3 Technologies That Have Changed Workplace Safety

As we discussed in our last blog post, there are lots of potential hazards in every workplace. Based on the job activities and the industry, employers have the responsibility to ensure the health, safety and well-being of their employees by making efforts and improving work environments. Fortunately, there are plenty of technology options and resources that employers can choose in order to reduce accidents and keep employees safe. 


In this blog, we are going to review how three kinds of technologies have changed the way safety professionals perform their activities and what are some advantages of adopting them.


Before you select a new safety solution, we recommend all employers to have a deep understanding of their safety goals and workplace needs, having a plan to convey the value of new technology solutions across the company properly and making sure you select a trusted vendor with deep understanding of the company’s needs and support commitment. 


Virtual reality

Many companies have discovered the value of VR technology in safety training. This allows employees to immerse themselves in potential risk simulated environments. Even though employees make mistakes while they are learning, they will be safe at every moment. Maybe this is the biggest advantage of VR technology in workplace safety preparedness. Other advantages include higher levels of learning retention compared to traditional training and cost reduction when it comes to hiring a personal instructor or replicating dangerous scenarios in real life. 


Drones

Due to features like GPS location and high resolution cameras, drones can be very useful especially for workplaces which cover large geographic areas or have dangerous sites that difficult the access to employees. This is a solution for reducing physical exposure to potential hazards. Also, drones are able to collect information as well as coordinate with security inspections and operations at any emergency.


Wearable technology

According to The Wearable Life 2.0 report of PwC, more than 75 million wearables will permeate the workplace this year. Smart glasses, exoskeletons, and smartwatches are just a few examples of wearable technology. This technology is boosting the way companies overcome many challenges at the workplace. Not only are wearables used for facilitating virtual interactions or enhancing employees strength and endurance but also have the capability of alerting during hazards. Using wearables can improve employee and workplace safety by monitoring health conditions of employees or providing an alert in case any eventuality arises.


As we discuss in our last blog, there is a potential economic benefit when it comes to preventing accidents by having the right procedures and resources for employee safety. 


Kwema is an example of a safety wearable service that can mitigate safety risks by providing employees with discrete devices that activate an emergency protocol, alerting safety supervisors or 911. Moreover, our technology is designed to avoid adoption hurdles and training costs.

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