I am proposing a product that will potentially solve the problem of occupational related injuries and fatalities.
In the United States, there were approximately 2.9 million reported non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses and 4836 recorded occupational related fatalities in 2015.1 More than half of the cases of injuries required days away from work to recover or job transfers.1 The rate of occupational related injuries and fatalities indicate that the traditional methods of evaluating and controlling occupational hazards are not effective. My proposed product will provide a novel and innovative method of assessing workplace hazards. Consequently, the product will add benefit by reducing the incidence of occupational related accidents and deaths.
The proposed device will be accessible on a mobile application and on the internet. At the time of registration, users will be required to anonymously fill out a short survey which will ask questions about their occupation and hazards or safety concerns frequently encountered at work. The product will provide workers (i.e. users of the product) with a medium to anonymously report occupational related injuries and illnesses. The survey will initially be developed based on statistics of occupational injuries documented by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics but will be updated periodically.
The information inputted by users will be stored in a remote database and algorithms to give summaries of user-reported occupational health and safety concerns will be programmed into the database. Users with identical or similar job descriptions will be able to view summaries of reported occupational health and safety concerns stratified by geographical location. Providers of occupational health and safety services such as industrial hygienists and safety specialists will be given privilege to see the analytics of user-reported occupational health and safety concerns based on an inputted geographical location and advertise their services.
There will be interactive forums for each occupation and the top three highest reported occupational injury or illness or safety concern. In these interactive forums, users will be able to share experiences and offer safety advice to other users. In addition, occupational health and safety specialists will be able to offer safety tips and interact with other users.
The proposed product will be the first of its kind in the market. It will be designed by mobile application developers and made available on mobile and computer operating systems. Designing the application and maintaining the database is estimated to be less than $5000 to begin with and roughly $3000 per annum for maintenance in subsequent years.
Advertisers (i.e. occupational health and safety service providers) are the market potential of the product. After the product is fully established and has a reasonable amount of registered users, advertisers will be required to pay a fee to respond to users request for their services. If 100000 safety specialists are paying registered users, a revenue of $1000000 could be made annually with a fee of $10 per annum.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employer-Reported Workplace Injury and Illness Summary. Available at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/osh.nr0.htm. Accessed 6/25/2017.
ABOUT THE ENTRANT
Name: Kelechi Isiugo
Type of entry: individual
Patent status: none