Advanced robotics, high-speed data processing, 3d visualisations and now upcoming virtual reality has changed the way how industries are run today. We have seen great advancements in construction, oil and gas, mining and various other industries thanks to the technological advancements, like use of project management software and construction project bidding software etc., which has improved productivity, lowered the costs and enhanced safety.

With all these advancements we are not behind on innovation in workplace safety. There are numerous technological improvements today to keep the workers safe in hazardous environment.

PPE

The obvious area where we see a lot of development when it comes to workplace safety is personal protective equipment, or PPE. The industry standard is continuously improved by the innovations in areas such as eyewear, helmets, work boots etc.

Improvements in safety eyewear includes anti-scratch and anti-fog coatings on lenses. The eyewear Frames are also lighter, clearer, more flexible, and have reduced glare as well.

We have seen integration across PPE gear. Safety glasses are integrated with hard helmets to create comfortable solutions that fully protect workers and gives more impact protection.

Work boots used to be made of stiff leather with bulky steel toes to protect feet from being crushed or injured. But at the same time, they were heavy and uncomfortable. Today, with innovation in work boot industry workers wear comfortable steel toe boots that even protects better. Here’s a look at some highlights of advanced work boots:

  • The latest developments in nanotechnology include carbon fibre that allow for the creation of composite caps that are more comfortable and lighter than ever before
  • The latest advances in the manufacturing process allow for direct-inject PU midsoles to offer incredible comfort and durability
  • The upper area of the modern work boot has a range of features for performance and durability including special leather to prevent abrasions
  • As polymers continue to advance, ASTM-rated met guards can be built directly inside footwear to give the wearer a more comfortable and flexible fit without the bulk.

Drones

Workplace drones offer more than just a radio-controlled flying device used for novelty purposes. The cameras on drones allow them to enter dangerous manufacturing areas that would pose too much of a risk for humans. Drones are able to enter areas that are too hot or cold for humans for example. Drones are able to enter areas affected by radiation and chemical spills to bring back data necessary to correct the issue.

Drones can also deliver messages across a manufacturing facility. Not only does this help workers that are already in a hazardous situation, but they also warn other workers about the danger to prevent them being exposed to it.

3D Imaging

With the help of 3D imaging software technology employees are able to create 3D visualizations of their environment and engage better with their surroundings. This allows employees to see what is happening around them as well as what they are currently doing. This additional sensory information means they are less likely to become victims of accidents caused by falling objects and moving items. 3D images can also be recorded to research movements on the floor and improve worker safety.

Using technology to improve workplace health and safety is effective and important. There aren’t many better ways to use technology that improve worker safety and build a better world. Safety must always be key when men and machine work together in unison.

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.