Do you already know how IoT can help you in the prevention of occupational hazards in your company?

Date 8/01/2020
Category IoT

Occupational Risk Prevention (ORP) is a fundamental aspect in the day-to-day business of companies. However, despite the continuous technological advances in many other business areas, this is still done in the traditional way and does not take into account the infinite possibilities that technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) can offer.

The IoT makes it possible to collect data through the use of integrated sensors and send them to the network for analysis, which undoubtedly gives rise to many functionalities that facilitate decision making in the business environment, saving resources and gaining in comfort and safety.

In fact, implementing IoT to help prevention services (both own and external) in the preventive management of occupational risks, can contribute to reducing accidents and ultimately improve the conditions of workers in their jobs.

If we apply this technology to ORP, we will be able to have at our disposal an enormously valuable tool that allows us to analyse and identify situations in real time that put workers at risk and to avoid future occupational accidents by adopting the appropriate preventive measures at the precise moment when they are required.

In short, IoT devices can be of great help and value to companies' prevention technicians, allowing them to remotely control occupational risks such as thermal stress due to cold or heat and thus carry out the appropriate preventive tasks at key real moments, avoiding extreme situations of heat stroke, frostbite or other symptoms. The extracted data can go directly to the cloud, specifically to a platform where the thermal stress of each worker in each position evaluated is visualized in real time and which launches alerts when the evaluated indices are close to the established limits.

In addition, the IoT allows numerous other possibilities not only in terms of assessing occupational risks, but, for example, in the adoption of preventive measures to prevent and avoid certain situations of risk to the health of workers. For example, we find from bracelets that take biometric data from the person being evaluated and can send them to a platform from where ORP technicians can see the status of each worker to sensors that measure decibels to control occupational risk by noise, accelerometers to detect risks by vibration, sensors that measure the concentration of specific particles in the air to detect leaks of elements, etc.

We see then how the possibilities of the IOT as a tool to facilitate preventive work in the company are multiple, which raises a wide field of action in which it is worth focusing research and application efforts to contribute in a simple and effective way to improve the health and safety conditions of workers.




Laura Ramos