Safety is crucial in manufacturing facilities: it protects workers from harm, ensures compliance with legal regulations, reduces costs, safeguards equipment and products, while simultaneously building trust with employees.
Technology developments such as wearable technology, drones and robots, safety apps, and virtual reality — have a major impact on improving facility safety. By using these technologies, manufacturing facilities reduce the risk of human error and improve overall efficiency and quality. However, technology is not a panacea and should be used in conjunction with other quality control measures and best practices.
In the last 10 years technology has become an essential tool in improving education and training related to manufacturing facility safety. Training is now more effective and engaging which helps workers retain safety knowledge and apply it effectively.
Implementing technology such as a Connected Workforce Solution will greatly develop your training needs. Interactive content such as video learning will greatly enhance your employee’s training experience. The modern workforce is multinational with many language requirements. Nvolve’s automated translations ensures knowledge is accessible in the Learner’s preferred language which is another major bonus for your training progressions having a positive knock-on effect on successful audits.
In addition to this, workers have access to safety training materials anytime and anywhere through tablets and mobile devices. This has a positive consequence as it allows them to learn at their own pace and at the most convenient time. These solutions can also track worker’s progress and provide feedback on areas that require improvement.
Technology is responsible for minimising human error in manufacturing by facilitating automated processes and enabling predictive maintenance.
Automating repetitive tasks will significantly reduce human error as machines execute repetitive tasks with accuracy and consistency. Machines like robots can take on dangerous tasks reducing the likelihood of human injury or mistakes.
Manufacturing plants also use sensors and data analysis tools to monitor equipment performance and detect potential issues before they cause a breakdown or safety hazzard.
Improved remote collaboration technologies such as video conferencing, manufacturing workers have the ability to remotely communicate with each other, their supervisors and the Health & Safety team.
Another benefit of remote collaboration technologies is they enable virtual inspections of manufacturing facilities. Identifying potential hazards or safety issues before they become a major issue.
Another brilliant example of remote collaboration technology are digital work instructions. With these, workers are provided with step-by-step instructions on operating machinery safely or performing tasks on the manufacturing site. They also insure everyone follows the same procedures reducing the risk of accidents or injuries.
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