Incorporating Technology Into The Smart Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Space

Coronavirus is changing the discussion about the well-being of construction workers in the field. One area that is ready for change is incorporating technology into smart personal protective equipment (PPE). As smart PPE has acquired footing, so too have on-personal wearables. Public reception to and adopting smart consumer electronics like fitness trackers and smartwatches piqued wearers' appetite for more data.

Coronavirus is changing the discussion about the well-being of construction workers in the field. One area that is ready for change is incorporating technology into smart personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Smart PPE refers to tech-enabled wearable equipment that connects to the Internet or other devices via Bluetooth to deliver real-time safety information from the workers in the field and managers remotely. They’re frequently paired with a cloud-based apps on the worker’s mobile device. 

There are many notable data points smart PPE can capture and track, which can be used to address any number of safety concerns — everything from fever to heat exhaustion to fatigue to improper lifting motions.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, wearable PPE tech designed to monitor employee fatigue was repurposed to be used to detect fevers, a common coronavirus symptom. With PPE supply shortages being key topics during the pandemic, both for employers trying to protect their workers and those workers trying to protect themselves and their families. Repurposing existing PPE technology eased the strain of the shortage on worksites protecting those building the economy.

As more companies invest in smart PPE, they are faced with the same thorny questions and concerns that have plagued smart PPE for years. 

  • How do organizations secure laborer protection? 
  • What occurs if the gadget glitches and a mishap happens? 
  • How do organizations urge representatives to wear and interact with the innovation

COVID-19 has reminded organizations and workers what is truly important; Going home to your family at the day’s end. 

As smart PPE has acquired footing, so too have on-personal wearables. Public reception to and adopting smart consumer electronics like fitness trackers and smartwatches piqued wearers’ appetite for more data. They have also made the general public more comfortable with wearing these devices.

Over the next few weeks, Traqspera will be rolling out our new GPS timesheet feature that will, as the name suggests, track and log the GPS coordinates of your team’s time entries, making them available for the team lead’s approval. Know exactly where your team is every time they log time to their timesheets and have better data on your team’s location during sensitive safety incidents. 

Chat with our product specialists today to see if Traqspera is a good fit for your company’s project, worker, and asset management. Schedule A Demo.