The benefits of occupational risk prevention (ORP) have been applied in biology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, big data and in these branches has shown on several occasions that the appropriate use of new technologies can improve the health of workers, provide solutions that benefit the environment and can even find new business opportunities for entrepreneurs.
The population increase every year is exponential, every day there are less areas to live in the cities because everything is concentrated in them, if you do not think that this happens, think about the time you invest when you go to work. There are too many people wanting to be in the same spaces. If we talk about companies, the same thing happens: every day there are more and within them there are so many worker profiles that they have to evolve quickly to ensure the safety of all their employees through new technologies applied to the prevention of occupational hazards or ORP by its acronym.
The dominance of technology in today’s business environment dramatically increases opportunities for organizations to leverage new data flows to improve performance and results. It is estimated that by the end of 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices sharing 40 trillion gigabytes of data, according to Oxford Economics.
As technology benefits evolve, new ways and methods of working are emerging that employers have implemented, from the simplest to the most innovative advances, all with the well-being of workers in mind.
The use of software, apps, specialized PRL portals, games, and training platforms are tools that have been developed in recent years by and for a system of prevention of occupational risks, making the processes of communication, training or access to information more efficient.
5 NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOCUSED ON RISK PREVENTION
1. Mobile devices
Tablets or smartphones evolve their own market in a vertiginous way and help companies every day to have an efficient control over data and processes related to risk prevention within their own organization.
What have they improved?
The way to monitor risks effectively and quickly.
The creation of observations in an instantaneous and simple way.
Photo and video evidence from the same device.
Making, sending and receiving reports to take action in real time.
Risk alerts or risk reception.
These innovative devices have become relevant because their applications in the prevention of occupational hazards helps in the monitoring of dangerous areas, collaborates in the transportation of materials in areas of difficult access.
Its main contribution?
Reducing the participation of men and women in tasks where their health and well-being may be affected.
3. Digital platforms
Used with an informative purpose for all the collaborators of companies, they help not to be subject to a space and schedule to be able to share information.
The creation of a more intimate bond between an employee and his employer to encourage two-way communication by generating a corporate culture that is constantly fed by his collaborators.
Tool used to teach in practice, but eliminating risks as much as possible; the improvement of skills with the decrease of human errors, has in consequence, the increase of the decrease of labor risks.
What should be taken into account?
The production and preparation time to develop a simulator that works perfectly is long, but it is worth having trained personnel without risking their integrity.
5. Big Data
The analysis of data in a predictive way leads to the prevention of occupational risks, since it accelerates many steps to dictate a result. It also makes it possible to examine the status of a company in this area.
How will it help?
The Big Data allows to know the current state of the organizations. It allows us to examine the health and safety actions carried out, if they are correct or if they should be improved.
WHAT IS COMING FOR INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PROFESSIONALS?
Never have companies been able to take advantage of so much data to improve their processes. Companies that effectively leverage this data to reduce incidents and increase safety compliance, increase productivity and efficiency, and achieve sustainable growth through new and improved products are in a unique position to increase their overall performance.
Companies that effectively leverage this data to reduce incidents and increase safety compliance, increase productivity and efficiency, and achieve sustainable growth through new and improved products are in a unique position to increase their overall performance.
That is why the ideal professional profile for ORP must be clear about the best techniques in ORP using their most literal term: «prevention». This is not to say that they should master everything we talk about, but they should have the knowledge of experts and key agents in the field, they should disseminate their own success stories, as well as publicize the results of other companies.