To effectively enhance worker’s health and safety processes, it’s necessary to be continually improving the resources available to them. In particularly dangerous industries such as construction, mining and manufacturing, improving health and safety should be one of your company’s main priorities in order to minimise the risk of injuries and deaths.
In recent years, we have seen a positive development in technology, equipment and processes so we have chosen our top five to share with you.
- Protective Clothing & Safety Gear
With constant advances in machinery and equipment, it’s essential for safety gear and protective clothing to also be advancing. One of our favourite innovations in safety gear is the SmartCap, which is a sensor-rigged PPE helmet which identifies common signs of fatigue and monitors alertness to cut down the common distraction-related incident.
Another one of our favourites are cut-resistant gloves, these have been designed to protect the wearer’s hand from cuts and wounds when they are working with sharp tools.
- Simulators and Virtual Reality (VR)
Simulators and VR are a great way to train employees on how to react in an emergency situation. Even though stimulators have been around for a while for pilot training or training doctors, recent technology has allowed them to feel even more realistic, giving employees a better understanding.
This solution is especially good for industries such as mining, as it allows candidates to experience confined space without having to go underground which can be risky even during training.
- Smartphone Apps
Smartphone apps have become a great tool for workers, including features like incident reporting, status reports, emergency alerts and GPS tracking etc. Apps are a great solution for improving safety as they can help establish what can be improved as well as being able to quickly respond to any accidents or emergencies due to reporting features. For example, if a lone worker was ever to get in any trouble, they can alert colleagues or their employer that they need help quickly on the app and then alerts can be saved to try and prevent accidents in the future.
One of our favourite apps on the market is the StaySafe app, which is used to help protect and keep lone workers safe. The app and online hub are incredibly user-friendly so that they are quick and easy to use and is designed not to waste time during your working day. Its features include a panic button, ‘man down’ feature which works by alerting someone if a worker hasn’t moved in a while, employee check-in, GPS tracking and discreet panic system.
- 3D & 4D design
Advances in computer technology have allowed for 3D and 4D models which can be used to test procedures virtually before they are completed in real-life. This help understand and identify any risks that may not have been previously identified as well as giving workers a better understanding of how procedures should be carried out, this can help reduce the number of accidents.
In the construction industry, drones have been a great tool for surveying a site, inspecting structures that are under construction and monitoring work to ensure workers are staying safe and following health and safety procedures. They are great for quickly identifying risk areas with potential hazards as well as any changing conditions which could be a potential hazard.
A drone can also be sent into a confined space or a hard-to-reach area to take a look at something without someone physically looking which could put them in danger.
This article was written by Becky Morris, on behalf of Mineco, who is an international group focused on the natural resources sector. They were established in 2003 and operate in three key areas: base metal mining, commodities trading and the smelting & refining of metals.