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Workplace Health and Safety in Digital Arena

Digitalization has made a positive impact in our lives, specifically in the area of occupational
health and safety. With an aisle of digital technologies, it has become possible to transform
every task and procedure with a new outlook. High tech gizmos and advanced techniques
have paved way for opportunities in the ergonomics field. Constant indulgence of healthcare
assistance in the workplace can help in relieving physical and mental stress of the employees
which proportionately optimizes their performance. Providing safety education through the
digitalized medium has positively contributed to the development of potential productivity of
employees.

Digitalization has the potential to evacuate the challenges involved in Workplace (Health and
Safety). Advanced technologies combine systematic processes for:





Enhancing the implied knowledge of workers relating to safety aspect of the tasks they
have to perform.
Engaging employees in a regular visual representation of safety education.
Laying asphalt routes for workers by providing digital and mobile technology to access
WHS information.
Improving health and safety training which boosts the morale of employees and
results in productivity and quality gain for the company.

Following are the ways through which technology bestowed WHS programmes:

Visual Communication
Anything which is visually represented is well suited for depiction of knowledge that
emphasises on ‘how to do’ rather than ‘what to do’. In most of the surveys taken by workers,
visual presentation of the work-to-be-done was favoured by both employers and employees.
When it comes to health and safety education, visual communication is particularly effective
in analysing how work is performed, and developing safer ways of working.

Online Andragogy Approach
Andragogy approaches usually involve an expert instructor imparting knowledge to the
recipients that focus on facilitation rather than dictation. Now that virtual andragogy space
has taken over the traditional methods, employees can train themselves prior to engaging in
the job. These online teaching methods are facilitated by the company itself which includes
course modules, short quizzes, assignments etc., which enhances the WHS (Workplace Health
and Safety) and improves worker’s engagement and spirit.

Quick Response Code
Health and safety courses are easily accessible by introducing QR codes in the arena of online
safety courses. WHS (Workplace Health and Safety) videos and interactive delivery of various
courses using QR codes technology has benefited the development of industrial safety
beyond the infrastructural barriers. With its quick readability and storage capacity, QR codes
promptly became a vital component in rendering health and safety training to employees
whenever and wherever needed.

Interactive and Instructive Mobile Application
Workforces of this era are a combination of tech-savvy and tech-dependent, so providing
safety education with a swipe on their smartphone is “need of the moment”. Companies that
have embraced the opportunity of introducing a WHS mobile app or website portal have
realized its prodigious benefits in health and safety training. A worker-friendly application
which imparts knowledge about the workplace hazards and safety measures to dodge the risk
can rapidly increase the worker loyalty and productivity in the workplace.

Conclusion
There is no doubt that it is imperative that workers are provided with the knowledge, skills
and abilities they need to perform their work safely. Researchers have demonstrated that
conventional WHS training methods are not that effective in today’s digital era. Hence,
advancement of technology has been successful in remodelling health and safety training in
the workplace which directly contributes to a safe and satisfactory work environment.


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