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5 Easy Technology Tips to Improve Safety in the Workplace

Technology and Safety in the Workplace
  • It’s no secret that new and emerging technology is playing a major role in how we operate in the modern workplace.  In this post, we’re sharing some easy tips on how to use technology to improve safety in the workplace, which can help to minimize injuries and fatalities.

    1. Setup your emergency medical ID.

    Setting up your medical ID on your cell phone has to be one of the easiest things you can do to share personal medical information in the event of an emergency.  We have personally seen incidents where workers have had unexpected seizures and medical incidents, and the medical ID has played a key role in sharing vital medical information.

    The medical ID on your phone allows emergency medical responders to view your personal information, birthday, medical conditions, medications, allergies and reactions, blood type, organ donor status, and emergency contact information, all without having to unlock your phone.

    To setup your emergency medical ID on your iPhone, follow these steps:

    1. Go to Settings.
    2. Go to Health.
    3. Select Medical ID.
    4. Click Edit.
    5. Enter your personal medical information as desired.
    6. Ensure “Show When Locked” is turned on.
    7. Click Done.

    Currently the medical ID function is only built into iPhones.  However, if you have an Android phone, you can download the free Medical ID app and setup your medical information in the same way.

    2. Download a workplace safety app.

    There’s an abundance of apps available for download to provide workplace safety information and quick solutions for common safety issues. Some of the apps are free and others are paid.  Consider investing in a paid app if it is likely to save you or your workers time.  Here’s a few of the top workplace safety technology apps:

    • OSHA Safety Regulations Audit
      • An app that lets workers easily search for all OSHA standards as well as track issues to ensure compliance.
      • Download here: iPhone | Android
    • OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool
      • An app that calculates a realtime heat index based on the GPS location and displays a risk level for outdoor workers trying to keep cool. It also provides reminders about protective measures workers should take to avoid heat-related illnesses.
      • Download here: iPhone | Android
    • NIOSH Ladder Safety
      • An app designed for those working in construction, landscaping, or any other job involving ladders and provides interactive tools for angle measuring, selection, inspection, proper use and accessories.
      • Download here: iPhone | Android
    • NIOSH Mobile Pocket Guide
      • An app that provides a resource of general industrial hygiene information for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals, which helps users to recognize and control occupational chemical hazards.
      • Download here: iPhone | Android

    3. Introduce wearable technology.

    Wearable technology is beginning to emerge in the construction industry to improve data collection and keep employees safe.  Workplace safety wearables in the construction industry can be a bluetooth-enabled device that can be attached to personal protective equipment (PPE) like safety vests, hard hats, and safety glasses.

    These devices can help to detect hazardous conditions, analyze biometrics, and track GPS locations.  Smart glasses can even record video in real time. Consider introducing wearable technology in your company, even if it’s just starting with something small, to begin taking advantage of the available technology to enhance employee safety in the workplace.

    4. Utilize online and virtual training.

    Most of us have become all too familiar with online meetings and Zoom sessions during the past year.  Virtual meeting platforms have been a critical resource during the pandemic to keep employees connected.  Moving forward, we expect online and virtual trainings to continue to be utilized to improve safety in the workplace.

    In fact, Safety International has completed numerous online safety training sessions for our clients, which allows workers to stay up to date with training materials and maintain required certifications.  The ease of use and ability to share recorded sessions allows flexibility for scheduling and viewing.

    5. Go paperless.

    Technology is allowing more and more companies to go paperless and transition to digital recordkeeping.  Using mobile technology such as iPads and downloadable apps directly on the job site is now a much easier way to collect data, perform inspections, and manage safety checklists. If you haven’t done so already, consider introducing digital technology in lieu of paperwork to improve efficiency and productivity in the workplace.

    In addition, incident management software and mobile apps are also available for workers to easily record incidents on the job site as soon as they occur.  Some of these apps even allow the use of photos, videos, and voice-to-text features, which enhances the accuracy of the report and allows for greater detail.  This data can then be used to generate and maintain the required reporting documents.

    I hope these technology tips are quick and easy to implement to improve safety in the workplace.  If you have any questions about workplace safety, feel free to contact us today.

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