As of December 13, 2020, approximately 9.9 million jobs, from 1.2 million different employers were furloughed in the UK as part of the government’s job retention scheme., due to COVID19. It is estimated the UK government spent 35.4 billion British pounds on the scheme, which is expected to rise to over 80 billion by the time the scheme stops. As you can imagine, with the scheme stopping at the end of October, many employees are going back to work. With COVID19 still circulating the globe, it is important that workplace environments are as safe as possible. Within this article I will discuss how electronics are keeping workplaces safe from the virus along with monitoring the place of work.
Within the last few years, wearable devices have been a hit. With over 67.7 million wrist wearable shipments predicted in 2020, and the number of connected wearable devices to grow to over 1.1 billion in 2022 (according to Statista), the future of wearable electronics is endless. Wearable devices are a great way to monitor employee’s health and construct healthcare plans. For example, some employees offer perks to a job, such as free healthcare schemes which could be a bonus to the employees. Wearable devices are a great way to monitor someone’s daily movement pattern, blood pressure, exercise regimes and productivity.
Surveillance Drones / Cameras
Drones are capable of highly advanced surveillance; thanks to the fact they can reach astonishing heights and travel at high speeds. Drones are already used by law enforcement and can carry various types of equipment such as heat sensors, infrared cameras, and even bulky cargo. Drones and cameras situated around the workplace are great to inspect potentially hazardous areas. The benefits of drones / cameras in the workplace are they do not need to take breaks or a wage like humans do.
Health and Safety Management Software
H&S management software in the workplace is a great way to share important information and increase employee engagement across the workplace. Not only this, but risk analysing plans to record workplace-related accidents are a great way to prevent potentially hazardous situations. Most H&S management software’s are app based and are easy to report hazardous observations, regardless of the location.
The Internet of things is known as the network of physical objects that are embedded with software, sensors, and other technologies for the purpose of connecting data with other devices inside the internet. IoT in the workplace is a great way to connect the workforce. Not only this, IoT has many financial benefits such as monitoring equipment malfunctions, potentially saving thousands of pounds, along with keeping the workplace safe. For example, if an industrial machine had a malfunction whereby it was considered dangerous for the employees to use, the IoT software would alert staff, potentially saving an injury. IoT technology keeps the workplace safe by predictive maintenance. The main idea is the software will detect any structural failures in the connected devices, making corrective measures.
By Amy Leary, Marketing Manager at eBOM.com