Whether or not we realize it, over the last decade artificial intelligence (AI) has changed our lives in more ways than we can imagine. Today, we use AI powered platforms to find a ride, order food, search for that next forever home, shop, and even hire. The unlimited capabilities unleashed by AI are still being explored, and many industries that have been traditionally staffed via resume-scanning for full-time positions are starting to notice the disruption. With AI increasingly changing the way employers hire, it is important to understand how it can advance the way businesses across the country implement industrial hygiene protocols.
For decades, employers in highly regulated industries such as manufacturing, construction, and oil and gas felt as though the safety and compliance risks they faced were overwhelming and could only be met by a full-time EHS employee to oversee the operations. This professional was tasked with a wide range of responsibilities, all the way from safety training to incident and fatality reporting. As a result, the company’s EHS employee was expected to oversee safety and environmental compliance for several job sites or facilities, spending time and resources to be on the road. This overloaded professional was asked to be a generalist, the company’s know-it-all resource for safety, health and environmental compliance and mitigation.