The digital age has changed the way we socialize, communicate and do business. So it’s unsurprising that digital tools are changing the way we address workplace safety, as well.
Here are just a few ways workplace safety has shifted due to advancements made in digital technologies.
1. Improved Screening
From more sensitive metal detectors to employee information encoded on computer chips embedded in badges and other credentials, screening those who enter workplaces has become quicker and more effective thanks to digital technologies.
When combined with artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML), these tools can even deduce patterns from employees’ and visitors’ movements throughout the day. They can also determine which deviations are likely part of ordinary work and which indicate that security has been compromised in some way.
2. Better Communication
Digital tools make it easier to identify safety concerns and to communicate them in real time to team members who can fix them. For instance, smart sensors can spot potential fire or flood risks and alert technicians before damage occurs.
With improved communication, workplace teams are better able to identify and address potential safety risks, increasing the chances that they will intervene before an injury or loss occurs.
3. 3D Visualization
In the past, problems with a build were most often spotted after the work of making the finished item had already taken place. Whether the object in question was a small motor or a massive building, spotting safety and security issues often had to be left until after the build work was finished. This order of operations not only resulted in wasted funds, but also caused more accidents and injuries.
Today, the use of 3D visualization tools allows the team to see the finished product before they’ve committed it to its final, physical form. Team members can more easily spot places that could result in safety issues and fix them in the design phase, preventing a wide range of potential mishaps.
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