Improving worker safety in manufacturing with the internet of things (IoT)
A study reveals 83% of manufacturing leaders see increased productivity from safety programs. Improving worker safety with IoT in manufacturing is one of the best ways manufacturing companies can deal with safety concerns and risks.
- Manufacturers can implant sensors into machinery. These sensors will collect data on the working condition of machines. If any machine is likely to breakdown or function inappropriately in a way that can pose a threat to employees, the information will be sent to technical inspectors. The officers can take immediate measures, saving a lot of lives.
- Providing workers with wearables can be one of the best ways to ensure their health and safety in the workplace. Wearables with sensors can track temperature changes, humidity levels, harmful gases, chemical exposure, and also noise levels. Wearables also can gauge health parameters of workers like blood pressure variations, stress levels, and other data related to their well-being. Data on early signs of health problems can be sent to the health and safety managers almost instantaneously where appropriate precautionary measures can then be taken. This way, the safety of employees working in remote locations can be assured.
- During a disaster, IoT can be of great help in ensuring speedy rescue operations. Sensors embedded almost everywhere will collect the data from the working site in real-time. This data can be used by the rescue team to strategize and conduct rescue and recovery operations on time. And on-time rescue and recovery operations translate into higher chances of saving the lives of more workers.
With IoT coming into the picture, manufacturing firms will witness improved workplace visibility. Being able to track every detail of the work environment will enable the manufacturing companies to minimize accident rates, accelerate emergency response rates, and reduce expenditure on worker compensation and OSHA penalties.