Expo 2020 Dubai launches worker wellness programme

The initiative will measure workers’ well-being using Whoop’s latest wearable wellness technology for construction projects

Expo 2020 Dubai is prioritising construction workers welfare with Whoop's latest technology
Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 Dubai is prioritising construction workers welfare with Whoop's latest technology

Expo 2020 Dubai is prioritising the welfare of its construction workers by launching its Worker Wellness Programme using American fitness tech firm Whoop’s wearable wrist-strap wellness devices.

The Whoop devices collected data measurements split into three categories: effort, sleep and recovery from more than 5,500 construction workers from the site who participated on a voluntary basis.

The data took into account factors such as heart rate variability, resting heart rate, and sleep autodetection, with custom reports then built to show workers their data in a weekly summary.

During the course of the programme, which Phase 1 ran for 30 months from the 30 October 2017, 153,785 worker progress reports were issued to participants.

The technology used in the programme was developed by Expo 2020 in collaboration with Whoop. The wellness wearable ‘Whoop Straps’, regularly used by elite athletes around the world, have been adapted to the needs of construction workers – with a charging/syncing system devised to collect data daily during their lunch breaks, and printed reports provided to all participants in multiple languages.

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 on 31 March 2022.

Commenting on the programme, Expo 2020 Dubai’s deputy chief operations officer, Rashid Mohammed, said given the number of workers on site, this “programme is unique” – and they haven’t come across any other project that tracks human physiology at this scale.

“The data gathered will form part of the legacy that Expo 2020 leaves the world, taking us one step closer to predictive models that can save lives,” said Mohammed.

Echoing Mohammed’s views, Whoops founder and CEO, Will Ahmed, said: “By using Whoop technology, we can understand what it will take to prevent injuries and to make a workforce healthier. All of this will lead to a better and safer working environment for construction workers from around the world.”

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