Muhammad Ashiq, Product Manager – Health, Safety & Wellness at SOL-X
Ashiq holds a degree in Engineering and Environment, in combination with a master degree in Safety, Health and Environmental Technology. He is an experienced HSSE expert with extensive expertise at workplace health and safety, primarily within the Oil & Gas and Maritime segments.
Hear from our colleague, Muhammad Ashiq, Product Manager regarding subject matter expert opinion on how safety has evolved in hazardous industries and his thoughts on SAFEVUE.ai. Ashiq was previously a HSSE expert at an oil major.
1) How has safety evolved and progressed in hazardous environments like Oil & Gas, Maritime etc. from the time you worked in them?
Ashiq: "When I was at Oil & Gas industry, safety has evolved with more implementation of technology to ensure workers return home safely every day. Controls like usage of motorized equipment to transport heavy loads instead of using manual labor, and transition towards digitalized Permit To Work (PTW) for ease of data retrieval. Workers' health is also better protected with prescribed, fit for purpose PPE to be worn for specified tasks instead of generic protection coveralls."
i) Engineering control
- Usage of motorized equipment to transport heavy loads from one point to another as compared to using raw manpower. This reduces fatigue, and fatigue related incidents.
ii) Administrative control
- Transition towards digitalized Permit To Work (PTW) for ease of archive retrieval. This results in ease in data retrieval and trending potential.
iii) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Prescribed, fit-for-purpose PPE to be worn/utilized for specified tasks. Previously only generic type of protection provided and used across “similar” types of activities. For example, usage of coverall specific in providing protection to a chemical that is being loaded as compared to only using a generic apron. Workers’ health is better ensured.
2) Do you think that our solution will be the game changer for Safety and Crew Wellbeing not only in maritime but also Oil & Gas etc.?
Ashiq: "Previously traditional methods relied on manual observations that aren't scalable. Empowering workers with connected wearables tools would allow greater granularity for real time monitoring (rather than rely on traditional manual observations), control and measurements in Safety Performance for an organization. This comes with knowing the environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, noise, etc.) that the worker is operating in and as well as his physical conditions (vitals, physical activity etc.). Utilizing these tools will reduce the fatigue levels of the workforce and the wearables will help to validate these assumptions too.
With SAFEVUE.ai, besides implementing digitalized PTW systems as a way forward, we also provide analytics through our Control Of Work documents and sensors from our wearables. These provide powerful leading indicators to our customers. We are also able to offer advisories based on our HSSE experience on the possible root causes that organizations should look into such as developing safety and wellbeing programs that can result in fewer incidents."