Prevention techniques can reduce workplace accidents.

Matheus Lúcio
3 min readSep 29, 2023

Workplace safety is a concern that demands continuous attention. Despite existing laws and regulations related to occupational safety in Brazil, challenges persist in reducing the number of accidents. According to the latest Occupational Health and Safety Observatory produced by the SmartLab initiative, in 2022, there were over 612,000 Workplace Accident Reports (CAT) recorded in the country.

Some of these accidents can occur due to lack of knowledge about safety procedures, improper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and negligence regarding established norms for tool usage. From 2012 to 2022, the group of causative agents most frequently cited in reports, according to observatory data, at 15%, was “Machines and Equipment.”

In Brazil, the Ministry of Labor establishes, through Regulatory Standards (NRs), a series of obligations, rights, and duties that must be fulfilled by workers and employers, aiming to maintain a safe and healthy work environment. Among these determinations are trainings and qualifications (NR 1) that, since 2019, can be conducted in the distance learning (EAD) format, facilitating access to information.

The integration of technology, in this regard, whether to train an employee or to enable them to perform their tasks more accurately, can play a significant role in preventing workplace accidents.

According to Matheus Lúcio, a technology and software development specialist who works on specialized projects for workplace safety, one of the main areas of concern is the lack of awareness among workers regarding safety practices.

“It’s crucial to emphasize that the implementation of technologies must be accompanied by a comprehensive approach to raising awareness and training workers,” he points out.

The specialist also lists some examples of equipment and technologies commonly used for this purpose:

Monitoring Systems: Sensors and cameras can be installed in high-risk areas to monitor workers’ behavior and identify potential hazardous situations. These systems aim to prevent accidents by providing real-time alerts and allowing immediate intervention.

Personal Protective Devices: Advanced technologies are being developed to enhance workers’ safety. This includes smart vests and helmets equipped with sensors that detect falls, collisions, or exposure to hazardous substances. These devices trigger emergency alerts and provide vital information about the worker’s location and condition.

Virtual and Augmented Reality: These technologies can be used to simulate hazardous work situations and provide immersive training to employees. This enables them to practice safety procedures in a controlled environment, better preparing them to handle real-life situations at work.

Mobile Applications: These apps are developed to provide safety information, work instructions, and reminders of safe practices. Workers can have instant access to procedures, manuals, and safety resources through their own smartphones.

It is also essential for workers to have an open channel of communication to report unsafe conditions or safety-related concerns. “Active employee participation in identifying and resolving safety issues can contribute to creating a safer and healthier work environment,” states Matheus.

Workplace safety is a shared responsibility among employers, employees, and regulatory bodies. Therefore, it is crucial for everyone to work together to strengthen established measures. This includes proper enforcement of standards outlined by the NRs, promotion of training, and raising awareness about the importance of occupational safety.

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Matheus Lúcio

Senior Full Stack Developer, with experience and knowledge in Cloud Computing. Specialist in Software Engineering and Architecture. https://mathz.dev