28 April, 2024 | Posted by Ian Curran

World Day for Safety and Health at Work - The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Workplace Safety

Portobello Institute, as Ireland’s leading Facilities Management faculty, recognises that technological advancements are reshaping how workplace safety and health are approached. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) are revolutionising safety standards in the workplace.

Let's explore how these innovations are contributing to safer work environments and enhancing overall safety in facilities management.


  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI-powered tools offer predictive analytics that can identify potential safety hazards before they occur. By analysing patterns in safety data, AI helps facilities managers proactively address risks and implement safety measures. AI can also assist in monitoring employee compliance with safety protocols, contributing to a safer workplace.


  1. Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT devices are invaluable for real-time monitoring of equipment and facilities. These devices can alert facilities managers to maintenance issues or potential hazards, enabling quick intervention. IoT sensors can also track environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, and air quality, ensuring a healthy and safe workplace.


  1. Data Analytics

Data analytics provides insights into safety performance, helping facilities managers make data-driven decisions to improve safety measures. By analysing historical safety data, managers can identify trends and implement targeted interventions to reduce the likelihood of incidents.


  1. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

These immersive technologies offer innovative ways to train employees on safety protocols. VR and AR simulations create realistic scenarios for practicing emergency procedures and safety drills. Such training allows employees to gain experience in a controlled environment, enhancing their preparedness and confidence.


  1. Robotics and Automation

Robotics and automation play a significant role in reducing the risk of human error and exposure to hazardous tasks. Automated systems can handle repetitive or dangerous tasks, minimising risks to human workers. Robotics can also assist with maintenance and inspections, further promoting safety.



The impact of emerging technologies on workplace safety is profound. Facilities managers can leverage these innovations to create safer work environments and enhance health and well-being. By staying informed about the latest technological advancements, managers can adopt proactive measures that prioritise safety and protect employees in their daily work.


Interested In Studying Facilities Management?

If you are interested in any of our Facilities Management degrees or qualifications, you can book a consultation call with our expert FM advisor Janice O’Toole, email janice.otoole@portobelloinstitute.com or call 01 892 0041.

Next intakes: IWFM Level 4 & IWFM Level 5 on May 13th, 2024

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