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The future of health and safety in the workplace

It’s undeniable that work forms a vital part of our lives. Most of us spend a third of their adult life at work, after all. At the same time, the world or work is undergoing some major and rapid change.

Powerful trends from the changes in technology (increased automation and robotics) to a level of political uncertainty, has had a huge impact on the way we work.

In workplaces around the world, work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses are responsible for 2.3 million deaths per year, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). That’s not to mention all of the people who are left with poor health or incapacitated by injury because of work.

I’ve spoken to a number of businesses and gauged an idea of the challenges health and safety professionals face. I think there’s a real opportunity for us to enhance current health and safety protocols.

In order to be truly effective, businesses have to keep evolving. It’s easy to assume that because your current health and safety plan is keeping people safe, that it must be effective. Planning for the future is an integral part of our roles, and the future involves technology.

The IOSH’s Work 2022 research noted that bolstering security is one of the key ways businesses can get ahead of the ever-changing world of work.

Security is a bigger factor than ever and, in a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on their mobile phones, security-based apps are a vital way to get ahead.

Forward-thinking organisations are noticing the need for their employees to feel secure at work. Lone workers will no longer accept taking on jobs whereby they have no means of security to back them up – especially when they know that technology is available.

I think that presents an opportunity to businesses. Using security based technology isn’t just about health and safety protocol, it’s about responding to a clear change in the way employees want to work and giving your staff the means to go about their job safely.

Raphael Polt

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