Industrial security: changing mindsets and technological innovations
Industrial security plays a major role in the industrial world today. Let’s take a look at how industrial security is defined today, plus some tips and innovations to help make your workplace a safe and pleasant environment.
Industrial security today
Industrial security, as its name indicates, involves ensuring the security of people and property in an industrial work environment. Industrial security also ensures the sustainability of the company in several respects (preventing major accidents, protecting merchandise, etc.).
It’s essentially a matter of knowing how to combine short-term profitability requirements with long-term security requirements regarding goods and people. Industrial security should limit social, economic, and environmental risks. And while the investment required to prevent these risks is often considered within a short timeframe, it’s important to see the benefits of industrial security, especially at a time when a company’s public image can rapidly shift.
Awareness and behavioral changes regarding industrial security
For a few years now, we’ve been able to detect a change in mindset when it comes to security in the industrial sector. Televised awareness campaigns, the strong media exposure of businesses, the transparency of social networks… many elements of society that are gradually forcing a general awareness, thus improving employee comfort while optimizing working conditions.
To respond properly to this awareness and the behavioral changes regarding industrial security, specialized companies are constantly developing new safety equipment and educational tools that let the employer provide optimal working conditions while protecting themselves legally and financially.
Innovations in industrial security
While many safety accessories and equipment haven’t changed very much over the years (security seals, tapes, barriers, clothing, and other accessories), several new technologies are appearing and integrating with the industrial world, giving rise to some interesting innovations in terms of workplace health and safety.
The PROXIPI system is a good example. It’s a sophisticated system that prevents collisions between pedestrians and motorized devices (electric pallet trucks, forklifts, etc.). Accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles often have very serious consequences, and workplaces that are prone to this type of incident (warehouses, hangars, etc.) offer limited visibility to their users. PROXIPI is fully configurable, offering a dual alarm (pedestrian and vehicle) when the magnetic fields of the devices intersect. These powerful magnetic fields (with a range of 16 m) are programmable for different degrees of protection, and the alarms emitted by the devices are customizable. Once the devices are outfitted with it, the PROXIPI system also allows for dynamic and interactive safety through the activation of a speed governor for the device upon detection of a pedestrian badge or a nearby fixed badge, thus creating specific safety zones in areas that are particularly at risk.
Another intriguing innovation in terms of safety and efficiency is called the Power Tower. It’s a work platform that lets the employee get into its basket safely and easily. Boasting greatly reduced dimensions, the Power Tower offers a platform that allows for work at a height of up to 5.10 m, with ground-level dimensions that limit congestion as much as possible. The Power Tower also offers the user maximum safety on the ground as soon as the platform is raised, with automatic wheel locking.
More than ever, technological innovations are helping to ensure the safety of individuals working in the industrial sector. They are initiating and supporting a changing mindset and a strong awareness movement with respect to industrial security, and they will certainly become increasingly common and widely used in the years to come.