Workers in various industries encounter safety concerns around equipment operation, temperature, and air quality. You need the right technology to keep your workers safe. Workers should be equipped with technology to keep them in touch, aware of risks, and protected from known hazards.
Let us look at the ways technology can protect employees at the workplace.
Real-time insights and high-speed communication notify employers about the status of heat, air quality, and particular risks. This helps them to address the hazards before they injure their employees. When an injury occurs, an employee should call for help fast.
One way to facilitate this is by using a Bluetooth panic button. The Bluetooth Panic Button is programmed to issue alerts at the touch of a button. This panic button operates at up to 30 feet from any iOS or Android based Bluetooth device previously tested with.
2. Safety Apps
Safety hazards are everywhere, and safety apps help identify safety-related concerns and provide helpful information to manage or eradicate them. Safety apps can restructure your safety, health and risk management to enable you to keep an eye on company operations at all times.
Some apps allow hazard identification, create safety and health checklist, record information, and take photos from a mobile device if an eventuality arises.
3. Efficient Machines
From assembly line robots to faster hand tools, machines have replaced or enhanced human labor. Usually, these machines improve safety at the workplace.
Robots and drones undertake dangerous tasks with hand-operated technology allowing works to finish work faster and better with fewer risks. But, greater efficiency is costly. Powerful machines consume much more energy than human workers. If the energy is not controlled correctly, it can lead to disaster.
For example, a chain saw accident might be more severe than a hand saw. Greater machines come with greater risk, and machines that use technology today need developing and thoughtful safety policies for those using it.
4. Computerized Training
One of the most common causes of accidents at the workplace is a lack of proper training. Paper-based training manuals and record-keeping systems can make it challenging to stay up-to-date on each worker’s training requirements. Computerized training eliminates these problems.
A suitable training and management software can help track training progress from one location and automatically send alerts to employees who are not up-to-date. Such software help supervisors identify employees without proper safety training.
Drones can be used in the construction and manufacturing industries to reduce workers’ exposure to falls by monitoring and inspecting operations. Likewise, robots can access difficult-to-reach and hazardous locations like storage tanks and tunnels to collect samples and perform inspections.
6. Improved Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The latest PPEs have improved harnesses and hard hats to keep workers safe. There are also flame-retardant clothing, high-tech lenses, and efficient cut-resistant gloves.
Similarly, wearable microchip technology monitors workers’ vital signs and health problems and issues warnings when unsafe situations occur.
Regardless of your profession or industry, there is technology designed to make your work easier and safer. Safety professionals can use technology to reduce costs and save time. They can safely track and manage their safety programs and their workers.
Salvatore Presti is an American writer living in Italy who enjoys the fine art
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