Editor's Note

Editor’s Note: Are you using AI?

As soon as I finish writing this note, I’ll be going through my to-do list to free up time to attend a virtual conference for editors. This year’s theme: “Evolve or Die.”

Considering this theme, I don’t think you’ll be surprised to learn that several of the presentations will be about artificial intelligence. I’m looking forward to them. Although all of Safety+Health’s news and articles are written by our editorial team, it’s important for us to stay up to date on how others are using AI to generate content, as well as its limitations and opportunities.

We know that it’s equally important for occupational safety and health pros to stay aware of AI’s uses. That’s why we asked longtime S+H contributor Susan Vargas to reach out to some prominent voices on AI in workplace safety. Susan, who rightly points out that the topic inspires both excitement and fear, spoke with Cam Stevens. Cam, a safety and health pro who’s been a keynote speaker at the NSC Safety Congress & Expo, is CEO of a consulting firm “focused on the intersection between technology and workplace safety.” Susan also talked with Jay Vietas, chief of the Emerging Technologies Branch at NIOSH, who offered his views on current uses of AI. Rounding out the trio is John Dony, vice president of workplace strategy at NSC, who points to the “dozens” of safety-related applications but adds that “organizations and people will need to find a place of mutual balance and comfort in which AI tools are viewed as reliable and effective – but not infallible.”

I hope you’ll check out the article and let us know what you think.

Melissa J. Ruminski The opinions expressed in “Editor’s Note” do not necessarily reflect those of the National Safety Council or affiliated local Chapters.

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