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Safety Compass

A world where everyone comes home from work.

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The product vision

Around the globe a worker dies every fifteen seconds. 

In 2015, 193 Australian workers in industries ranging from mining to health care got up in the morning, went to work, and did not return home to their families.

The Safety Compass is a Work Health & Safety risk management tool designed to help workers assess, manage and avoid dangers in their workplace and help bring them home. 

The Safety Compass uses intuitive augmented reality to communicate hazard information to users in the field. By accessing the worker's physical location, the app presents vital information on present dangers straight to the worker's phone, avoiding the necessity of bulky safety manuals to locate and manage risk. Using the phone's inbuilt camera and GPS system, the app displays real and present dangers to the viewer that adapt and compensate for the viewer's field of vision.

User friendly information enhances existing risk assessment practices. The system is fast, efficient and caters for a range of viewer circumstances – overcoming the challenges of reading large volumes of complicated text in dark, shifting, loud or crowded environments. Information usually stored in expansive manuals in site offices follows the viewer wherever they go, slashing the time and effort necessary to assess dangers in the workplace.

While the app is particularly suited to high risk sites, employees can tailor The Safety Compass to any workplace through a user friendly admin function. Updates to the admin function can also allow for real time risk communication to field users - a hazard tag can be added within minutes, making new risks live for workers to view.

The Safety Compass represents a digital revolution in workplace safety – it brings life saving hazard information to frontline workers quickly and efficiently.

iPhone laid on flat displaying a screenshot of an abestos safety warning

The functions  

Sign in and select your site

Supervisors can add a site or specific area on site within minutes. Adding hazard information is easy, simply follow the prompts to identify issues quickly. Workers can then sign in with secure login details and select from any number of relevant worksites. 

Scan your location for hazards using augmented reality

The Safety Compass uses intuitive augmented reality to communicate hazard information to users in the field. Using the phone’s GPS and accelerometers the app superimposes real time information onto the camera view that adapts and compensates for worker’s field of vision. 

View hazards site-wide

By accessing the worker's physical location, the app presents vital information on present dangers straight to the worker's phone, avoiding the necessity of bulky safety manuals to locate and manage risk. A worker’s position is shown in relation to hazards, and workers can zoom, tilt and pan across a detailed site map. 

Access in-depth safety information

Workers receive critical site information well before they enter a hazardous area, allowing them time to prepare for safe work practices and overcoming the challenges of reading large volumes of complicated text in dark, shifting, loud or crowded environments.Additional safety information including video content can be added for more detail. 

2016 Patron's Award, Good Design Awards 
2016 Selection Award, Good Design Awards 

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