Safety in the Workplace in a Digital Age

September 6, 2017 - By 
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Are you one of the many Americans who work on a computer all day?

Or is your factory constantly being inundated with the latest technology?

There’s no way around it. Technology is creeping its way into all aspects of our lives.

It’s not only changing the way we work, but also the way we view safety in the workplace.

We must acknowledge how technology is affecting our safety both positively and negatively, and how we can work with it to improve our lives.

How Technology is Affecting Safety in the Workplace for Office Workers

Advances in technology are changing the safety of offices around the world.

With advanced security systems, businesses can reliably lock down their assets when they close for the night. Cyber security systems help businesses secure their intangible assets like computer files and data.

High-tech cameras positioned around workplaces can detect intruders and potential threats before they even enter the building.

Technology has given us high-tech metal detectors that can find weapons that anyone is trying to bring into the workplace.

How Technology is Affecting Industrial Job Safety

Another way technology is making workplaces safer is through improved PPE, or personal protective equipment.

Safety goggles, hard hats, and other forms of PPE are becoming more advanced and user-friendly thanks to technological improvements.

The Negative Effects of Technology in the Work Place

Of course, as with all good things, there are some negative side effects.

Technology has transitioned the work force away from more physical jobs to sedentary ones in front of a computer.

While sitting indoors at a desk may seem safer than doing physical work outside, it doesn’t end up that way as humans weren’t made to sit down for 8 hours a day.

Many American’s spend 40 hours a week sitting at a desk in front of a computer.

This sedentary lifestyle can lead to a slew of negative side effects such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

A staggering 33% of the population in the US is predicted to have diabetes by the year 2050.

Technology has changed the way we work and made us slaves to our screens.

Staring at a screen all day can also have a negative effect on worker’s eyesight. Research shows that 50-90% of people who work on a computer screen all day show symptoms of computer vision syndrome.

How to Deal With Technological Changes

It is important that people learn to adapt to this swiftly changing technological age.

In industrial settings, employees should be well briefed on new technology before trying to work it themselves. Especially when dealing with new machinery that could be dangerous.

Employees can also go through online safety courses like online OSHA training.

There are safety programs available online for all industries that can help reduce liabilities and improve safety in the workplace.

Technology Marches On

While there is no stopping technology from innovating the way workplaces operate, we do have choices as to how gracefully we accept and adapt to those changes.

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