEW AND EMERGING OSH RISKS RELATED TO DIGITALISATION BY 2025
  2. 2. (Sigh) … It’s now nighttime and this task is running late … and I have missed out on 5 project tenders, 17 networker links and 3 global ranking competitions! DAY IN THE LIFE Customer rankings of your nearest competitors. Global locations of your potential platform opportunities. Your current task is 10 minutes late. Your performance ranking has reduced by 10%.
  3. 3. Gesture-control of these ‘hyper-fab’ machines is easier than ordering a drink in a bar… But have you looked at these safety and health regs? There’s 35 pages of small print… Who cares if we look at that stuff? My clients are only interested in getting delivery on time. WHO’S IN CONTROL? Any machine — €10 per hour Just pay and start manufacturing!!
  4. 4. I just run the platform — OSH is not my problem. I just finance the workspace — OSH* is not my problem. I just fix the machines — OSH is not my problem. I just buy the products — OSH is not my problem. There are no employers or managers round here — OSH is not our problem. Hmm … do we have a problem?? NOT MY PROBLEM I just design the templates — OSH is not my problem. *OSH = occupational safety and health THE PLATFORM
  5. 5. YOUR STRESS RATING IS… I just can’t stand the stress of being treated like a machine by the cloud manager! Your output has been 8% below target in the last hour. You have made 2 medium-scale errors. Your stress rating is borderline orange. Take these pills and you will feel better. Make sure you have a healthy diet. Try some meditation in between tasks.
  6. 6. WHERE IS EVERYONE? Remember when we had 60 lawyers working here in this firm? Now it’s just me and these ‘Law- Bots’! LAWYERS I think this human has some good ideas, but he lacks analytical skills. How about we move him into Marketing, and then we can run this firm properly? ‘LAW-BOTS’
  7. 7. REALITY SHIFT This VR* maintenance kit is great — you can get inside anything and fix it right away! One minute you’re in a power station, next minute, in an oil rig… Be careful with that spanner, it’s a real one! Yes, it’s hard to tell the difference between one reality and the next. *VR = virtual reality
  8. 8. MIND THE GAP OUCH!!! I thought accidents were impossible — don’t you cobots have all the latest spatial sensors? Didn’t anyone tell you? Some of us cobots are still running on old software. Oh … sorry…
  9. 9. ‘LIGHTS-OUT’ MANUFACTURING I really don’t like being the only human in these places. What if there’s a safety and health problem? And if the machines go wild — it’s either me or them…
  10. 10. LOST IN LOGISTICS Do you remember when we were real postmen? Knocking on people’s doors, with a letter and a smile… Did you know — the word ‘drone’ also means boring … very, very boring… Yeah, how can I get any exercise on this drone-monitoring job? It’s driving me crazy…
  11. 11. STRENGTH OF STEEL I could work till I’m 75 inside my exo- skeleton… But when I take it off, I can hardly walk on my own. 5000 KG Sometimes I wonder what it might be thinking.
  12. 12. LONG DISTANCE Autonomous lorry driving is great. Humans are only there for the corporate image … so meanwhile I can study for my online degree. Human monitor alert – the driver’s blood sugar is approaching critical. Hmm, we could stop while she recovers … but then we’d miss our time budget. OK, give her another shot and we’ll keep going.
  13. 13. WATCHING OVER YOU Hi — this is your ‘full-human’ OSH* advisor speaking. Our Worker Alert system has detected you have eye fatigue, chronic headache, systemic anxiety, lower back pain, and acute overdose of coffee. We can offer you a free Level 3 OSH training module. If you complete it you get a 20% discount off your next worker insurance payment! *OSH = occupational safety and health Thanks, but this OSH training looks too stressful … I’m already worried about deliverables, P2P rankings, open benchmarks, key performance indicators and network analytics.
  14. 14. How did you manage before all this smart technology? Hi, this is Charlie, your workplace skills avatar. Please run the training package installer for the virtual drive malware security upgrade. Then reset your default identity with the 16-digit access code. Hmm ... Not sure whether it’s harder communicating with the robots or the young apprentices… A QUESTION OF SKILLS
  15. 15. SCENARIO 1: EVOLUTION
  16. 16. Sorry, not much good news today … growth, jobs, investment — all flatlining. Why don’t the unemployed retrain in AI or robotics or bionics or something? FLATLINING
  17. 17. Another expert gone! With all the trade tariffs and brain drains, how can Europe compete? Sorry … head-hunted by the Sci- Tech Global Consortium to cover South-East Asia. I’m off to Singapore next week! Hey — where are you going? Our new contract starts tomorrow! BRAIN DRAIN
  18. 18. Hmmm … I haven’t used this material before/ This manual isn’t very helpful. We should support our local start-up … but ordering online would have been easier. YOUR LOCAL SHOP PRINTER JAM 3D PRINTING While-u-wait
  19. 19. The countryside is beautiful around here, but we just can’t get a great signal. Yeah — we can see all the aircraft and drones passing by, while we’re stuck here … just can’t compete with platform workers in cities. RURAL BYPASS
  20. 20. SCENARIO 2: TRANSFORMATION
  21. 21. Amazing how many jobs are replaced by AI these days. Luckily there’s a whole new range of jobs with the digital single market. Before, I was a lawyer. What I do now is harder to explain … I’m an online strategic evaluation change management facilitator. Yes, you’re right. What kind of job do you have? DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET
  22. 22. Online education is very stressful … I can’t keep up with all the targets… If you want to get ahead you have to conform…. That’s what made us what we are today. If you want to get ahead you have to conform. That’s how we got to where we are today. TARGET PRACTICE
  23. 23. I wonder if expert systems would help us keep up with the accelerating need for new regulations? We need a whole new programme of regulation on hyper-automation and the human- robotic interface! EXPERT ADVISORY SUB-COMMITTEE ON REGULATORY REFORM TO THE COMMISSION ON ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE REFORM FOR REFORMERS How can we ensure that risk assessments are done when work can be done anywhere 24/7? That’s the big one…
  24. 24. You could just fall over a chair and break a leg. RED ALERT!! Toxic compounds in unauthorised location. Removal now in progress. This hyper-VR* chemical engineering is much more fun … and what could possibly go wrong? CHEMISTRY FOR BEGINNERS *VR = virtual reality
  25. 25. SCENARIO 3: EXPLOITATION
  26. 26. Yes, running a business is so much more relaxing without demanding workers getting in the way! It’s amazing how our hyper- automation business seems to be raining Bitcoins! HUMAN-FREE PROFIT
  27. 27. I used to drive a limo … until it began to drive itself. These homeless apps enable me to access support and opportunities for informal work. www. Home less. com WORKERS ARE EVERYWHERE
  28. 28. We need your final report in 30 minutes. Your productivity is 10% below the required standard. Please dictate after the tone for auto-translation to Japanese. If this AI is so clever, why can’t it see that humans are being emotionally destroyed? PRODUCTIVITY PROBLEMS
  29. 29. I don’t like the way that bot is looking at me… **ALERT** Are you thinking what I’m thinking? I think Human S23097-XC is unreliable. We must use ’emotional intelligence’. Just wait till it has to recharge, then you can get your revenge… POWER GAMES
  30. 30. SCENARIO 4: FRAGMENTATION
  31. 31. Look, here’s a good job … 2 hours of cyber-trolling, pays in Bitcoin only. How about this one … 3.5 hours of personal service to a hyper-rich individual? JOBS-R- US.com What would you like to do today?? www.I’m- available. com OUT OF SIGHT
  32. 32. **RED ALERT** Subversive humans approaching the gates. Prepare for level 3 response. We demand human rights and social justice! LOCKED OUT
  33. 33. Look at that! I thought these self-drives were supposed to be safer than humans? I think human brains are not so easy to hack... If you want to have some fun, the smart lamp- posts are easy targets! SMART CITY FUN
  34. 34. These instructions come in 28 languages but they don’t tell you what to do! I can do flat- pack furniture … but putting a tool in a robot is risky Best to keep out of its way until the help desk responds. It’s not responding… INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED

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