Innovative Personal Protective Equipment: Advantages and Disadvantages of Applying Artificial Intelligence

Open Access
Conference Proceedings
Authors: Alessandro LeddaDavide GiordaniMaria Rosaria Fizzano

Abstract: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and health of workers in various industrial areas. With the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI), new opportunities for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of PPE have arisen. In the proposed paper, will be examined the potential applications of AI in PPE, and will be evaluated the advantages and disadvantages of applying AI to PPE.In the introductory section, an overview of AI and its potential applications in PPE will be provided. Than we will examine examples of how AI has been industrialized in the production of PPE, including the use of sensors and advanced algorithms for monitoring worker health and safety. We argue that AI can be a powerful tool for improving the performance of PPE and reducing the occupational risks such as work-related injuries and illnesses.In the central section of the paper, will be evaluated the advantages and disadvantages of applying AI to PPE. We will discuss the benefits of using AI to enhance the precision and accuracy of PPE, as well as its potential to reduce the workload and costs associated with traditional PPE. However, will be also highlighted some of the potential drawbacks of AI in PPE, such as the risk of relying too heavily on technology, neglecting other important aspects of worker safety and also ethic implications.In the last section of the paper, we will provide solutions for overcoming the limitations of AI in PPE. We argue that a balanced approach is needed, one that combines the strengths of AI with other approaches to worker safety, considering also ethic aspects. We suggest that future research should focus on developing hybrid systems that integrate AI with other technologies, such as wearables and augmented reality, to create more effective and user-friendly PPE.In summary, the paper proposed wants to provide a comprehensive analysis of the potential benefits and drawbacks of applying AI to PPE. We argue that AI has the potential to revolutionize the field of worker safety, but caution that a balanced approach is needed to ensure that the benefits of AI are realized without compromising other important aspects of workers' health and safety.

Keywords: Personal Protective Equipment, Artificial Intelligence, Occupational safety, Machine Learning, Health and safety at work, Industry 4.0, IoT

DOI: 10.54941/ahfe1004102

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