The global economic and health impact of technology, such as
automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and robotics on work and the workforce
is increasingly being considered by commentators, but in widely divergent ways.
One view is that technology will bring less work, make workers redundant or end
work by replacing workers. The other major view is that technology will create
abundant opportunities for workers and boost economies. The pace of technological
change and the rapid diffusion of information require a vigilant eye to recognize
emerging hazards often before their risks are fully understood or characterized.
For example, novel materials such as nanoparticles have potential implications
for worker health risk that have not been fully defined. There are also likely
exposures to toxic materials in relatively new "downstream processes (e.g.,
electronic-waste recycling) where the hazards may not be well recognized.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently
launched a new Future of Work Initiative to more broadly address future worker,
safety, and well-being. This new initiative is a collaborative effort across
NIOSH and other agencies and organizations to identify novel research solutions
and practical approaches to address the future of work.
AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)