How Technology is Transforming Workplace Safety and Compliance
Technology is becoming a permanent, more present part of our everyday lives. What role does it have in workplace safety?
Technology plays an essential role in the workplace. Over the years, its inclusion has made startups more competitive, productive, and, importantly, more secure. In many ways, technology has improved workplace safety while also making it easier for businesses to stay compliant.
7 Ways Tech is Transforming Workplace Safety and Compliance
1. Employees Have Easy Access to Safety Information
In the past, both employees and employers had to sift through hefty manuals containing vital safety information if they wanted to clarify something or strengthen their policies.
While maintaining a safe work environment is necessary, it’s easy to see why so many employers failed safety testing and why so few employees knew their rights. As those rights continued to change, it became harder for staff to stay up-to-date with safety regulations.
Thanks to technology, you can find what you need with a simple Google search. You also don’t have to wait for your employer to clarify industry-specific safety regulations. OSHA safety measures are universal, and employees can look up relevant information on its website.
Of course, it helps if employers make safety-related information available through a company wiki or the internet. That way, employees know they’re following the right safety protocols.
2. Compliance Is No Longer an Uphill Battle
The ease of technology has caused its own share of compliance issues, especially in the healthcare industry. A healthcare provider could fall out of HIPAA compliance if they don’t regulate the technology in their business or train their staff to follow compliance policies.
With that said, maintaining proper compliance has been an issue well before technology. Human error is the cause of most of these problems, but the right technology can make up for it.
For example, comprehensive EHR and practice management solutions encrypt all patient health information when it enters the system. If an employee forgets to encrypt the data, it won’t matter because the software takes care of it. This makes it easier to stay compliant.
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