How can RFID improve worker safety?

RFID has the potential to improve worker safety by ensuring that only qualified people operate equipment or enter hazardous areas of a facility. Machinery can be set up so it will not operate if someone without training identifies themselves to a reader tied into to the equipment’s ignition. An RFID access control system can set up to require workers to wave a badge to gain entry to areas of a facility. Software on the back end can then be used to prevent workers without authorization from entering certain areas, including those that could be dangerous. BP has also experimented with using employee badges with embedded RFID transponders to locate workers within a facility in the event of an emergency. All of these systems can help prevent injuries to workers on the job.

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