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.
Regardless of where you work and how many employees the company has, the environment almost certainly has visual cues that help people spot and avoid dangerous things. That's because OSHA provides approved colors to use around workplaces to designate hazards. Learning about them could help you bring more visual organization to an area and keep workers safer.
Safety professionals know how it's necessary to take an all-encompassing look at how to keep workers productive and out of harm's way.
For example, those employees might need personal protective equipment, but they also require training that teaches them how to do their jobs without encountering unnecessarily dangerous situations.
In short, overlooking one aspect of worker safety could make all the other components of a program useless.
Occupational health and safety professionals may not immediately see the link between employee engagement and safety, but it exists. If an employee doesn't feel engaged with their work, they also may not be sufficiently motivated to stay safe.
Here's a look at why safer employers are engaged workers and vice versa.
An employee of a Philadelphia company had his leg amputated after it was run over – twice – by a forklift driven by a fellow employee. That July 2015 incident resulted in lawsuits against several companies and ultimately, in a $9 million settlement.
Here are four things you can learn from that incident.
Since January 2018, people who work at General Motors (GM) are not allowed to use their smartphones while walking.
That rule extends to employees with office jobs, as well as those in the company's factories. Here are four things we can learn from that approach.
1. A single behavior change has substantial effects
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.