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How can technology benefit in Safety? – National Safety Week

Safety at the workplace is a very crucial topic that needs attention. As today with rapid growth in technology and many other fields of study, safety needs to be assured as well. It has become necessary to use technology wisely to incorporate safety with higher efficiency.

Every business knows that one of the greatest challenges is employee attrition and absenteeism. You reduce these issues by creating a healthy and safe workplace. Employee involvement in safety decisions—through reporting, committees, walk-throughs and meeting – demonstrates that their opinion matters to you. This will not only improve productivity as they feel safe in the workplace but also remain loyal.

The traditional hazard and risk prevention and control tools, stated in the previous article, maybe still effective. However, they need to be complemented by prevention strategies. Strategies that anticipate, evaluate and control hazards arising from the constantly evolving world of work which itself may be introducing new hazards.

Generally, in business, technology is considered to advance IT strategy or enhancing employee productivity. However, with the advent of the Internet of Things, technology is gaining more attraction for health and safety as well. Technology helps to find repeat offenders, focus on safety training and reduces chances for human error. This helps to comply with Health, Safety and Environment laws and standards.

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DRONES

Drones are not limited to just for fun or other novelty purposes. Aerial surveillance helps to identify dangerous areas of work that would pose too much of a risk for humans. Can be used in conditions that are too hot or cold for humans for example. Data collection from areas prone to radiation and chemicals becomes easy with drones.

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Visualization Technology

Visualization technology (VT) helps to understand events and anticipate them. Using mixed reality head gears, workers understand a dangerous environment without having to be in that environment. For example, the oil and gas industries can use smart helmets to train workers in offshore and onshore environments and help them understand and operate dangerous technology. VT can lay out work instructions right on their visor, so you can see exactly what needs to be done in the context of your visible workspace. It supports video recording, photography and 3d mapping for later reference.

Record Keeping & Communication Systems

Technology is also impacting record keeping and communication systems by improving processes for gathering and using information. For example, electronic drive logs increase driver safety and productivity by eliminating unintentional errors caused by worker fatigue.

A logistics company says electronic logs not only improved the company’s safety statistics but also resulted in a 20% reduction in insurance premiums their first year in use and an additional 10% after that.

To summarise, the tech trends in safety will be as below.

  1. Mixed reality-based training and execution
  2. Real-time digital signage promoting safety statistics and announcements
  3. Connected protective equipment to address health and safety
  4. Innovative materials for safety gear to reduce costs and improve performance
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