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Aware4Duty app measures fitness for work

October 7, 2019

Compliance & Enforcement Health & Safety App Aware4Duty fitness for duty impairment

Product identifies impairment to improve worksite safety and performance

Aware360, a Calgary-based safety technology company, has launched Aware4Duty — an app requiring employees to perform a 60-second cognitive assessment measuring alertness and fatigue.

Validated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the product measures alertness with privacy, objectivity and fairness in mind.

The emphasis is on the level of cognitive performance compared to an individual’s unique baseline score of 10 previous tests. It identifies significant variation from previous results, indicating when alertness is outside normal range.

A lower-than-normal result empowers the employer to initiate company programs for increased rest or assignment of lower-risk tasks.

Aware4Duty’s ability to detect fatigue and other sources of impairment through a smartphone or tablet allows employers to identify workers who may have an increased safety risk without compromising personal privacy, says Steve Matthews, CEO of Aware360.

“Employees suffering from fatigue are almost three times more likely to be involved in a workplace accident, with as many as 69 per cent of employees citing that they are tired while at work,” he says.


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