The Wearables journey so far
In 2020, Deloitte was engaged by icare to design the implementation and evaluation of icare's MSD (musculoskeletal disorders) Wearable Study.
A key finding from their evaluation of the MSD Wearables Study was that employers should consider adding wearables to their suite of workplace health and safety interventions to help improve safety.
Based on short-term pilot results, they confirmed that wearable technologies are effective in identifying and/or reducing high-risk manual tasks in the workplace and help prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
The scope of wearables explored by the Wearables Advisory Service can extend beyond the prevention of MSDs, as explored in the initial study.
Around 350 workers from six industries at the greatest risk of manual handling-related injuries participate in the pilot program to test the effectiveness of wearables in real-world settings.
We partnered with six employers and provided them with access to wearables for their workers, reporting and analytics to promote safety discussions between managers and workers, and ongoing advice from our Injury Prevention Team.
Watch the below videos featuring Metcash Group, one of the largest wholesaling companies in Australia, with a range of activities in warehouse and retail settings.
Metcash Group participated in the pilot program and demonstrated that the use of wearables could lead to a significant cultural change over a short space of time and help employers to keep their workers safe and healthy.
Wearables Advisory Service
Register your interest
icare is encouraging businesses from high-risk industries including transport and logistics, manufacturing, health care and construction to register their interest in co-developing programs with the Wearables Advisory Service.