Keeping Workers Safe in Real Time
The benefits of a connected workplace
Technology impacts our lives and connects us in more ways than we could have ever imagined, whether at home, at work or in our daily routines. We track our steps, measure our heart rates and monitor our sleep. Smartphone apps allow us to quickly find a ride service. We can download any bestseller onto our tablets in minutes. At home, we have smart devices that turn on our lights, give us messages or play favorite songs at the sound of our voices.
On a professional level, building a similarly connected workforce is a critical component of worker safety, particularly in the waste management industry where safety risks are often higher. The University of Illinois School of Public Health completed a study showing that workers in the recycling field are more than twice as likely to be injured on the job as the average worker. Reports also show that fatalities among waste management workers are also higher than other industries.
While many industries embrace a connected landscape, workplace safety is an area which has received less attention when it comes to a digital transformation. But Although many industries are also embracing a “connected” landscape, one area that has been slower to embrace this digital transformation is workplace safety. Although a connected, digital safety strategy often seems like a time-intensive endeavor, new technologies are improving site safety by offering real, measurable results in a much shorter time. In fact, the latest innovations in SMART personal protective equipment (PPE) offer options that can have tremendous impact. And in the field of waste management, technological advances which have had a positive effect on safety include GPS tracking and inspection systems as well as high-definition camera systems, with removable storage, that record data.
To read the rest of the article, visit Recycling Magazine here.