January 2, 2020

How Will Industrial Safety Evolve in 2020?

Industrial safety has made major strides over the past few decades—thanks in no small part to changes in worker safety and machine operation standards. But despite this progress, there’s still room for change and improvement. 

According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds in the United States. The manufacturing industry is in the third spot for occupations that have the largest amount of injuries resulting in time away from work. And while there may be safety rules and standards put in place, it’s clear that a commitment to improving safety needs to improve across many industries. 

Becoming stagnant just won’t cut it in this day and age, so how will industrial safety solutions continue to grow and evolve in the new year? We predict that new technologies, industrial safety products, and consistent changes in OSHA standards will have a major impact on how safety will shift in 2020; let’s dive a bit deeper into the details.

How Will Safety Technology Improve?

The latest technologies, innovative designs, and optimized products can have lifesaving effects on today’s workforce. Industrial safety technology is no different. We continue to see improvements in safety through the use of technology—and it never seems to slow down. This recent article from EHS Today discusses how startups are the new wave of safety technology for industrial companies. 

The article discusses a new device designed to detect cognitive fatigue in workers, IoT (internet of things) devices that have the ability to monitor (and potentially prevent) industrial accidents, and smart cameras that have the ability to detect gas leaks and hazardous substances. With all of this new technology, there's opportunity for tremendous strides in the safety of industrial workers. There’s no doubt that these solutions will play a major role in improving workplace safety—whether it’s through superior monitoring or streamlined communications.

OSHA Changes & Stronghold Safety Engineering’s Commitment

It comes as no surprise that OSHA standards and rules are evolving for 2020. And while many of these changes will be small, they may have a major impact on how your industry operates. Consequently, it’s never a bad idea to consistently check on OSHA’s rules, standards, and changes. At Stronghold, we understand the importance of keeping your employees and facilities protected at all times. That’s why we’re committed to helping you create and maintain a productive and protected workplace. 

Through regular assessments, we can identify areas of risks and work to eliminate hazards in the workplace. When you reduce risks before they can cause an accident, you can protect your employees and maximize productivity. Our safety experts will make sure your machines operate safely on a daily basis without interfering with your production needs. Rather than waiting until someone gets injured on the job, get ahead on your safety efforts with a complete safety assessment to proactively prevent injuries, downtime, and losses in production.

Along with providing thorough safety assessments, Stronghold can work with you to implement solutions that will improve overall safety and work for your team. We offer a wide variety of safety products that complement essential safety practices. Here are a couple of products that will help take your company’s safety strategies to the next level in 2020 and beyond. 

Sanding Belt Holder

How can you help keep your operators secure while working on machines with rotating parts? Do your lathe operators use their hands while sanding, polishing, or deburring rotating parts? This approach can cause serious injuries, but can easily be managed with the use of a sanding belt holder. Stronghold carries a variety of options for lathes that allow your operators to work more efficiently—without the use of their hands. This product increases productivity while decreasing the risk of employee injuries. 

Ejection Curtains

At Stronghold, we offer a selection of ejection curtains to help shield operators and employees within the facility from flying debris and entanglement hazards. With our selection of high-quality ejection curtains, you can allow easy access to the point of operation while protecting your team. Fabricated from steel mesh with the ability to withstand the intensity of a bomb blast, our ejection curtains allow for easy access without compromising on safety. If you need help choosing the right product for you, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Your Partner in Safety: Stronghold Safety Engineering

As safety products, technologies, and solutions continue to evolve, it’s important to keep your company up to date to ensure the protection of your employees. At Stronghold, we are committed to helping you create and maintain a safer work environment by providing the latest and greatest safety solutions. As your safety partner, we can deliver all of the services and support you need to ensure OSHA compliance, mitigate risks, and maximize employee productivity. If you’re ready to take safety seriously, contact us today. We’re ready to help you build a safer workplace!