NIOSH Webinar: Wearable Devices to Improve Worker Safety and Prevent COVID-19 Infections

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2021 - Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Event Type: Webinars

Join this NIOSH webinar, sponsored by Musculoskeletal Health Cross-sector Program and Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies, and presented by Haytham Elhawary, Ph.D., CEO of KINETIC.

Traditionally, sensor technology has focused on detecting and alerting industrial workers to hazardous conditions (environmental/physical) in the workplace. Technological advances in the last 5 years, including wearable devices, have led to a huge growth in hardware and software solutions to improve worker safety and reduce injuries and fatalities. However, adoption has been slow in the workplace. During COVID-19, with renewed focus on the safety and health essential workers, the use of wearable devices to reduce the spread of the virus has led to wider spread adoption as well as higher acceptance rates by workers. We explore how this technology enables social distancing and digital contact tracing, and how this might lead to a new age of worker safety technology.

Haytham Elhawary is co-founder and CEO of KINETIC, a wearable tech company that develops hardware and software infrastructure to enable a connected industrial workforce. Guided by a mission to help the industrial worker stay safe and healthy, he has led the development of a smart wearable device to reduce workplace injuries. Elhawary holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Imperial College London and a Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Navarra in Spain. His professional experience includes the development of medical robots at both Philips Electronics and Harvard Medical School. Prior to launching KINETIC in 2014, Elhawary served as Executive Director of the Zahn Innovation Center, a hardware startup incubator. Elhawary and his company are based out of New York, where he also writes theatre reviews and loves to do improvised comedy.

The content of this webinar is the sole responsibility of the presenter. It does not necessarily represent and should not be construed to represent any determination or policy of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please contact Jessica Ramsey at if you have any questions about the webinar.

Time: 1:00 p.m. ­– 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

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