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Do you work in an office? Relatively safe place? It isn’t advisable to forget about the safety even in such place. Everybody knows OHS.
The question is – how do we, employees, contribute to safety? We will tell you what we do at our company, BeeSafe, for our health and safety.
We are convinced that even small things can influence our health. When we are OK, we are more productive! That’s how it works. And besides, it is necessary to consider possible consequences which don’t appear immediately, but, eventually, they will catch up with everybody! 🙂 We don’t want that.
Monitor at eye level… everybody knows the golden rule that protects the cervical spine. We’ve dealt with it in our own way, using books, catalogues and speakers. Who would say you can reveal parts of personalities just by looking at the monitor? See for yourselves.
Changing positions 🙂 Sitting in one position throughout the entire day helps neither health nor productivity. How do we fight it? The favourite place of our project manager is a discreet standing desk in the corner of the office. He is unavailable when dealing with creative tasks as he supplies his brain with blood by constant walking 🙂 A kneeling chair is another great gadget and it is my favourite. Besides the fact its wheels are much quicker than those of an office chair, I tend to be much more upright.
“Shuttling” between the offices is for those who can’t sit in one place. Kitchen is the favourite coworking place and we often have meetings there. Coffeemaker is a fully-fledged team member then. 🙂 The summer is coming and we’re looking forward to our gazebo in the garden. Hmm… I can already smell that fresh air. At this point, I’d also like to mention yet unwritten internal rule. On sunny days, the employees have to use sunscreen when going out to the garden; members of IT team have to use SPF of at least 30+ 🙂
Not enough movement? When we need to come up with new ideas, switch our heads off a little or loosen up – there, empty the dishwasher. 🙂 That’s right. It might be a little uncommon activity when working in an office, but we’re OK with it (at least some of us are). What wouldn’t one do for one’s health?
Last but not least of our golden tips is low-cost. We observe it daily without any special effort to do so. As a matter of fact, it is an extremely infectious activity which strengthens our muscles, provides our brains with blood, decreases the level of stress and costs nothing. Laughter. Who cares if it’s sometimes only a derisive one. O:)
We live in a safe country.
Reality? A dream?
Maybe my linguistic spirit is talking and maybe it is a reaction to the recent events… I’m subconsciously changing the punctuation.
Do we live in a safe country?
Somebody googles the stats straight away, observes the numbers, compares. The results aren’t that bad! Slovakia is quite safe.
Quite? Unless something happens. It’s not only about numbers; it’s about people. About safety.
And so I’ve googled. Not numbers, but ideas. The technology is constantly progressing. Cities we perceive as the safest today prove it by their solutions.
Some ideas are waiting to be implemented, others already contribute directly to increasing the safety. What are they?
Complex security system monitoring
Singapore deservedly belongs among the safest cities in the world. They take the issue of public safety very seriously and their special Safe City Programme proves it. It is a series of measures, containing, besides others, advanced data analysis, use of visualizations, displaying camera recordings via automatic notifications in real time, tracking the GPS location of ground troops during an action etc. The acquired results allow them to successfully increase the safety of their citizens, success rate and efficiency of interventions by law-enforcement agencies and decrease the criminality from long-term point of view.
Small Smart Idea
You might have heard the news thatthe Chinese police started using the so called Smart Glasses for their work. High number of cameras which record what is happening in public places are now supplemented by special glasses that are able to see more than a humaneye. They help with faster and more precise identification of a potential offender. How does it work? The Smart Glasses are interconnected with state database. Using the glasses, a policeman can take a picture of a suspect, who is then automatically compared to people in the database. Subsequently, the policeman is notified whether he is following a wanted or otherwise dangerous person. The technology has already achieved first successes, with the police being able to catch 7 wanted people and reveal false identities of 35 people.
Security solution? Professional predictions
Work of the police in Great Britain has also undergone a great change due to the advance and new technologies. Using the latest technologies and aided by advanced analytics, recordings by public cameras and collecting of statistical data, they have managed to create a special map called “Predictive crime mapping”, which they use for marking the locations of potential emergence of crime and subsequently regulate the movements of specific law-enforcement agencies. The practice has clearly proven that it is 10-times more efficient if patrols focus on places that have been marked as locations with higher probability of occurrence of danger than having the places controlled randomly.
Bizarre or brave idea?
New Zealand has come up with possibly the bravest (or most bizarre) idea of solving security. After all, see for yourselves! 🙂 They would like to use specially-equipped drones to improve the efficiency of law-enforcement agencies’ interventions. These would differ from common drones by improvements like searchlights, cameras and ability to make warning sounds and signs. The drones adjusted in such way could disturb or scare off a perpetrator, record their movement and, for example, get to crime scene more easily and quickly than the law-enforcement agencies themselves. Citizens of New Zealand have shown differing reactions to the idea of security improvement through these modern devices. On one hand, we can speak of enthusiasts; on the other hand, there are those who, paradoxically, consider drones too dangerous to contribute to security improvement.
Smart idea from our little country
Good news? Slovakia does not fall behind. There are plenty of ideas and we have come up with one as well! We present an intelligent safety platform BeeSafe Safe City to improve the security in cities. It contributes to the safety itself also through interaction with those who know their surroundings the best – citizens of a specific city – who, using the simple mobile application, report threats and potential danger. Central system collects statistical data, evaluates them and reflects the results in a map.
Would you also like to live in a safer city? Are you interested in our idea? Would you like to know how it works? Visit our web or contact us directly, we’ll be happy to tell you more about our vision 😉
Last week, we were happy to introduce BeeSafe to the biggest retirement home in Slovakia. This home for the elderly in the north of the country hosts more than 320 tenants of all social backgrounds and medical conditions. We’ve met with its managers to discuss the details of implementing BeeSafe there and the results couldn’t be more encouraging.
Needless to say, we’re super excited to be breaking these new grounds. It’s incredibly satisfying to see our solution empowering and increasing the quality of life of the elderly.
Safety apps like BeeSafe reduce older people’s fear of crime.
According to statistics, older people, women in particular, are most likely to be worried about crime and personal safety. More than 30% of women over 60 say they feel “very unsafe” walking alone in the dark compared to only 14% of women under 29. The same trend can be observed among men as well, it’s just not as protrusive.
Moreover, it’s not just crime that is feared. We mustn’t forget about other anti-social behaviour which is often equally threatening and frightening.
Yet, the elderly remain the least likely group to be the victims of crime. Sure, one reason is that older people take more precautions to avoid potential danger. Unfortunately, that usually also means they simply stay at home because they’re too afraid to go outside.
In the end, we see a discrepancy between actual safety and its perception. This is where safety apps like BeeSafe can help alleviate much of the exaggerated fear among the elderly.
How can retirement homes benefit from using a safety app?
When you allow people feel safe, you empower them and significantly increase their quality of life. This is doubly true in the case of traditionally vulnerable groups such as older people.
As we have discovered during our dealings with the retirement home in Slovakia, crime or anti-social behaviour were often the least of their worries. After all, the area is a really safe place to live. Instead, they want to find new ways to enable their clients to remain self-sufficient and engaged in spite of their age.
Many among the elderly don’t want to isolate themselves behind the walls of their retirement home. However, they’re often too afraid to leave the premises and go to the city. Too many times it has happened to them that they became disorientated and unable to find their way back home.
BeeSafe is giving these people an easy way to contact the social workers who can quickly help them find their way back home. All of this with a single push of a button, since ease-of-use is paramount in this scenario.
BeeSafe is helping the elderly stay active and self-reliant longer.
In the end, the best thing about our work with the retirement home in Žilina is the human aspect of it.
It’s inspiring to see this incredibly lively bunch of 60+ year olds still working and doing crafts every day. Or an 80 years old tech-savvy lady who loves to spend hours with Photoshop, pranking her friends on Facebook. Some of them have even found love among their co-habitants.
In the end, their lively enthusiasm about BeeSafe and the new possibilities it brings surprised even ourselves.
Safety enthusiast and blogger. Content Manager and Researcher at BeeSafe, a company that seeks to change the way we understand safety in this millennium.
Dear Admiral Motti,
We are gravely distressed by the systematic disregard for health and safety on the new Imperial battle station called the “Liberation Star.” Following our recent inspection, we will be recommending a full suspension of operations until these concerns are addressed. In its current state, the “Liberation Star” is probably more deadly to its personnel than the enemies of the Empire.
We expect the following problems will be remedied within the next 6 months, otherwise we will have to recommend a permanent shutdown.
1. Artificial gravity allocation (a.k.a. “god what’s with those bottomless chasms everywhere?”)
The Death Star uses artificial gravity generators. Any spherical object with the size and mass of a small moon would have its own gravity — “down” would be directed towards the station’s core. On the Liberation Star, as the Imperials like to call it, “down” is always directed toward the station’s south pole.
Our concern is rather obvious — why aren’t these generators turned off or just simply not installed beneath the station’s innumerable bottomless pits?
What’s even worse, the Empire doesn’t even keep records of all bottomless pit accidents. There’s not even an accident book. That’s unbelievable, considering that each of these pits is an accident waiting to happen!
Just think of it. Darth Maul? Bottomless pit (probably still in there). Darth Sidious? Bottomless pit. Han Solo? Bottomless pit. How many good (and evil) men and women have to die before the Empire finally does something about it?
Okay. Fine. I get it. Perhaps the station uses a single gravity generation to service the entire Death Star. Perhaps such generator cannot be used to provide gravity only to certain areas. But if that’s the case, then…
2. Why are there virtually NO RAILINGS around bottomless pits?
Even though there are no official reports, we’ve heard rumours. And boy, are they scary.
According to our data, at least 150 employees died in falls which could have been easily prevented by installation of railings and barriers. We suspect that many more incidents went unreported.
Bottomless chasms are obviously a signature feature of Imperial architecture (Hey, the Empire! You’ve got a lot to learn from the Rebel Alliance!), which makes the absence of safety railings even more criminal. Not so much as a “Watch Your Step” sign.
Oversights such as these make us wonder if the Galactic Empire employs any health and safety officers at all! Reportedly, the one who was responsible for the Death Star project was dismissed under suspicious circumstances.
Sure, any Imperial official will probably argue these facilities are mostly serviced by droids. Still, such explanation doesn’t stand when you consider the following…
3. Whose idea was it to shoot the super-laser down a manned accelerator tunnel?
How come that firing the station’s weapon requires the personnel to stand INSIDE THE BARREL OF THE DEATH STAR’S FREAKIN’ SUPER-LASER!
We are appalled at the utter disregard for stormtrooper lives that went into this design. Who thought it would be a good idea to build a weapon that requires at least 14 people stand within 3 meters of a laser powerful enough to destroy a 1/7 of a planet?
We’re talking 90 gigajoules/sec here! Each time the super-laser is fired, operators are exposed to about 10 000 rem. Exposure to a single blast results in loss of hair, teeth, and some other things that are too horrific to talk about.
These poor Imperial employees weren’t even issued any eye protection. Instead, they were instructed to shield their eyes with their hands “if the beam gets too bright for you.”
Moreover, there are no handrails yet again. The employees are expected to keep their balance on what looks like a platform of 3 square meters. According to some of the death bed interviews we’ve conducted, this was due to the fact the superiors “didn’t want to encourage leaning.”
This alone would be enough for us to recommend the battle station be shut down permanently. Yet, the list goes on.
4. Danger doors instead of safety doors.
Even though we only had limited material to work with, we were only an hour or so into our Death Star footage when we noticed a stormtrooper smash his head against a door. Imagine what happened in those thousands of hours we didn’t see.
How many stormtroopers will have to whack their heads running into rooms before the Emperor (or anyone, really) takes notice? At least, put a sign there.
Moreover, why do these doors close so rapidly? It’s only a matter of time when some slow-moving snail of a stormtrooper gets sliced into halves.
We understand that having rapidly closing blast doors can be useful in case of an explosion, but is it really so difficult to put a motion sensor in there for everyday use? We were told the Death Star is a top-of-the-line military structure. How come it isn’t equipped with something that can be seen in every grocery store nowadays?
5. Mouse droid infestation?
There also seem to be hordes of tiny wheeled robots weaving their way through the dense pedestrian traffic of the station’s corridors. They represent an abhorrent safety hazard and we are scandalised it has not been addressed yet.
You might as well litter the hallways with hundreds of randomly placed skateboards.
We have also received conflicting information as for what purpose these droids serve. Some employees said they were used to deliver messages. We must say we’re totally perplexed — why are you not using computer network for this?
Finally, we were informed these droids tend to explode when frightened with unexpected input. For heaven’s sake, these are the droids you use to guide civilian visitors around the station!
6. A waste disposal system taken straight out of a horror movie
The station’s waste disposal system has evidently already reached a condition of a substantial biohazard. Considering it has only recently become operational, we have reasons to believe the system’s capacity was misjudged from the outset.
How can we otherwise explain that only few weeks after the beginning of normal operation this part of the station is already swarming with dangerous Cephalopoda? If these are left unchecked, the infestation can spread to other parts of the Death Star. They would surely prove even greater nuisance than the ubiquitous mouse droids.
Still, we’re equally disconcerted about the fact that employees can accidentally fall into some of the garbage compactors. What’s more, the compactor doors are impossible to open from the inside. What is the standard procedure in a case of being stranded in a garbage compactor?
7. Missing hangar doors?
Try to imagine hundreds of white-clad stormtroopers slowly dispersing around the station like some kind of screaming Imperial confetti. That’s what would happen in the unlikely event of a power outage!
As we understand it, there is not even an evacuation procedure in place for that kind of event. Put doors on hangar bays.
We look forward, Admiral, to hearing your plan of action at our meeting next month. After all, both the military and health and safety personnel are here to help the Galactic Empire’s war effort. We will be expecting your full cooperation.
— Inspectors from the Imperial OSHA
Safety enthusiast and blogger. Content Manager and Researcher at BeeSafe, a company that seeks to change the way we understand safety in this millennium.