Health and safety problems can take myriad different forms, and there are many methods and techniques that are used to tackle these issues before they arise. The efficient implementation of the science of engineering is one such vital factor to get right, as engineering innovation can make a colossal difference to health and safety compliance. Here are three examples we’ve come across:
Engineering and Food Processing
Engineers are the problem solvers of our world, and this branch of science is regularly called upon to tackle some genuinely important health and safety issues. For example, take a look at the Boston Gear power transmission products that are sold on the Motion Drives and Controls website. They might not seem like much, but Boston Gear has just used one of these devices to greatly reduce the risk of food contamination in the food processing industry. In this case, the design flaws were ironed out to minimise the areas in the drivetrains where bacteria could gather, thus solving a recognised health and safety problem.
Engineering and Railway Safety
In a similar manner, engineering is relied upon to provide efficient solutions to railway safety issues. Nobody would possibly dispute the need for railway safety, and companies like SCG Solutions are among the services that help to keep things running as they should. To name but a few health and safety innovations, these businesses can develop…
- Fire resistant coatings.
- Anti-roll bars.
- Signal antenna.
As you can see, once again efficient engineering is a firm contributor to high standards of health and safety.
Engineering and Fire Risk
The risk of fire is something that all owners of residential and commercial premises are aware of, and fire engineering is an essential discipline. Many buildings can have fire safety concerns inherent within their plans, and it’s therefore up to businesses like Flamerisk Safety Solutions Ltd to come up with safer designs. Sometimes, fire safety solutions are obvious – we’re thinking fire shutters and fire extinguishers – but for the times when some technical problem solving is required, engineering is undoubtedly essential.
Engineering and the Medical Industry
Just as we mentioned in the aforementioned food processing section, engineering can work wonders for standards in the medical industry. For example, European Springs and Pressings Ltd (a provider of springs for use in the medical industry) treat specially made Platinum-Tungsten and Platinum-Iridium components to ensure that they remain clean and hygienic, which is an essential requirement when a component is being used within something with a medical purpose. Similarly, the child-safety bottle cap was developed using engineering expertise, so the discipline is fundamental in ensuring medical and pharmaceutical health and safety.
Our three examples should go some way towards indicating how engineers help to solve the health and safety problems of the world. There’s obviously a lot more that could be said, but what can’t be denied is that engineering is vital. So, the next time someone within earshot is tempted to pigeonhole engineering into the stereotypical area of repairing cars, be sure to put them right!