Challenge 1: Wellbeing

Synopsis: How can employee well-being and safety be improved through wearable technology or human machine interface design?

Hackathon participants were tasked with developing a solution in the areas of health, well-being and safety. HS2 are especially keen to explore the use of wearable technology and biometrics in this area.

Health and safety

HS2 are developing a Health and Safety (H&S) Passport System to control competence, site access, and medical fitness during the early stages of construction. The system is being developed in collaboration with Network Rail and TFL, so that the industry can share safety critical data and prevent double shifting.

This passport system will initially have a 5-year lifespan, will be modular, with a system integration function, so functionality can be added through bolt-on systems over time. HS2 aspires to expand the H&S Passport approach over time, to ultimately use it in when HS2 becomes an Operational Railway.

The aim will be to support the management of the following risks:

Controlling access and equipment use:

  • Access/Egress based on permissions and security control
  • Zonal Access to High Hazard Areas (e.g. electrical control rooms) based on competence, permissions, medical fitness
  • Equipment and Machine Operation (e.g. OTM operation) based on competence, permissions, medical fitness, and other system rules including fatigue indicators

Collection of data and intelligence, to provide management information, to enable risk based decision making and policy formation on:

  • Predictive functionality – indicating before limits are breached (e.g. in working hours, competence expiry etc.), to enable better planning.
  • Fatigue Management – including shift lengths, rest periods, shift patterns, night working, external environment (exposure to heat, cold etc.), and live personal monitoring for symptoms/indicators of fatigue
  • Other wellbeing factors – including monitoring of personal exposure, and personal health (heart, blood pressure etc.)

Output: open

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