Health and safety at work: The benefits of technology - Palmers Solicitors

Health and safety at work: The benefits of technology

Health and safety at work: The benefits of technology

All employers have a legal duty of care when it comes to the health and safety of their employees.

Therefore, it is important to think about your health and safety policies as often as possible, along with what you can do to enhance them.

As World Day for Health and Safety at Work highlighted on 28 April, businesses must adapt to the expectations of new generations entering workforces across the country.

So, where does technology come into this?

Better visibility

Employing digital tools can help boost visibility and productivity, both of which are essential for growth and success.

For instance, a virtual platform that allows employees to report and record incidents, request assistance, and notify those who need to know about the problem could be highly beneficial.

The use of technology will also help track the journey to resolution by leaving a data trail.

Not only will incidents be seen and dealt with promptly, but employers will be able to assess and develop their health and safety protocols to avoid problems in the future.

Innovative PPE

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has come a long way in recent years.

These days, it is no longer just about helmets and high-vis clothing, but also technology and digital equipment.

Smart PPE comprises wrist bands to observe vital signals and environmental factors, anti-dozing collars for drivers, and location devices that send out alert calls in the event of risk or harm.

These wearable pieces of equipment are highly advantageous, connecting to the internet or Bluetooth to collect data and deliver safety information.

Portable health and safety training

Firms are using Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology to train their staff much more frequently than they have done previously.

To onboard workers remotely and rapidly, as well as retain current talent, training should be accessible and digestible.

If employees can access training on devices such as a smartphone, they can easily consume the information and return to it whenever and wherever they choose.

Employers must stay ahead of the curve as much as possible, keeping on top of health and safety as a top priority, and ensuring potential legal disputes are avoided.

Jeremy Sirrell, a Director at Palmers and a Health and Safety advisor, said: “Ensuring you have the right tools in place for your employees to remain safe in the workplace is vital, and keeping them updated is necessary.

If you need help looking over your current policies to see what might need amending and revising, get specialist advice at the earliest convenience.”

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