NSW CWHS tackling AI workplace risks


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 29 September, 2021

NSW CWHS tackling AI workplace risks

The NSW Government’s Centre for Work Health and Safety is developing an AI risk management tool to manage the workplace health and safety risks that could be introduced through the adoption of AI.

The centre is building the tool based on over 50 risks identified in two studies commissioned by the centre in partnership with the University of South Australia. The centre is also working with Charles Sturt University to explore how businesses can trust new processes.

According to Centre for Work Health and Safety Director Skye Buatava, around 70% of Australian companies are expected to adopt at least one type of AI technology by 2030.

“While AI may provide efficient solutions to business operations, there are new potential work health and safety risks to workers,” she said.

“We are conducting further research to establish evidence-based actions businesses can take to help address identified risks, while developing a user-friendly AI WHS Risk Management Tool.”

Buatava said the centre has so far consulted with more than 80 experts from business, government and academia as part of the development of the tool.

“The feedback and planning we are undertaking now will go a long way to ensuring workplace safety as the technology becomes available,” she said.

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