Introduction

Advances in communication technologies have progressed so quickly that many may feel like they've been left on the outside looking in. Digital information, advanced technologies, and even the environments where these vanguards are used can appear to go by like speeding freight trains. Observing this can be scary, especially when we believe we should be understanding and participating in it.

A natural reaction is to be skeptical or even afraid of recent progress in digital communications. It may be easier to pass the buck or wait for the next technology to come along. However, this perception is an impediment to effectively differentiating useful or needed technologies from recreational distractions. For instance, are we in a position where we can decide if the technology provides rapid accessibility to helpful safety and health information or if it is simply an expensive toy that will slow us down? Being able to answer this question is an essential skill in today's workplaces.

Outside of work, communication technologies can enrich lives by bringing together family and friends who may be separated by large physical distances. However, like other media or sources of recreation, these technologies must be managed for our benefit and management takes time.

In this paper, information is presented in several of communication technology that can help safety and health professionals perform their work more effectively, as well as enjoy their e-leisure time more fully.

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