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Bosch uses Gamification for occupational safety training
Most accidents in the workplace are the result of human error, and can thus be prevented. This is why Bosch places a great deal of value on training its associates. With innovative safety training programs, the company is now taking new approaches to raising awareness about occupational safety topics.
The Gamification App-and-Go, GAppNGo for short, has been used to train Bosch associates at the plants in Rayong, Thailand and Changsha, China. The Industry 4.0 solution operates on the basis of Bosch IoT and with Augmented Reality. At spots in the plants that have been marked hazardous, participants can answer quiz questions and receive information on how the risk of accidents can be minimized. Virtual prizes and a ranking aim to motivate associates and their supervisors alike. Bosch uses the game data for the continuous improvement process.
Virtual safety training
The Abstatt location uses Virtual Reality (VR). With VR goggles, associates are immersed into the typical plant, logistics, production, and office environments, where they are confronted with the risk of accidents. The Chassis Systems Control division tested the virtual safety training program last year and intends to introduce the VR goggles at all its locations.
Both projects are making an important contribution to helping Bosch achieve its occupational safety targets by 2020. The aim is to reduce the number of accidents to a maximum of 1.7 per million hours worked. In 2016, the figure stood at 2.7 accidents, a decrease of 61 percent over 2007 levels. In addition to the training sessions, Bosch is ensuring safety at its manufacturing and development locations by introducing a occupational safety management program. With the implementation of the accredited standard OHSAS 18001 Bosch was a pioneer in this regard.
More information on current occupational safety projects at Bosch can be found here.
German Federal President Joachim Gauck visited the Bosch Vocational Center in Bangalore. On his tour of the center, the president was given insights into the Bosch Group’s activities in vocational training, and in particular how it trains young people in India for technical trades.
“Bosch as a company has always been acknowledged for its commitment to building talent and contributing back to the industry, thus looking beyond immediate financial gains”, said Germany’s Federal President. “The number of people being trained at the Bosch Vocational Center exceeds the company’s own personnel needs; this demonstrates its responsibility to Indian society and makes it a true role model.”
Each year, 60 young people start a three- or four-year apprenticeship at Bosch in India. Since it was founded in 1961, the Bosch Vocational Center (BVC) has trained some 2,400 apprentices in seven trades.
Read the press release (available in EN and DE).