Skip to content

5 Health and Safety trends to look out for in 2023

  • by
2023 trends

Managing physical, mental and emotional risks is something that companies deal with on a day-to-day basis. Businesses should always be looking to the future to mitigate potential risks as well as stay ahead of the curve with advancements in technology and processes.

Here we have compiled 5 health and safety trends we expect to see in 2023.

1.      Investing in mental health protection

Psychological safety in the workplace is catching up with the issue of physical safety. There has been an increased focus and dedication to mental health management, reducing workplace issues like dysfunctional work cultures. We expect 2023 to show a continued pressure on employers to take more responsibility for their employees’ mental health and ensure the workplace environment is psychologically safe for everyone.

First, the experience with the pandemic has brought forward the hazards of high-stress circumstances over extended periods of time, but also the issues associated with remote and hybrid work setups.

On the one hand, work-life balance became blurred without the physical separation of home and office. On the other, there’s been a severe cut in social interactions that maintain the workplace community. Going forward, there has to be a way to balance those who thrive in the office and those who do their best work from home while keeping employees’ mental health in full consideration.

2. Increasing awareness and the need to tackle environmental impact 

The effects of climate change and how organisations address their impact on the environment is also becoming more and more of a concern for consumers. As a result, it is increasingly important for large companies to show their efforts and highlight changes they have made to minimise impact and illustrate that environmental, social and governance (ESG) is incorporated into their future strategy.

As a result, many businesses are implementing a specialist team to report and track environmental and social impacts, and then provide comprehensive reporting to enable good governance.

Along with measuring carbon emissions and other environmental impacts related to the way the business operates, this also includes reporting on the workplace impact on workers’ physical health, but also their mental well-being and mitigating risks associated with psychological risk in the workplace.

3.      Industrial Internet of Things

The monitoring of workplace safety in vast workplaces, such as a factory or a mine, is a huge challenge. Even in a small workplace, like an office, manual monitoring of hazardous conditions is not the ideal solution.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) innovations have led to solutions like smart sensors and devices that are capable of continuously monitoring surroundings and infrastructure. These devices include hazardous material sensors that assess the levels of toxic gases, and equipment monitoring devices that capture various machine parameters that indicate the equipment’s condition.

This advancement in workplace safety provides real-time data that allows safety engineers and managers to rapidly identify any issues that might lead to a potential hazard.

4.      Immersive technologies

Safety instructions and training activities involve the sharing of knowledge that guides employees on how to proceed safely through their daily activities. A theoretical explanation of dos and don’ts lack some practical insight that can only be learned in action.

Immersive technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) provide organisations with a visualisation tool that drastically improves the effectiveness of safety training. A fully immersive experience helps the employee to understand each precautionary action.

This facilitates a change in the mindset of employees, perceiving safety regulations as essential to their personal safety rather than a mandate forced upon them by the organisation. AR technologies also allow the embedding of safety warnings and instructions in the workplace, which simplifies collaborative work and personnel changes.

5.      Wearable Devices

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a vital part of employee safety apparel. This protective gear serves as the first line of defence in the event of an incident. Innovations in wearable technologies have allowed safety tech companies to convert PPE into smart devices. Smart PPE is capable of monitoring the condition of the employee, and is also equipped with a panic button that is manually or automatically triggered when a fall or accident is detected.

Other innovations in wearables have led to the development of exoskeletons that assist workers in tasks like lifting, climbing, and prolonged standing, preventing the physical strain of certain tasks. This workplace safety trend provides organisations with real-time health and safety information about employees working in various locations.

Our team would be happy to answer any questions, as well as provide training on several aspects, including: accident investigation, COSHH hazardous substances, construction design management, fire and health and safety awareness, managing contractors, manual handling and risk assessment/method statements.

Please get in touch for more information.