Workplace safety is important for a couple of reasons; first and foremost, you don’t want your employees to get injured.
Workplace safety is important for a couple of reasons; first and foremost, you don’t want your employees to get injured. It’s your duty to make sure that they’re safe in the workplace and you don’t want to fail them. From a more practical point of view, if you’re found in breach of health and safety regulations, you’ll end up with a hefty fine. As I’m sure you know, those health and safety regulations can be a little extreme and sometimes, it’s a pain to keep up with them all. Luckily, technology has your back and it’s helping to improve safety in the workplace in a number of ways.
Health And Safety Inspections
Performing a safety check can, in some industries, be dangerous in itself. Construction, for example, can be dangerous if you’re surveying a particularly old building that has a lot of risks involved. But there are some great augmented reality technologies that can limit the number of people that need to go in there. You can now have one trained employee with iot wearables that have a video link survey the building. Of course, there is still a risk, but it is minimized quite a lot.
Improved Desk Safety
Desk safety doesn’t sound like it’s a real thing because surely you aren’t in any danger when you’re sitting at a desk, are you? Actually, there are a lot of health risks involved with sitting at a desk. Sitting for long periods on its own is incredibly bad for your health but there’s a great solution to that; standing desks. They stop you from getting issues with posture and they’ll stop you from gaining weight as much because you burn more calories when you’re standing. Another big issue is repetitive strain injury; typing and using a mouse all day can lead to problems with the hands but specialist keyboards have been developed to stop this from happening.
Often, the best way to improve safety in the workplace is good training. New technologies are making it easier than ever to train staff. As we’ve already mentioned, augmented reality technology can be used to reduce the dangers of safety inspections but it can also be used for staff training. Instead of just telling staff about the dangers in the office, you can create virtual hazards around the office and ask staff to try to identify them all. Training them in a hands on way will give better examples and help them to learn how to better spot anything around the workplace that might be a hazard.
Employee’s health often suffers in an office environment because they are incredibly inactive but you can get around this and help to spot health problems early with health trackers. They’ll give employees an indication of just how inactive they are and encourage them to move around more. It’ll also flag up any potential health problems before they get too serious.
These are just some of the amazing ways that you can use technology to improve health and safety in the workplace.