The main goal of today’s developing EHS services is to provide companies with better ways to manage workplace safety and safety compliance. With technology continually improving and the Internet of Things (IoT) offering more options in the development of EHS solutions, businesses will soon have access to some innovative environmental safety ideas. The development of drones to be used with EHS software is a particularly interesting idea that shows much promise.
How Is IoT Affecting EHS Technology Development?
The Internet of Things is a concept of how different technologies can be connected to communicate with each other through wireless capabilities. When connected in this way, it is possible for devices to collect important data and share it to other devices, facilitating communication to all those who need the information.
While this concept is being applied increasingly to many types of technology, it is especially useful when applied to EHS services where environmental monitoring is especially important for making real-time decisions on EHS solutions. Just a few of the ways in which the IoT is facilitating the environmental health and safety field include the following:
- Water Managing - With water becoming a scarcer resource every year, monitoring water use has become more important than ever. EHS software and devices that sense water use, leaks, and other issues that can input this information directly into devices that detect functional problems are becoming extremely important. This is true for hazard prevention, money saving, and waste prevention.
- Emissions Testing and Reporting - The IoT is already playing a role in monitoring emissions by allowing environmental testing through the use of electronic sensors that wirelessly transfer measured results to other devices. From there it can help generate reports and continuously track air quality and contaminants within specific facilities.
- Grid-Based Hazard Monitoring - The IoT is important in the creation of grid-based systems that can geographically locate live hazards, such as chemical spills, more easily and efficiently than doing so manually. These systems can be integrated with alarm and response systems to ensure faster and safer cleanup.
The Use of Drones in an EHS Capacity
Although drone development is only one part of the ever-expanding IoT, it is one that fits particularly well with EHS services designed to reduce hazards and keep work environments safe. Drones are unmanned, robot-like devices that can enter potentially unsafe environments to inspect and detect the presence of hazards. They can then communicate directly with other devices that analyze collected data and control the drone based on this information.
Presently in use as EHS solutions in a number of industries including construction, oil and gas, and communications industries, this technology is being developed every day to provide new and safer ways to view dangerous locations. Suggestions for future use include the inspection of equipment and conditions at high elevations or underground in addition to anywhere that chemical or other hazards make entering enclosed areas dangerous, such as sewers and production areas.
As the development of better technology connected through the Internet of Things continues, many different industries will benefit in how this technology can offer them a greater ability to utilize appropriate EHS services. Drones, partnered with the right EHS software, are just one part of the growing IoT that give can give a company an important edge in risk detection and safety compliance.
The Internet of Things, drone technology, and a number of other growing technologies together continue to provide new EHS solutions every day for the companies that need them!