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Nov 28, 2019
By Mashable Brand X By Mashable Brand X Sponsored by RSEA In the space of just 12 months, workplace injury and fatality rates in Australia dropped almost 20% between 2017 in 2018. And while this year is set to reveal an even lower number, we still have a ways to go to ensure the safety and security of workers throughout the country. Thankfully, a number of nifty and innovative tech solutions are making it easier than ever to ensure effective workplace health and safety solutions are accessible to everyone, each and every day. Dress the part The best defence is a good offence – or a good outfit in this instance. Not only does safety workwear serve as the first line of defence against injury and contamination on any job site, it helps ensure workers are comfortable and protected at the same time. Manufacturers of all types of work attire, from uniforms to accessories, are currently investing millions of dollars into researching and developing the most resilient and ‘smart’ fabrics possible. These include materials like Tencel, which uses eucalyptus pulp or wood-based fibrous material to strengthen clothes and ensure they’re more resistant to the dangers of industrial environments. Fabrics like OKEO-TEX are even tested against hazardous chemicals that can often (and unpredictably) leak, spill, or spray. Keep the noise down According to Safe work Australia , constant background noise can affect our mental and physical health, and local industrial businesses need to place additional focus on reducing noise to more acceptable levels. Thanks to this recent emphasis on the potential harm of noise pollution, more attention is now starting to be placed on wearing protective hearing gear as required. Other solutions to this noisy problem include regular maintenance on machinery (especially lubrication of gears), isolated Embrace the power of AI Who’d have thought the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence would be the answer to revolutionising workplace safety ? This isn’t just a future concept either – it’s happening right now. Microsoft has already developed an artificial intelligence-driven safety system, which can monitor industrial processes and employ faster reactions than humans in shutting down equipment before any accidents occur. This system can even identify a detail as small as a dangerously placed tool. With road accidents resulting in close to 40 per cent of workplace deaths, the rise of self-driving cars and transport vehicles has more recently revealed potential in reducing fatalities even further.