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3 Ways Technology is Shaping the Future of Safety
Apr 29, 2019 - Jason Lake, The American Equity Underwriters, Inc.

Technological advancements have had a dramatic impact on our everyday lives and the pace of technology-driven change is accelerating. While a ship repair facility or marine cargo handling operation may not seem to be a likely place to find cutting-edge technology, there are several companies and products that are hoping to change that.

Here are some ways that maritime facilities can expect technology to change the way safety programs are implemented in the near future (note: specific companies or products are mentioned as examples only and should not be considered endorsements).

  1. Clean up the filing cabinet: Administrative software
  2. In the most basic sense, using software to manage a safety program’s administrative load is nothing new. From Excel spreadsheets to a rabbit hole of saved files, companies have been storing safety documents electronically for years. Now, there are companies developing software specifically to host, track, and analyze safety program administrative processes. These processes may include:
    • Audit/inspection development, completion and tracking
    • Job Safety Analysis or Job Hazard Analysis recording
    • Near Miss and incident investigation and documentation
    • Training documentation and tracking

    Many of the programs being developed are either completely mobile platform-based or can be linked between a central computer system and remote mobile devices. Mobile accessibility allows users (supervisors primarily, but also employees) to enter observations, checklists, and so on in real time and attach photos using their device’s camera.
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