When we talk about safety in any industry, it accommodates all the terms – be it risk assessments, corrective and preventive actions, safety trainings etc.
To be sure that work execution is controllable, individuals can be held accountable for it, which is why many companies don’t explicitly consider human errors a risk factor. Since no organization is free from it, it is important to factor it in. Various ways and strategies hence, stand, important.
While a compliance-based approach is effective for managing preventable risks, it is wholly inadequate for strategy risks or external risks, which require a fundamentally different approach based on open and explicit risk discussions.
Helping execute risky decisions
With the increasing focus on safety, EHS professionals have continued to remain proactive and coordinated in their approach. Industries must create value for the stakeholders via decisions that affect a company’s product quality – for the same, emphasizing EHS and OHS remains essential.
They help deliver safety value in their industries through trainings, align and integrate processes through digitization and use them as springboards to level up EHS performances.
An add-on to their approach is using the safety animation videos.
Through visual aids, intuitive and inquisitive approaches start, where people master skills that will help them grasp changing duties and responsibilities.
Take a chemical industry for example. Here, the whole material handling process is quite comprehensive, because it is about how things get manufactured, moved, stored, protected, tracked, controlled, and shipped. If we talk about the chemical handling processes, there are storage, lifting, conveying, ergonomic and safety equipment (pallets, bins, trolleys, and palletizers) involved, and all of them require a sound understanding of the procedures.
The use of chemicals is ubiquitous in many upstream and downstream operations – their mishandling can lead to failed batch processes, quality issues, lost time and resources. So, to maintain a safe working environment, proper handling of the same is critical.
These learnings need to plug into the mindsets of the workers who form a part of such processes. Animation, with a judicious blend of visual elements, voiceovers and animation techniques, creates more impact in less time as they are created with the vision of user safety.
The production environment of this industry is filled with substantial volumes of chemicals that are mainly flammable, toxic and hazardous by nature. Personnel involved in chemical handling may unknowingly contaminate themselves when they touch work surfaces, glassware, or contaminated equipment during experiments.
Animated videos can specifically address such issues and through them, workers can enhance their knowledge – an awareness on handling these particular chemicals can be created.
One can push the boundaries of realism (by depicting the toxic contingencies) for the very purpose of providing practical knowledge to the employees.
Animated videos can create this type of ideal working environment, where everything is portrayed in a clear and concise way and nothing is left to the imagination of the workers.
Striving for worker indulgence in the processes
An emphasis on the personnel’s behaviour is also necessary to build a safer workplace in such high-risk environments.
One more important advantage of animation is – it can recreate a scenario or a workplace. Any chemical industry, if wishes to, can reconstruct their own vicinity virtually because workers can better relate to such visuals. The biggest benefit is in the case of emergencies; if any action leads to an emergency evacuation, people involved must be aware of all the evacuation routes. Crisis that arrive unsaid can be dealt in better ways, and maybe, help save a number of lives.
Knowing and understanding the risks of these hazardous facilities is paramount. Consequences of improper manual chemical and material handling are borne by the workers themselves – so providing just-in-time support becomes essential.
With the videos, safety in chemical industry receives the attention it deserves and the organization becomes a safer place for the employees.