You may be considering updating some equipment in your facility, whether it’s for safety or other reasons. While picking new safety technology shouldn’t be a difficult or stressful process, there are some things that you should look out for.
Upgrading equipment is supposed to help solve problems, create a safer workspace, and make things easier. If the technology that you’re considering works against these goals, you may want to reconsider.
Here’s a quick guide on technology you should avoid when you’re updating your team’s safety program.
Focusing too much on innovation
One problem you may find is that sometimes innovation gets the best of us. It’s easy to get caught up in the latest technologies that are becoming available, but change only for the sake of change is counterproductive. You need to think about why you’re upgrading equipment or why you’re implementing new safety technology.
Your focus should be on improving employee health and safety instead. Rather than admiring a new technology because of its ingenuity alone, think about how it could make a positive impact on your workplace. If it won’t outperform what you already have, it’s not a good idea to upgrade.
What your competitors have
You don’t need to upgrade your equipment just because your competitors or others in your industry do. What makes them the authority on the best safety technology? Maybe they upgraded to the newest equipment but it isn’t the best fit for them or for you.
Don’t pick new safety technology based on your competitors. Find what works for you and what solves the problems in your workplace. Safety isn’t one-size-fits-all; that’s why we haven’t been able to eliminate accidents and injuries completely.
Employees always have to be plugged in
If there’s some sort of new communication system that allows easy access from smartphones, it can be very tempting to expect employees to be connected and responsive at all times, even off the clock. You can’t expect employees to be “plugged in” while they’re at home and off work.
Demanding too much attention off the clock can lead to negative results. Soon enough, employees may begin ignoring the software that was intended to increase safety in the workplace—even while on the job.
The biggest thing to remember is that your technological upgrades should serve a specific purpose, achieve a goal, and improve safety in your workplace. Try to not become distracted by the latest trends and newest innovations if they aren’t relevant to your company’s needs. Keep in mind the types of technology you should avoid before you make any decisions on upgrading your safety technology.