Today, athletes know more about their bodies, their capabilities, and their recovery process than ever before. Wearables have provided insights and metrics into what they do that were only possible to obtain in a lab during years past. Now, they can measure their performance, what they can do better, and how tired they are with tiny sensors that don’t interfere with their activities.
Wearables have the potential to provide a breakthrough for people who aren't elite athletes. In fact, they don’t just have the potential to make people learn more about themselves—they can prevent injuries and save lives. Today, experts are looking into how wearables can help employers track the health and safety of their workers.
“Wearables, which harness the power of the rapidly expanding Internet of Things technology, clearly offer more opportunity for major advancements in workplace safety than we have seen in decades,” said Paul Marushka, president and CEO of a risk management technology company. “It’s not surprising that wearables are starting to disrupt sports with their ability to help keep athletes on the field, but the potential opportunities in the workplace are seemingly endless for safety.”
How Wearables Can Help Protect Worker Safety
Just as wearables help athletes learn stats about their bodies they didn’t know before, they can help teach employers about the dangers individual workers are facing so they can mitigate issues. Generally, wearables can help employers do three things: monitor, alert, and teach.
Wearable Monitoring for Workers
Wearables can track the background factors that have the potential to cause serious injuries for workers. They can track fatigue, heart rate, and even tell if a worker is lifting dangerously. Employers can then use this information to make sure they make the changes needed to prevent the accidents, injuries, and death associated with such dangers.
Wearables to Alert Workers
Wearables can also be used to alert employers about dangers in the environment that their employees are being exposed to. A wearable can quickly alert employers of toxic exposure, dangerously loud sounds, explosion hazards, and other important environmental hazards.
Wearables for Teaching
Workers can learn as much from wearables as their employers. They can be used to provide on-the-spot training. With instant feedback, workers can learn how to do their job safer, faster, and with less danger than ever before.
Are Wearables Good for Workers?
Ultimately, wearables are only as trustworthy for safety as the employers who work for them. Effective wearable use in the workforce means employers must be ready to use the data provided by them properly. As many employers avoid safety standards to save money, they’ll have to be ready to change their habits before they change the way their workers are protected.