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KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 -- Amazon and National Safety Council (NSC) have announced a five-year partnership to invent new ways to prevent the largest category of workplace injuries in the US, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
According to a statement, Amazon and NSC have been working together for months on this first-of-its-kind collaboration.
The partnership will aim to prevent MSDs across a variety of industries by engaging key stakeholders, conducting research, inventing new technology and processes, and scaling the results.
The collaboration is made possible by Amazon’s US$12 million contribution, the largest corporate contribution in the history of NSC, and will include five key components. (US$1 = RM4.115)
The components are Advisory Council; Pioneering Research; Small Business and University Grants; Innovation Challenge; and, Industry Call to Action – The MSD Pledge.
An international advisory council established to bring together safety experts, corporations, and researchers in public and private sectors, working together to review the most promising approaches to MSD prevention, shapes the development of partnership components, and engages external parties on MSD prevention.
Research will be conducted by utilising next-generation artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and machine learning tools to explore current and future MSD innovations and trends. The research will be available to all industries to explore and glean insights.
In addition, grants will be provided to small businesses, universities, and university students. These grants will fund research and innovation that help companies of all sizes achieve impact.
The partnership kicks off in June during National Safety Month and in its first year will focus on launching the advisory council, identifying research partners, analysing existing data, and developing the grant and Innovation Challenge programmes.
More details on the partnership at www.nsc.org/amazonpartnership.
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