Photo by Luke Chesser
Photo by Luke Chesser

While it’s important from both a workers’ safety and a legal standpoint to ensure that your employees are in compliance with company and government regulations, it can be tough to monitor their behavior 24-7. Fortunately, connected technology can help you monitor employee behavior and compliance even when there’s no manager in sight.

Here are a few ways IoT is being deployed to enhance safety compliance in business settings:

On the Road Again!

How am I driving? Businesses no longer need to wait for other drivers to report unsafe driving behaviors when today’s connected cars can send data back to a remote dashboard. Estimates show that by 2020, 75% of the cars shipped globally will be built with the necessary hardware to connect to the Internet.

Already, existing technologies allow you to track your drivers’ speed in real time so you know if they are exceeding the speed limit. By tracking their routes, you can determine if they are making risky left turns in violation of a right-turn-only policy, or straying from the approved course.

Greyhound, as an example, is loading every bus with new technology, including adaptive cruise control and sensors on brakes. Traditionally, these sensors collected information that was proprietary to the engine manufacturer, but now the information is available to Greyhound so they can assess drivers’ safety compliance.

Fewer accidents can result in lower insurance premiums, and sometimes just knowing that they are being monitored can be enough to ensure compliance among employees.

Coming Clean on Hand Washing

Are cooks, nurses and other workers washing up as often as they need to? Some companies are installing “connected” alcohol dispensers and soap dispensers in locations such as food service establishments, hospital washrooms, and bathroom facilities.

The employees are subject to strict hand-washing and hygiene requirements under federal law, as well as the company’s own internal policies. By tracking how often the alcohol and soap dispensers are used and comparing that to the number of employees on the job, it’s easy to determine whether employees are in compliance with the government’s hygiene regulations, and to monitor whether the employees are closely following the establishment’s own standards of care.

An RX for Prescription Drug Safety

IoT solutions are being used to revolutionize healthcare, from collecting and analyzing patient data remotely to making sure that medical machinery and patient rooms are being used effectively.

But one area where hospitals continually struggle is with pharmaceuticals. Who is accessing them? Are they stored safely? Failing to comply with proper storage procedures of pharmaceuticals leads to expensive waste, spoilage, and potentially fatal medical errors.

That’s where sensors save the day! Utilizing sensors allows healthcare administrators to immediately detect if costly medication hasn’t been kept properly stored or refrigerated. And connected cards ensure that only authorized personnel have access to the drugs – and tracks who’s taking them and when.

Today’s business environment is rife with security risks, from employee error to dangerous environmental conditions. But exploring the new interconnected workplace offers an increased ability to track and ensure compliance. Developing a strategy for utilizing connected devices gives you peace of mind and certainty that regulations are being followed.

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Carl Krupitzer

Carl is CEO and co-founder of ThingLogix

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