Queensland Urban Utilities
2018 Innovation Name: Virtual Reality Safety Simulation Pilot
Awards: 31st Most Innovative Company
The value of virtual reality (VR) for workplace safety training lies in its ability to overcome the inherent limitation of using 2D written or video material to prepare workers for real-life situations. By using VR technology, the worker can directly experience simulated challenges and learn to respond appropriately. The purpose of this innovation is to instantly transport an individual to a replicated high-risk environment, without actually putting them in any danger.
By simply wearing a virtual reality headset, the user can visualise a safe, yet realistic 3D environment where they can practice their response to various high-risk scenarios. To ensure a VR environment closely mimics reality, photographs and schematics are used in the development stages. A realistic environment ensures a convincing experience and, therefore, a more effective training program.