Technology-Based Improvements in Occupational Health and Safety

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Stephanie McCauley

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Technology-Based Improvements in Occupational Health and Safety

As HSE professionals, we’re always looking for a way to continually improve the health and safety of our worksites. One of the ways this can be achieved is through using new innovations in technology that not only make work easier and more efficient, but help professionals reduce the number of incidents at a worksite through data analytics as well as useful tools to prevent injuries. Today, we’ll look at some of the new technologies that are completely revolutionizing the health and safety sector that can be easily applied to your business.

Digital Recordkeeping for Safety Data

For companies with many worksites or those with a centralized recordkeeping system, one way to give HSE professionals quick access to useful data that can inform decisions, is through utilizing computer-based technologies. Instead of old-fashioned paper documentation, companies can choose to shift to tablet or phone devices with apps that can record audits, safety inspections, and incident observations, then transmit this real-time data to a centralized database.

Additionally, safety professionals can access these databases to review trends for particular incident categories, contractor companies or worksites, while also allowing them the ability to efficiently filter the data and look at historical trends to quickly identify the root cause of an incident and prevent future incidents from occurring. In addition to storage and access to an organized database of EHS information, safety programs that apply risk management and assessment filters to particular scenarios allows for decisions to be made in the field that can alter work practices in order to prevent future risk.

Journey Management for Incident Reduction

Businesses that employ a vast number of vehicles as part of their day-to-day operations will benefit from using journey management software to carefully track their employees and the safe use of their vehicles while in operation. Journey management software provides a diverse range of features, such as GPS tracking of vehicles including speed limit compliance, check-in reminders for employees as well as risk assessments that can be conducted for each planned trip prior to its undertaking. Any serious risks during the journey can be managed through escalation alerts with real time dashboard data, journey mapping and audit logs.

Virtual Reality Simulation for HSE Training

Traditional training methods are generally carried out by an in-person trainer using a mixture of oral and visual presentations of data. However, studies have found that employees learn better through hands on instruction, by doing and carrying out activities during training rather than listening to information that is being presented to them. In this sense, virtual reality simulation trainings can be beneficial because it allows employees to be virtually present in a particular site that they will work in and presents various safety scenarios that the employee might encounter. Virtual and augmented reality glasses are growing rapidly in popularity and as their usage becomes more prevalent, the overall cost of employing these tools in training is becoming more accessible and less expensive.

Smart Safety Clothing

Safety clothing has evolved significantly as awareness of potential risks and hazards at worksites has increased. One of the emerging trends in safety clothing is the incorporation of new digital tools to improve worker safety based on more significant incidents experienced in the construction industry. For the prevention of falls for example, safety vests may include an air bag collar to protect workers and may come equipped with vital signs monitors. Some hard hats incorporate LED lights as beacons as well as work lights for nighttime use. Instead of traditional batteries, these tools can be charged kinetically or through solar power. Other trends include clothing that can monitor vital signs through heart rates and temperature in order to alert workers or their supervisors to fatigue risks as well as narcotics use.

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