In the energy industry, several aspects of safety are changing in tune with the technology-ensued transformations.
FREMONT, CA: The trail of disruptions in the energy sector has created the need for new approaches to safety. Many aspects of energy company operations have changed dramatically over the last few years. Infrastructure has been transformed, capacities have evolved, and new energy sources have been commercialized. These have a major bearing on operational ecosystems and the role of professionals working therein. Worker safety is, thus, under transformation as well. Today, the set of considerations that are used to determine and improve worker safety are different from those used previously. To ensure zero compromises in worker safety, energy companies need to address the issue with a dynamic approach, and the following list of considerations can come in handy.
• Zero Injuries
Today, energy sector companies have to work towards eliminating injuries completely. Even though no industry can guarantee zero injuries to workers, the approach can significantly reduce safety concerns and avoidable mishaps. Technological interventions can be incorporated to empower workers and provide multiple layers of safety across departments. Be it an oil and gas company or a wind energy company, there is scope to implement a zero-injury strategy.
• Training of Workers
The monumental shift that energy facilities are undergoing has made safety training more important than ever. As legacy systems get phased out, the safety training that workers have had is also losing relevance. To ensure that the workforce understands safety, energy companies ought to conduct training. Training using advanced methodologies like virtualization helps update the workforce regarding the evolving safety scenarios in their working environments.
• Use of Technology
Manually monitoring all aspects of worker safety is inefficient. The new approach to worker safety should involve software solutions. Today it is possible to determine the probability of accidents and monitor risk-prone operations from the perspective of worker safety. Advanced, technology-backed solutions allow energy companies to streamline safety management, expedite safety-related decision-making, and improve visibility and controls.
With these factors in mind, evolving energy companies have the opportunity of a perfect score when it comes to worker safety.