There will always be risks to factor into our everyday lives, whether at home or at work. Thankfully, technology can help us mitigate those risks in a number of innovative ways. This has helped make it easier to prevent accidents, encourage employee protection and promote a stronger health and safety framework in the workplace.
As safety technology continues to develop, more options are becoming available in terms of technology used for risk mitigation. We are going to take a look at some of the ways that technology can help us prevent accidents at work and ensure employee safety.
Innovative risk dashboards
Risk dashboards are an intuitive way to design and display a range of risk factors for a project (Chase, 2014, p.21). Although you can create custom dashboards manually, it can take quite a bit of time, which makes their use limited. There are premade profiles that can accurately provide a solid general framework for risk analysis.
Risk dashboards allow you to make sense of possible hazards found in a project by displaying a risk profile. This is a relatively simple design that can be shared across a team or company to highlight all known risks and help mitigate them.
The rise of automation for risk mitigation
Automation has become an incredibly useful feature in terms of risk mitigation, which can be applied to all types of workflows and processes (Vashistha, 2021). Automation can help identify risks, provide detailed assessments and escalate issues to relevant departments. A great way to employ this is by assigning the process to a specific individual or department who can verify the risk and act accordingly.
Automation streamlines much of the risk mitigation process and allows for a more transparent framework while still assigning responsibility to the right people. This can help all types of industries that are looking to improve how they handle risk mitigation in the workplace.
Implementing risk assessment tools
There are various software suites available to help manage risk assessment, which can improve the consistency of how risks are assessed. This can be beneficial when comparing risks, as it will use the same model for different risk assessments (DueDil, 2018).
There are varying levels of complexity when it comes to risk assessment tools. Standard tools will use a red/amber/green system to categorise the risks and rate their probabilities accordingly. More powerful tools can offer qualitative rankings for risk and can provide additional parameters to provide a more accurate result.
The most advanced risk assessment tools can even provide risk modelling and will run scenarios to catch problems before they happen. This complex functionality is best suited to companies that already have risk management systems in place.
Technology can do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to risk assessments in the workplace. The important part is to decide what types of risk assessment tools will suit your business. If you would like to discuss your risk assessment needs further, our team at Zecure is here to help. Contact us for more information or to discuss our personal safety app.
Chase, 2014. Building a Risk Indicator Dashboard. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B978012800840900006X?via%3Dihub
Vashistha, 2021. The Future Of Risk Management Is Automated. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2021/02/25/the-future-of-risk-management-is-automated/?sh=38bd67984ed0
DueDil, 2018. Tools and techniques for risk management. https://www.duedil.com/blogs/tools-and-techniques-for-risk-management