Tech is Transforming Workplace Safety, How Will I Keep Up?

It seems like we’re always hearing the latest ways that emerging technology is going to change—or is already changing—how we work. It might be wearables, augmented reality, or another form of technology, but sometimes it can be a lot to take in.

Do you feel like it’s hard to keep up? We’re here to help.

First, we’ll recap a few of the ways that tech is impacting safety in the workplace. Second, we’ll provide a few reminders as you look to stay on top of workplace safety and the technology that supports it.

Modern Ways Tech is Improving Safety at Work

Here are a few of the top ways that tech is impacting workplace safety right now:

Actionable risk assessments

Risk assessments are one of the best ways to uncover risks in your workplace.

However, the part that can be problematic is how those risk assessments help you to reduce or eliminate the risks you find. That’s where technology (such as iReportSource) is assisting leaders in finding—and then acting on—those hazardous areas. Never before has this information been so accessible and actionable.

Monitoring of data

In the past, there wasn’t always a shortage of data, but the data safety leaders had wasn’t something they could act, that is unless they spent dozens and dozens of hours in spreadsheets.

By the time you compile, sort, and share the findings of any data, it may already be outdated or just irrelevant. Today’s tech is making safety data timely and relevant.

Better (safety) training

Tech helps to deliver more content-rich, personalized, and relevant training. The benefit is clear: when you provide training in a format that’s more efficient and more interactive, you set workers up for a better learning experience.

Proactively spotting risk

Predictive analytics gives leaders the way to proactively identify risk and to spot emerging trends. With more than “just” lagging indicators, we now have the tools to anticipate and forecast issues so that you can implement change before an incident or near-miss occurs. That’s exciting for any safety leader to hear!

Mitigating situations if the worst happens

If an incident calls for it, technology can help make sure that folks report the event efficiently and concisely.

Today, you can use tech to track incidents from entry to closure and capture details along the way to uncover the root cause. Not only does that helps to keep workers safer in the future, but it demonstrates the value of safety to the entire organization. That’s great for the bottom line and your culture.

Reducing cultural blind spots

Historically, safety metrics and how they connect with culture has been hard to measure.

Tech now lets you understand your existing safety culture and reinforce the positive aspects, bit by bit. That means tech can help you transform your employee experience while showing measurable ways you’ve improved safety, too.

Safety data that tech shows you can also help you reduce blind spots. Precisely, data-driven tech can guide you towards areas where you can continue to improve and grow. Which will help you reach overall safety goals, strengthen your highest risk areas, and it can help individuals meet their goals as well.

Adding accountability

Technology, when implemented the right way, can help you hold everyone accountable for safety. For example: are you able to track safety and health audits easily today? Moreover, what about staff training and standards?

Technology makes managing and holding people accountable for a simple process. Last, but not least: tech can also provide a foolproof, guided way for workers to report any incident or near-miss.

Take Advantage of Tech That Can Improve Safety

Knowing just how critical data-driven tools are for your safety program, here are four things you can do to stay on top of all the trends and begin to incorporate more innovative solutions into your organization:

1. Look for technology that reduces complexity, rather than adds to it. One of the best steps you can take is to decide whether or not technology is going to add unnecessary complexity to your program or not. You want an easy-to-use, agile, but also a comprehensive solution to improve safety.

Stay disciplined and use this as a bit of a litmus test for any technology you consider applying. After all, the right technology should make this more organized and streamlined, not more complex and complicated.

2. Attend industry events. Attending industry events if a great way to see what’s new, what’s trending, and you can hear directly from others on what emerging tech they are watching and which they are investing.

3. Continue to learn. Since technology changes quickly, make it a habit to consume content that tells you about how the world around us is changing and how to apply it in other industries and environments.

Subscribe to blogs, industry publications, and relevant podcasts so that information comes directly to you. You can even extend this to other industries so that you can see what they are doing, too.

4. Seek a platform that shows ROI. No matter what technology you investigate, research, or ultimately select, it should show you the return on your safety investments. Which could be related to costs avoided, at a minimum, but you should also have access to the short-term and long-term ROI, and the direct and indirect costs of injuries avoided.

Use Tech to Improve Your Safety Program

iReportSource is a cost-effective, all-in-one, a better way to find, report, and fix hazards in the workplace. iReportSource gives you agile, real-time insights so you can maintain, promote, and improve safety best practices in your company.

Collection and visibility to your crucial safety data have never been more accessible, or more actionable. Learn more today.

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