As little as 50 years ago, workplace safety did not even exist. In fact, it was not until OSHA’s creation back in 1971 that workplaces had to make a safer and better environment for their workers. Before workplace safety, there were around 14,000 deaths each day. Around the world, this number has reduced to around 12 deaths per day. Whilst this is still 12 more than we want, companies are doing everything they can to improves safety and technology has done its fair share in helping companies with this.
Machines Replacing Humans
Gone are the days when humans had to put themselves in dangerous positions in order for products to be built. Technological advances now mean that machines can replace many of the simple yet dangerous jobs that humans once had to do in businesses. Despite this, there are still roles that machines will never be able to replace and for these jobs, you need to stay safe. For example, these mesh curtains protect both the worker inside the curtains as well as outside and have been fully tested.
Digital Safety Training
As safety training is needed for all workers, digital safety training has become a popular way to deliver this. Business owners must keep an accurate and up-to-date record of any workers who have completed safety training, so having everything on one platform allows for a streamlined way for all employees to receive and complete the same training. Digital training is also much more engaging and can be provided on many platforms including computers or mobiles. Long gone are the days of sitting in a room and watching a VHS on safety training; now employees can complete the course from the comfort of their own home or in the office. Virtual reality is also another way that companies are administering safety training. This allows for a much more hands-on experience without having to put anyone in any real danger.
Wearable technologies are being used by many companies to track their own employee’s health and safety whilst on site. For outdoor workers, wearable technology aids in alerting employees when they are overheating and may be likely to suffer from heat stroke. Monitoring movements of all employees means it is also much easier to gather important data that can be used to change the way a company works to prevent and minimize the risk of injuries. This isn’t just Fitbit’s though; with technology such as hard hats that allow for a 3D overlay and contain a 360° camera, workers can see their whole surroundings. Safety vests are also used for workers who tend to work alongside busy roads, and these have been used to prevent deaths.
Technology has come a long way in terms of workplace safety and will only continue to develop to keep workers safe. With the use of VR, workplace safety training has never better been able to mimic what would happen in the case of a real incident. Wearable technology has been used to prevent deaths and the use of machines has prevented humans from being put in dangerous conditions.