What do drones have to do with health and safety?

By Michael Selinger on August 24th, 2017
  1. Safety Management
  2. Health & Safety Training

At a recent breakfast seminar co-hosted by SafeWork NSW, WorkSafe ACT and the Safety Institute of Australia, participants discussed the introduction and embedding of technologies such as apps, social media, drones and computer simulation to enhance work health and safety.

WorkSafe ACT gave some examples of where social media and video have been effectively used as a medium to spread and share safety messages and information throughout the ACT in an engaging and relatable way.

And that’s one of the key benefits of utilising new technology – it greatly opens up the access and likely retention of safety information. For example, through the development of virtual reality and augmented reality, it is possible to utilise sophisticated and accessible ‘real life’ interactive training for workers. This type of software goes one step further than the passive viewing of video content.

SafeWork NSW encouraged businesses to review how they utilise technology and stated that a simple first step could be downloading the SafeWork NSW ‘Safe’app for phones or tablets and getting staff to watch the content.

There was also focus on apps becoming increasingly important in assisting to monitor safety for workers who undertake activities alone or in a remote location. The regulators have noted the importance of apps being able to also assist in identifying who is present on a site at any given time through the use of automatic log-ins.

And the emergence of drone technology is starting to be used for investigations, particularly where visibility and access may be difficult or unsafe for the investigator.

Track contractor safety performance

Most software available today can help your business with the main parts of your WHS Management System, such as incident reporting and investigation, audits, training, consultation and injury management. And in the area of contractor management, you can use new technology to undertake pre-qualification checks, collect insurance and licence data, perform online inductions and track contractor safety performance.

As technology and its uses continue to develop over time, it is important that you stop and assess what technology exists now that you can immediately implement to assist improve safety or, what is being developed that you could look to incorporate in the new future.

The field of workplace health and safety is always changing. Keeping up with amendments to legislation, new ‘rules and requirements’ can be a daunting task. That’s why you need a copy of the Health & Safety Handbook.

Written in plain English by the health and safety legal experts at Holding Redlich (of which today’s bulletin author, Michael Selinger, is the Editor-in-Chief) the Handbook has more than 70 chapters covering all aspects of workers’ health and safety.

In the forthcoming update of the Handbook, Michael is introducing a chapter on how to choose the right technology to help simplify your business while at the same time aiding in keeping your workers safe and meeting your health and safety legal obligations.

Put the Health & Safety Handbook to work at your business on an obligation-free trial. You’ll quickly see that it’s worth it.

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