Three major companies to join safetytech regulatory sandbox
By Catrin Jones22 March 2023
It has been announced that three major construction and infrastructure companies have agreed to participate in the Industrial Safetytech Regulatory Sandbox, the world’s first regulatory sandbox for industrial safety tech.
Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall and Heathrow Airport will explore new opportunities to improve safety and risk management with Discovering Safety, a programme of work delivered by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain’s health and safety regulator, and Safetytech Accelerator, a technology accelerator dedicated to advancing safetytech in industry.
UK-based technology companies will join the above companies with products and services designed to improve safety and risk management in industrial workplaces. Safetytech Accelerator started recruiting technology participants for the sandbox in February.
The sandbox aims to explore ways to undertake assessment and compliance activities more effectively, to help accelerate the adoption of proven safetytech products in the industry, and to understand and reduce barriers that might delay the development of new life-saving technologies.
The project will focus on innovation around significant areas of risk in construction, including falls from height, vehicle collisions, crane operations and manual handling.
Andrew Rippington, Health and Safety Lead in BAM Nuttall’s Safety Department, says, “We find this project really interesting and welcome the chance to support innovators with real-world experiences that will inform the sandbox and keep solutions useable. We’re keen to identify challenges and areas where we can enhance.”
Roly Latif Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing for Heathrow Infrastructure, added, “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to work with experts and encourage knowledge sharing and innovation. Supporting experts in developing technology-led solutions that solve old and new problems could change the risk profile of future Infrastructure projects.”