VR Applications: Simulating Dangerous Situations with Virtual Reality
May 16, 2019
Virtual Reality has been used for several years to show us new situations, places and experiences. A total immersion that offers us the possibility to entertain ourselves by seeing the world from a different perspective, thanks to the glasses and other Virtual Reality devices. And among these new virtual experiences, we are also offered extreme challenges through the images, putting us on top of the tallest building in the world, riding a roller coaster and placing us in high-risk situations in general, of course without us having to run any danger.
But all these first-person experiences are not only for fun, they are also a great help for companies and their employees, using Virtual Reality to simulate dangerous situations, with the aim of preventing possible occupational hazards.
Today, at INVELON Technologies we tell you how to simulate dangerous situations with Virtual Reality and what the benefits are.
How is Virtual Reality used during the simulation of dangerous situations?
There are many workers who are exposed to dangerous situations on a daily basis, and the occupational risks that exist can be many: physical, environmental, chemical, and even psychosocial risks. And any company or business has the duty to prevent these types of risks as much as possible, teaching workers the best solutions to any dangerous situation.
Virtual Reality has become, in this aspect, a great tool for the prevention of all these occupational risks. Workers are exposed to simulations of dangerous situations through Virtual Reality to see how they react and to help them choose the best option. This exercise can take the form of a tutorial, teaching them how to act in each situation, or an assessment mode, testing the workers so that they can choose the best solution. Either way, the worker uses the Virtual Reality glasses to be able to visualise a particular scene or dangerous situation and know how to react in the right way.
A clear example is the emergency services, which are exposed to dangerous and even extreme situations on a daily basis (firefighters putting out fires, police officers dealing with shootings or violent robberies, and ambulance technicians who have to help the injured in a traffic accident). Virtual Reality can help them to know how to react in these situations and to prevent possible mistakes. But occupational hazards can exist in any company, and thanks to the simulation of dangerous situations with Virtual Reality, builders and bricklayers can also climb on the roof of any building, chemists can handle toxic substances or even doctors can perform open-heart surgery in a safe and virtual way, always simulating a scenario that could happen in real life.
In conclusion, Virtual Reality offers personal training for possible dangerous situations that could happen at any time during a working day. An exercise that tests workers to prepare them and give them the necessary experience when they encounter these situations in their work, but this time in a completely real way.
Benefits of using Virtual Reality to simulate dangerous situations
The benefits of using Virtual Reality to simulate dangerous situations are enormous, helping workers and companies to improve their working practices and position themselves as experts in their sector:
- Hazardous situations in a safe environment
With Virtual Reality, workers can practice and learn complex procedures without running any kind of danger. All these dangerous situations are simulated and therefore practised in a safe environment, giving them the confidence to deal with them later, in real life.
- Acquisition of new behaviours in real dangerous situations
Practising possible dangerous situations through Virtual Reality allows workers to acquire the correct behaviour in a real dangerous situation. And the similarity of the Virtual Reality scenarios with real life is a plus point for workers to learn correctly how to react in each case, feeling safe and confident in doing so.
- Cost reduction in occupational risk prevention
Of course, although Virtual Reality involves an initial investment, the subsequent cost reduction in occupational risk prevention is more than considerable. The reason? We can simulate infinite situations of any type in the same virtual space, instead of having to simulate them in real scenarios one by one, from scratch, and with the consequent investment.
- Monitoring and statistics on the progress of workers
In addition, Virtual Reality makes it possible to record and evaluate the progress of workers who are exposed to simulations of dangerous situations, monitoring their reactions and helping them to improve progressively. And the fact of being able to acquire statistics also helps to define the work route much better, identifying wrong decisions and correcting them in order to improve.
- Reduction of accidents and/or risks at work
All the uses and benefits of Virtual Reality in dangerous work situations lead to the most important consequence: the reduction of possible accidents at work. With a team of trained workers, who have learned how to react in every situation, we guarantee the least exposure to dangerous reactions, protecting people and making them feel safer too.
Other applications of Virtual Reality in the working world
As we can see, Virtual Reality (as well as Augmented Reality) is a unique and very beneficial technology in any company to guarantee the best safety and prevent any risk at work. But are there other uses for Virtual Reality in companies? Of course! These technologies can be applied and be of great help in many sectors:
- Design departments
- Logistics and warehouse management
- Industrial maintenance
- Cultural heritage
- Advanced information visualisation
- Product catalogue
- Training and protocol
Whatever your sector, at INVELON Technologies we want to help you discover all the benefits that Virtual Reality can bring to your company or business. Good technology, and especially good use of this technology, will help you and your team to improve and continue to position yourself, constantly evolving at the same pace as our society is evolving.
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