Taking one for the team – robots working to promote a healthy work environment

Jul 29, 2013

Industrial robots can help keep humans safe by removing them from the hazardous work environment. Robots are made to complete the tedious tasks and reduce the injury-inducing workload that humans have completed for so many years. Humans are often exposed to toxic fumes on the production line, so integrating industrial robots promotes a healthier work environment.


When you think of a healthy work envi­ron­ment, what do you think of? Maybe the atti­tudes of peo­ple around you, the pos­i­tive ener­gy received from supe­ri­ors and cowork­ers? But, do you ever take it lit­er­al­ly? You should. A healthy work envi­ron­ment and the health of a facility’s work­ers is para­mount to the facility’s abil­i­ty to run.

How do robots fit into all this? Well, first and fore­most, they don’t get sick. The only time a robot is affect­ed by ill­ness is if its pro­gram­mer gets sick. Oth­er­wise, it can run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with­out stopping.

How­ev­er, these are not the only ways that indus­tri­al robots pro­mote health in the work envi­ron­ment. Robots also keep humans safe from haz­ardous work envi­ron­ments, and in that way are able to keep work­ers healthy and on the job.

Robots keep humans safe? Of course they do! Robots are engi­neered to do the tedious, dull and some­times injury-induc­ing work that humans have done for gen­er­a­tions. One good exam­ple of a robot keep­ing a healthy work envi­ron­ment for a human is the robot pal­letiz­er. Pal­letiz­ing goods can be dif­fi­cult on the back, arms and oth­er parts of the body. Human work­ers are con­stant­ly lift­ing heavy objects, while bend­ing and twist­ing. Robots do not have that same risk of injury.

Sim­i­lar­ly, a human that is weld­ing can breathe in tox­ic fumes that are giv­en off dur­ing the process. Fumes pro­duced dur­ing weld­ing, paint­ing and oth­er nox­ious process­es could cause brain and oth­er cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem dam­age. A robot does not suc­cumb to these dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals. Also, robots take humans out of envi­ron­ments that are too hot or too cold, and away from appli­ca­tions that may pro­duce small par­ti­cles that can be breathed into the lungs and cause res­pi­ra­to­ry infections.

Aren’t you glad that robots are around? They keep the work­place a healthy envi­ron­ment, and they do it with­out tak­ing breaks, days off or vaca­tions. And – they do it with­out com­pli­ment or complaint.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor of robots from Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and KUKA, pro­motes a healthy work envi­ron­ment by help­ing cus­tomers to auto­mate their appli­ca­tions. This kind of automa­tion will not only boost the speed and accu­ra­cy of pro­duc­tion, but it will also raise the safe­ty and health lev­el in your facility.

For more infor­ma­tion about pro­vid­ing a health­i­er work envi­ron­ment for your work­ers through automa­tion, con­tact Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881.

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