A new roadmap to help future major construction projects and mega-events lift safety standards is being created by Expo 2020, thanks to its pioneering Worker Wellness Programme, a massive project measuring workers’ health and well-being using the latest wearable wellness technology.
The first phase of the programme, which ran for 30 months from October 2017, used Whoop technology – wearable wrist-strap wellness devices. A total of 5,540 workers participated on a voluntary basis, with the project focusing on preventative health through monitoring and reporting, health treatment and health research.
The programme forms part of Expo 2020’s wider approach to worker welfare and health and safety, designed to set new benchmarks for major construction projects and mega-events in the region and beyond, and leave a positive legacy long after Expo 2020 closes its doors at the end of March 2022.
The technology used in the initiative was developed by Expo 2020 in collaboration with American fitness tech company Whoop. Regularly used by elite athletes around the world, the wearable ‘Whoop Straps’ have been adapted to take into account the needs of construction workers.
More than 13 terabytes of data have been collected via the wearable devices, and this huge amount of information is forming the basis for research by internationally recognised academics from the UAE’s University of Sharjah.
The academic findings of the programme’s first phase are due to be released later this year. A second phase of the Worker Wellness Programme will begin in 2021, using wearable wellness technology to monitor the health and well-being of event-time workers during the six months of Expo 2020.