The event on ‘Apps for Occupational Risk Prevention’ was held on 28 May at the headquarters of the Foment del Treball in Barcelona. It was organised by Foment del Treball with the support of PrevenControl.
The Forum PRL looked at the world of apps and their impact on occupational risk prevention, through experience with the apps already being used by different companies in this field.
We are currently seeing the age of the apps revolution. This was illustrated by Joaquín Ruiz, manager of PrevenControl, in his talk at the event. Apps provide communication, ease of use, ubiquity, etc., and this is borne out in the list of apps he presented in the field of occupational risk prevention: lux meters, sound meters, speed and distance meters, safety reports, technical reports and even training with the introduction of gamification. But where are we headed? In the words of Joaquín Ruiz, ‘With google Glass and apps, there’s an interesting future in store for us in occupational risk prevention and occupational health’.
Joan Manel Berenguer, the expert in charge of the R&D&I department at PrevenControl, and Francesc Sanfeliu, technical engineer of public works at the Previport BCN UTE (temporary business consortium), opened their presentations with Apptualize, a tool for reporting preventive measures with geolocated photo-incidents, preventive security observations, coordination visits, or incidents and actions, among other customisable reports.
For his part, Gustavo Rosal, manager at Sinerco, spoke at length about augmented reality, which, applied along with mobility, allows us to develop interesting production and prevention tools. He even stressed the importance of augmented reality for the transfer of knowledge within companies. In connection with this he presented ARSGuide, a software tool for helping experts taking part in work on the life cycle of a product. Rosal’s talk also included an analysis of two new concepts, computational ontology, ie the adaptation of information to the context, and augmented social reality, which deals with the possibility of changing reality according to the needs of society.
In the second part of the event, Fernando Sánchez, of EKYPO, presented Emergency Communicator – ECO, an application for Android that detects falls and automatically makes an emergency call, ideal for dependent people, athletes or people who work in isolated conditions. Its operation is based on the use of the magnetic field sensor, the accelerometer and the GPS to offer a loss of verticality device. For his part, Joaquín Martínez, manager at Prevencia Formación, presented the application Primeros Auxilios Fáciles (Easy First Aid), opting for the importance of health culture and learning basic procedures, with special emphasis on overcoming fear in emergency situations.
In the round table devoted to ehealth, David de Mena, CEO at Primum Health IT, shared his experience in the development of applications for carrying out medical check-ups remotely and the future possibilities of the new concept of health centring on bringing it to the public.
‘For an application to be used, it must be social, simple and fun’, stated Flowlab President Federico de Gispert, who presented an application for monitoring employees with chronic medical conditions following the three premises and based on change and on generating new habits.
To end the event, the software engineer and expert on technology Julián Beltrán presented Google Glass, a project for which he was selected by Google to develop various applications. During his talk he demonstrated various interesting uses, some of them applicable in the field of occupational risk prevention or medicine.
Joaquín Ruiz began the event by quoting a phrase spoken by the poet and writer Miquel Martí i Pol in his day, ‘there is everything to do, and everything is possible’’.