Health and safety as a professional field has evolved
heavily since its early inception in the twentieth century. Modern technology
and new schools of thinking are constantly being adopted in the industry. This
increased development is set to continue in 2020 with plenty of new practices
being adopted into health and safety. Here are some of the latest breakthroughs
that are set to improve the safety record of companies around the globe.
- Increased AR and VR in training and general work
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are still in the
early stages of their development and adoption, however, in 2020 it is
predicted that their use will go up. Current applications include providing
workers with an ‘augmented headset’ that guides them through their work and
reduces the chances of mistakes and incidents occurring.
More virtual reality is also being used to better train
employees. Giving them a visual representation of situations that might occur
in the future will help bridge the gap between training and real experience.
integration between mobiles and health and safety procedures
With more an employees being increasingly connected to
their phones, many industries have started to release app-based technology that
can take on more of the administrative work in health and safety.
The modern construction site now has a variety of different
that site workers use to log that certain health and safety checks have been
made and inspections carried out. This trend is likely to continue in 2020 with
more time being freed up to perform more value-adding work to a businesses
health and safety.
focus on health and wellbeing through new policies
In addition to technological improvements in health and
safety more is now being done to safeguard employee health and wellbeing, and
we predict this trend to carry on in 2020. More and more health and safety
conferences are incorporating wellbeing as one of their key topic points and
more policies are being introduced to promote good health and wellbeing in the
workplace. This includes the growing presence of mental health first aiders,
and wellbeing facilitating policies like cycle to work schemes and
robot integration in routine tasks
As software develops
more of the routine admin work in health and safety is set to be done by
computers and machines in 2020. This is will benefit organisations who’s health
and safety staff will be able to devote their time to more activities that will
improve their company’s health and safety record.
Staying up to date on the latest trends will keep your
2020 is set to be an important year from a health and
safety perspective with more companies adopting helpful technologies and developing
policies that better protect their workforce. Staying up to date on
the latest developments in health and safety is going to be important both from a compliance and
competitiveness point of view.