What Health and Safety Trends Can We Expect to See in 2021?
There is no doubt that 2020 was a hugely difficult year for the health & safety sector, but what does 2021 hold in store? Could some of the challenges that we came across in the last year help to make the next year a little easier to manage?
A More Personalised Approach
The days of a one-size-fits-all approach to health and safety seem to be over. It has become clear that a personalised approach is needed to help deal with different roles, risks and other factors that vary from one person to another.
This could be achieved using emerging technology that lets companies receive feedback from individual workers using scanners and other devices. In this way, it will be possible to see when there is some form of risk to manage, such as when working at height or in extreme weather conditions.
Everyone to Take Control of Their Own Safety
The use of a centralised Health and Safety department may also be under threat, as it becomes increasingly easier for everyone to take control of their own situation at all times. Mobile apps are leading the way in this case, as they allow workers to check the latest updates as well as report incidents immediately and directly.
This de-centralised approach could help to remove a lot of the paperwork and time involved in health and safety issues, as each worker will be able to take control of their own training and incident reporting without it taking up too much of their day.
The Advances with Automation and Robots
Many people fear the arrival of robots as being something that will take away jobs from humans. While this could be the case to some degree, it is also likely that we see increasing levels of automation provide benefits in areas such as health and safety.
Robot-assisted exoskeletons are already used in some industries, notably in warehouses and in manufacturing areas. This is just one of the ways in which cutting-edge technology can be used to let us carry out our jobs in a safer environment for example for someone who is working at height or in the manufacturing process of CE accredited fabrications.
More Protection for Older Workers
As the workforce gets older in many parts of the world, there is a need to protect those workers whose experience and knowledge is necessary but whose physical capability has become more limited. It is well-known that older workers are more at risk of serious injuries at work, but finding a way to counter this has always been a problem.
Yet, some of the advances we have looked at already in terms of technology and a personalised approach could be perfect for looking after a company’s more senior workers. This could help to lower the injury rate and fatality numbers for older workers.
All these possible changes should help to make 2021 a year in which the health and safety industry moves forward to deal with new challenges.