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Workplace tech-safety breakthroughs in 2019

Although the majority of safety technologies require hardware and software systems for operations, accurate sensors and devices should be given the ability to identify the risk before it takes place.

The beginning of a new year is a great time for companies to take stock of their safety equipment or machinery and reaffirm their dedication to improving workers’ safety and health.

Although making sure that workers return to their homes safely and securely at the end of the workday is the primary goal of every manufacturing or construction industry, it’s a challenging job in any workplace.

If you want to change your work environment to improve your employees’ safety, consider these breakthroughs evolving in 2019.

Automated Machine Safety Doors

Industrial safety doors are made to control accessibility to harmful robot/machine activity while containing the particular process, and offer improved safety for the machine’s operator.

The development of these safety roll up doors during the past 4 decades has brought positive changes for industrial customers. The conversion from rigid, slow doors to high-speed ones has brought enormous developments in energy savings and increased productivity.

On the other hand, this evolution of high-cycle, high-speed automation creates concern for the potential risks that doors opening at high speeds could have. High-speed door operations can improve worker’s safety if proper safety precautions are implemented.

Developing the Safety Tool Set

Companies are concentrating on wearable technologies to evaluate worker safety and activity at plant or manufacturing sites.

Unobstructive, rugged devices provide useful information about where personnel is spending time on site, in addition to where and when safety concerns are taking place. By giving quantifiable data, companies have the ability to replace anecdotes and assumptions with objective information to better manage safety risks and challenges.

Improving the Workplace Community

Along these lines, it is important to realize that most of these technologies are just tools and are only one particular part of a larger system that should contain training/education, coaching, and communication.

Using technologies and information to drive down safety occurrences must be combined with the responsibility for examining and, if required, changing the corporate and business environment.

A complete safety system requires management commitments, worker buy-in, and regular feedback and communication. On top of that, safety technology should allow workers to engage in site safety processes positively, whether it is the proficiency to report a risk or signal trouble from anywhere within the site, a field with two-way urgent-situation communication abilities.

Continuous Safety Improvement

IoT-based technology is bringing about a change in safety operations and culture, enabling improved exposure, efficient communications, and a positive approach to operational risk management and workplace safety.

In the near future, the opportunity and challenges for the industry won’t only be in determining what things to measure and how best to measure them, but also what the outcomes of this information mean for the practices, processes, and people who support them.

Although the majority of safety technologies require hardware and software systems for operations, accurate sensors and devices should be given the ability to identify the risk before it takes place.

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.


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