Kayla Matthews writes about robotics, safety and the future of work for publications like Robotics Business Tomorrow, The Week and Manufacturing.net. To read articles from Kayla on other tech topics, please visit her blog, Productivity Bytes.
Workplace discrimination happens when employers treat employees differently due to factors like their race, age, gender or sexual orientation.
There are federal laws against such treatment in the United States, but it still happens. And, many people initially feel surprised after learning of the link between workplace discrimination and reduced employee safety.
Compressed air is integral in nearly every industry, from powering tools and providing pressure for robotic assembly arms to inflating tires and even cleaning off dusty surfaces.
Companies might offer training on how to use compressed air and its related tools, but does any of this include how to use them safely? Why should companies offer compressed air safety training, and what negative repercussions could they face for not providing it?
The condition of the equipment that employees use or operate in an industrial setting can directly affect a company's productivity.
It can also put workers' safety at risk. Here are six things that should factor into any decision about equipment replacement timelines.
Now is the time for occupational safety professionals to check that the safety and hygiene practices in place at their workplaces are compliant with regulatory bodies — like OSHA — and will safeguard workers' wellbeing.
Data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that workplace accidents show a prolonged downward trend, but that's no reason to get complacent.
The industrial internet of things (IIoT) has significantly impacted safety for workers and entire companies, and many results are undoubtedly positive.
However, since IIoT devices connect to the internet, organizations must follow cybersecurity best practices to ensure cybercriminals don't infiltrate systems and cause dangerous malfunctions.
Robots are becoming increasingly popular in workplaces around the globe, especially cobots, the machines designed to work next to humans. But when considering implementing any technology, it's essential to keep safety at the forefront.
What possibilities exist for robots malfunctioning and hurting people or otherwise compromising worker well-being?