Change doesn’t come easy, especially for businesses. It can be a huge undertaking to implement something completely new, especially with new technology. Because of this, it’s understandable that you might be feeling apprehensive about picking new safety technology to upgrade your workplace.
Technology can improve so many aspects of your business and your workplace, and that includes safety. By upgrading some of your equipment and implementing new devices, you can reduce injuries, decrease incident response times, and provide a safer environment for all of your employees.
We’re not talking about replacing workers with robots or anything that extreme—just little things that can help everyone to work safer and more efficiently at the same time. Check out just a few of the reasons why picking new safety technology is really not a thing to be dreaded.
What kinds of new safety technology are out there?
3D visualization technology is used to train employees on any worksite. Without ever stepping foot into the workplace, an employee can learn about the hazards in the area and prepare before the job begins.
Today’s capabilities for instant communication virtually anywhere allows employees working in high-risk environments to maintain communication at all times. Open lines of communication help to avoid dangerous situations and to call for help.
Technology used to collect, report, and analyze data can help safety professionals to identify trends and improve upon future safety practices on the job.
Automated equipment and drone technology can be used to perform tasks that are unsafe for workers—some of the tasks that cause the most injuries—which can drastically reduce injuries in those environments.
What kinds of technology can you implement easily?
Cameras are a great way to go so that you can keep track of what’s happening on the work floor, out in the field, or in other locations where supervision is difficult. They are especially useful for confined spaces and hazardous areas. Monitoring these locations allows you to respond quickly in the event of a problem or emergency.
Devices such as tablets are a useful tool to use for recording and tracking information on the job. Since tablets aren’t a brand new technology, there has been time to improve them and optimize for use in the field. Sturdy, protected equipment is a great way to modernize your workplace.
How can you transition to these?
Installing cameras is simple. Choose the locations that you want to monitor with video surveillance and pick the right type of camera for the job. Your employees won’t have to stress over the implementation of new technologies in the workplace for this one— just let them know where the cameras are going to be located and why they’re important.
Tablets and other devices can be used for a wide range of purposes. Set up a day and time to train employees on these devices so that they’ll be comfortable using them on the job. It may take some getting used to, but soon everyone will be acquainted with the new technology and glad for the upgrade.
The key is to educate your employees so that the technology being used doesn’t feel like a burden to job performance. If you give them something that’s too complex or time-consuming, it defeats the purpose of even picking new safety technology to use at all. By updating your company’s safety, you want to make things easier for everyone.