Posted on: 05 May 2021

How workplace distractions could be caused by Personal Electronic Devices

Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) is the collective term for devices such as mobile phones or music players that can be kept on a person and used for communication or entertainment. However, similar to driving, using these personal devices whilst working in the manufacturing can lead to serious, even fatal accidents.

Take a look at some of the dangers that we have identified that can be caused by using PEDs whilst working in the manufacturing industry.

How distractions are caused by PEDs

Messaging Communications

Most PEDs have a messaging function that people can use to communicate, but this can create a huge distraction.

Whilst writing a message, it’s easy to lose focus on what is going on around you. If you are carrying out tasks and take a few seconds to send a text, this can lead to you causing an accident if you are not concentrating. If you aren’t working, you could still be the victim of an accident by not paying attention to your surroundings.

In a fast-moving environment, like many businesses in the manufacturing industry, losing focus for even a split second can lead to a serious accident.

Hands-free devices

Hands-free devices allow people to make phone calls, and even create messages on most modern devices, so many people believe that they can be used safely whilst carrying out other tasks. Hands-free devices are legal to use whilst driving, but just because they are legal to use, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are completely safe.

Studies have shown that conversations are actually a distraction, regardless of whether or not hands are being used, so for the safety of yourself and those around you in a manufacturing environment, it would be safer to not use a hands-free device to talk to someone, and save the conversation for later or momentarily stop working if practical.

Music players

Many industries will allow workers to listen to music when working, as it can help to keep focus or drown out distracting sounds, however in the manufacturing industry, it is better to be able to hear everything around you.

Being able to hear instructions, alerts, machinery and alarms can be the difference between avoiding an accident and being exposed to a serious injury.

Headphones and earbuds might also prevent ear PPE from fitting properly, potentially leading to hearing damage from machinery noise.

Business insurance with Premierline

It’s important to make sure that you have the right manufacturing insurance in place to protect the business that you have built.

Whether your business specialises in food manufacturing or furniture manufacturing, every business is different and has its own  business insurance needs. We work with some of the UK’s most well-known insurers to make sure that you are getting the right insurance cover for your business. If you are looking for COVID-19 business insights, take a look at our Coronavirus Information Page.

Source: Zywave Inc. – Manufacturing Playing It Safe: The Distraction of Personal Electronic Devices

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