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Top 3 EHS Trends to Watch in 2020

By CIOReview | Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Environmental health and safety professionals will soon be able to opt from many solutions that incorporate the latest developments in technology.

FREMONT, CA: New methods to monitor, measure, and control health and safety in the work environment are emerging with the rapid development of innovative technologies. This will soon result in alternative ways to assess risk and exposure to a wide variety of harmful working conditions. Technology trends are already starting to influence how people can assess the working environment in real-time. Here is a close look at some trends that will impact organizations and shape the environmental and safety professionals' role in 2020.

• Mobile EHS Apps and Wearables

According to the recent Internet Trends Report, desktop internet usage is coming down, and mobile internet usage is rising. As the mobile workforce emerges, companies' challenge is to rethink their existing technologies and provide mobile solutions to meet employees where they are, whether that's in the office, at a construction site, or on any location. Smart technologies like a mobile app that connect workers to their environment will be top-of-mind for ensuring safety in 2020. Today, companies have deployed intelligent wearable technologies and sensor-equipped personal protective equipment too.

 High Tech EHS Programs

High tech tools have taken over the world of EHS and the work environment in general. There are online, connected tools that allow organizations to have more visibility into operations. The convergence of people, processes, and technology is the new norm, and the EHS will continue to adapt to these edge technologies. There are training programs, and VR/augmented reality solutions to ensure safety compliance. More EHS programs will incorporate technological and personalized solutions with coaching and help put users in the driver's seat of compliance.

• Total Worker Health Concept

there is continued momentum towards a holistic approach to health and well-being. The total worker health concept is a holistic approach to worker well-being that combines safety and health protection with injury and ailments. This multi-faceted approach comprises social, emotional, financial, and environmental dimensions of health. Especially, work-life is a significant factor in overall health. Employers are expected to take good care of their employees.