ABB Mobile App Takes Safety into the Digital Era

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ABB AbilityTM SafetyAPP for power generation and water customers enables plant employees to quickly report safety risks, improve situational awareness and reduce potential safety risks.

Since its introduction in 2014 in ABB, SafetyAPP has driven the reporting of 50,000 safety risks and reduced the number of serious incidents in Europe by 50 percent.

Previously, reporting hazards was a lengthy paper-based process that discouraged employee engagement and gave only a partial picture of safety in the company. With the SafetyAPP, businesses have immediate insights and traceability into the safety risks at their sites.

Employees download the app to their smart phones and use it to report any hazard they observe at work, without having to return to their desks to issue a report in another software. Risks reported could range from a slippery floor to unsafe practices observed.

In a simple five-step procedure, which takes about two minutes to complete, employees name the risk they have observed, take a photo and briefly describe it.

Once the report is sent, the app notifies the employee’s safety line manager, who then assigns a person to rectify the risk within a defined deadline.

Not only does the app transform reporting, tracking and managing hazards into a simple procedure, it raises staff awareness of safety and makes employees more observant of safety hazard in their surroundings. ABB data show that the more risks are reported, the fewer serious incidents occur.

One company whose senior management immediately saw the value in the app is multiutility Iren.

“We have more than 6.000 employees working every day at several sites in our territories,” says Massimiliano Bianco, Iren’s chief executive officer. “ABB’s SafetyAPP helps keep our people safe by making it easy to report, track and manage hazards. Its digital format provides us with valuable information on safety at our sites, which we are using to raise awareness to a higher level.”

The SafetyAPP is part of ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations portfolio for power generation and water, which enables customers to improve the safety, performance and profitability of their people and operations. ABB Ability is our unified, cross-industry digital capability — extending from device to edge to cloud — with devices, systems, solutions, services and a platform that enable our customers to know more, do more, do better, together.

ABB is a leading provider of integrated power and automation solutions with unparalleled experience in partnering with the energy and water industries, bringing customers improved operations and sustainable progress. We deliver integrated and secured digital systems, services and solutions to automate and optimize the performance of conventional and renewable power plants and water facilities.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.