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27th June 2016

London, United Kingdom: Medical device company dorsaVi Ltd (ASX: DVL) has won the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) Safety Excellence Award in recognition of its workplace injury assessment solution, ViSafe.

The BSIF awards, which takes place at the annual Safety & Health Expo,
showcase excellence in product innovation, service and safety excellence
in the health and safety industry.  
The Safety Excellence Award was
awarded to dorsaVi for its work with Heathrow Airport.  

dorsaVi’s wearable technology was implemented by Heathrow Airport in
summer of 2015 to determine the optimal use of manual handling aids and
to validate the training given to baggage handlers at the airport.  The study
quantified the differences between manual handling of bags and use of manual handling aids.  The results were used not only to improve working practices, but to actively involve stakeholders and the workforce.  Objective data provided a new forum to discuss the benefits and challenges of manual handling aids, and as a result of their work with dorsaVi Heathrow Airport reached a new level of engagement with stakeholders who had more confidence in the benefits of correct use of the MHAs. 

"We engaged dorsaVi to help us conduct a study amongst our manual handling workforce, using data collected from their innovative ViSafe wearable sensors.  We used the output from the study to further ‘sell’ the benefits of using manual handling aids (MHAs)" said Amanda Warner, Project Manager Development at Heathrow. "There can be resistance to changes in working practice among any community, as human nature is usually reluctant to change."

"Previous methods of trialling the MHA had been subjective and not measurable in any scientific way. The dorsaVi study gave us tangible data and measured outputs, which proved that using the MHAs Heathrow had invested in were a better and safer option for workers, placing less load and strain on the body. Our sample size was small but targeted, and we were able to gather some extremely useful data using the ViSafe technology."

"Some of the findings were intuitive, however, the ViSafe data allowed us to objectively confirm the safest and most productive working methods, giving us confidence in our recommendations and decisions.  In addition, confidence in the stakeholder community has also improved, and we’re already planning to undertake further studies in other manual handling areas at Heathrow, including trialling new equipment with the dorsaVi wearable sensors to determine the best MHA in each location."

ViSafe uses sophisticated wireless sensor technology to accurately measure the range of movement and muscle activity of workers when undertaking manual handling tasks. Small, wireless sensors are placed on workers, producing live data which is then combined with high definition video. 

Unsafe work environments cost companies at every level – increased insurance costs, reduced productivity, employee retention, and risk to the health of the employees. In 2014/15, 9.5 million days were lost at work due to musculoskeletal disorders in the UK alone .  

The objective results determined by ViSafe allows companies to determine new methods of working which are safer, more cost-effective and often lead to increased productivity. 

Zoe Whyatt of dorsaVi Europe said: “We’re thrilled that our work with Heathrow Airport has been recognised and awarded by the BSIF – the vision of Heathrow to gain objective and accurate data about the working environment and practices for baggage handlers truly has made a difference in the
engagement of this workforce and their use of manual handling aids.”

Founder and CEO of dorsaVi, Andrew Ronchi said “Wearable
technology is changing the way occupational health and safety is
managed by companies globally. We’ve been able to assist
companies such as Heathrow Airport along with many others to
identify risk and reduce workplace injury. Wearable technology
has set the new gold standard in measurement, assessment and
improvement of manual handling activities.” 

27th June 2016

London, United Kingdom: Medical device company dorsaVi Ltd (ASX: DVL) has won the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) Safety Excellence Award in recognition of its workplace injury assessment solution, ViSafe.

The BSIF awards, which takes place at the annual Safety & Health Expo, showcase excellence in product innovation, service and safety excellence in the health and safety industry.  The Safety Excellence Award was awarded to dorsaVi for its work with Heathrow Airport.  

dorsaVi’s wearable technology was implemented by Heathrow Airport in summer of 2015 to determine the optimal use of manual handling aids and to validate the training given to baggage handlers at the airport.  

The study quantified the differences between manual handling of bags and use of manual handling aids.  The results were used not only to improve working practices, but to actively involve stakeholders and the workforce.  Objective data provided a new forum to discuss the benefits and challenges of manual handling aids, and as a result of their work with dorsaVi Heathrow Airport reached a new level of engagement with stakeholders who had more confidence in the benefits of correct use of the MHAs. 

"We engaged dorsaVi to help us conduct a study amongst our manual handling workforce, using data collected from their innovative ViSafe wearable sensors.  We used the output from the study to further ‘sell’ the benefits of using manual handling aids (MHAs)" said Amanda Warner, Project Manager Development at Heathrow. "There can be resistance to changes in working practice among any community, as human nature is usually reluctant to change."

"Previous methods of trialling the MHA had been subjective and not measurable in any scientific way. The dorsaVi study gave us tangible data and measured outputs, which proved that using the MHAs Heathrow had invested in were a better and safer option for workers, placing less load and strain on the body. Our sample size was small but targeted, and we were able to gather some extremely useful data using the ViSafe technology."

"Some of the findings were intuitive, however, the ViSafe data allowed us to objectively confirm the safest and most productive working methods, giving us confidence in our recommendations and decisions.  In addition, confidence in the stakeholder community has also improved, and we’re already planning to undertake further studies in other manual handling areas at Heathrow, including trialling new equipment with the dorsaVi wearable sensors to determine the best MHA in each location."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ViSafe uses sophisticated wireless sensor technology to accurately measure the range of movement and muscle activity of workers when undertaking manual handling tasks. Small, wireless sensors are placed on workers, producing live data which is then combined with high definition video. 

Unsafe work environments cost companies at every level – increased insurance costs, reduced productivity, employee retention, and risk to the health of the employees. In 2014/15, 9.5 million days were lost at work due to musculoskeletal disorders in the UK alone .  

The objective results determined by ViSafe allows companies to determine new methods of working which are safer, more cost-effective and often lead to increased productivity. 

Zoe Whyatt of dorsaVi Europe said: “We’re thrilled that our work with Heathrow Airport has been recognised and awarded by the BSIF – the vision of Heathrow to gain objective and accurate data about the working environment and practices for baggage handlers truly has made a difference in the engagement of this workforce and their use of manual handling aids.”

Founder and CEO of dorsaVi, Andrew Ronchi said “Wearable technology is changing the way occupational health and safety is managed by companies globally. We’ve been able to assist companies such as Heathrow Airport along with many others to identify risk and reduce workplace injury. Wearable technology has set the new gold standard in measurement, assessment and improvement of manual handling activities.” 

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