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How Can Technology Improve Workplace Safety?



Every employee wants to work in a safe environment. Thus, companies are dedicating their time to ensure that their workplaces are safe and working comfortably.

It is also a statutory requirement to have a safe work environment. For instance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) instituted new requirements on Jan 1, 2015, requiring employers to report any work-related injuries.

Therefore, any injuries or accidents that happen in your company can influence your business’ survival. On the other hand, the ever-advancing safety technologies are saving the situation.

Modern Safety Technology

There are various forms of modern and sophisticated technologies that offer improved safety at the workplace.

They perform roles such as safety training, monitoring, reporting, as well as compensation. There are three fantastic ways of improving workplace safety using technology.

Real-Time Data Technology

Most companies have workplaces, which are remote and risky. However, the management and employees can remain updated about their safety through communication and application tools that collect and generate real-time data.

Such communication technologies ensure that the workforce is able to obtain up-to-date safety status regularly. For instance, the apps can have a safety and health checklist, identify a hazard, record information, and take photos from a mobile device.

The report will aid investigation in case of an accident.

3D Visualization Technology

The software helps employees to understand their workplace environment in order to create images on the television and computer. The goal of this health and safety software is to ensure that employees have access to data.

The technology is accurate, since it provides a record of images from two different angles. Unlike ordinary security cameras, 3D visualization software has specific capabilities.

It can be zoomed in and out to a microscopic level or higher levels. However, the cost of implementing it is an obstacle in most companies.

Augmented Reality

The technology provides computer-generated data and images on a screen, which are similar to what is happening in real life. This can be accessed using tablets, phones, eyewear, or computers.

It is commonly used during training and helps trainees to see all the necessary data on how to use or fix equipment. The technology prevents workers from getting close to the equipment, which can endanger their lives if it fails.

Further, it would be dangerous for new hires that have little to no experience.

Others are drones and wearable technology.

Workplace Safety Training

Safety training is an essential aspect of human resource management function. Technology has improved how companies conduct their training and awareness programs.

One of the limitations of the implementation of technology in training at the workplace is the people’s attitudes. Some employees are reluctant to adopt new tools and methods. Tech companies are working hard to provide improved safety practices and training for employees. Thus, employers and employees should join these companies in their effort to provide safe working places.

E learning is now a method used in many businesses for delivering health and safety training, and it can increase staff engagement in health and safety processes, and most importantly allow your staff to retain more of the information that they need to in order to keep your businesses up to date in terms of health and safety requirements. ‘The benefits of health and safety software for your business are various,’ says David Rowland, the head of marketing Engage EHS. And he would know.

It is expected that companies can now provide their workforces with a safe working environment as a result of advanced safety technologies. They include real-time data technology, 3D visualization technology, augmented reality, drones, and wearable.

Tech companies are also working hard to improve training, since employees are reluctant when it comes to adopting new methods and tools.


Mudassar Hassan brings 8 years of experience in helping grass roots, mid-sized organizations and large institutions strengthen their management and resource generating capacities and effectively plan for the future. He is also a mentor and professional advisor to artists working in all disciplines. He is also the gold medalist from Abbottabad University of Science and Technology in the Bachelors of Sciences of Computer Science and recently Graduated from the University of Bolton with Masters in International Management.