How Technology is Improving Safety Equipment


Technology continues to improve safety equipment keeping employees safer and, in some cases, removing them from danger entirely. Improvements to eye and hand protection have made it easier for workers to complete projects seamlessly. Improvements to machinery allow them to operate without a driver physically in the seat. They operate via remote control using wireless systems to operate their electronic systems.

Protective Eyewear

Technological improvements to protective eyewear have positively impacted employee productivity and safety. The latest pairs of safety eyeglasses feature enhancements that track biometrics, enable voice and video calls and a small visual display capable of scanning barcodes. Use of these technologies does require training and processes for distraction management. Tech Funnel says that other improvements in eyewear include anti-fog and anti-scratch coatings, as well as improved clarity lenses with reduced glare.

Protective Hand Gear

According to Creative Safety Supply, technological advances to safety gloves have improved dexterity and allow users to utilize touchscreen devices while being worn. The enhanced precision these gloves allow encourages workers to wear them all the time since they do not have to remove them to do finite work.

Other glove designs improved the ability to protect the wearer from chemicals or enhanced the durability in other ways. Material improvements have resulted in enhanced dexterity. Better latex keeps dangerous fluids from piercing the protective layer to better protect those in the medical fields from bodily fluid contamination.

Remote Controlled Machines and Vehicles

One enhancement has completely removed the worker from the field. The development of remote controls to operate vehicles and heavy machinery has increased worker safety. The technologies include drone technology, remote control vehicles, and robotics. In particular, using a drone can mitigate risks by having machinery survey and build in unsafe areas. As DroneRush points out, commercial drone can be used to check progress on job sites, inspect infrastructure, survey environmentally hazardous locations, map worksites, perform search and rescue, and much more.

The approximately 115,000 robots operating in US businesses complete repetitive tasks that would injure a human. They also conduct operations that would be impossible for a human, like micro applications. Remote controlled vehicles besides drones also benefit employee safety and costs. Vehicles operated remotely require less fuel. They have been integrated into operations for mining and highway construction already.

You can improve your company’s bottom line, productivity, and safety by integrating the latest safety devices into your workplace activities and operations. All of these technically advanced safety equipment makes for safer construction, mining and environmental service industries. Stay up-to-date on the latest safety equipment, so you can keep your workers out of harm’s way.

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