Paul Colangelo, National Compliance Director for “ClickSafety” evaluated more than 150 Environmental Health and Safety apps available on a number of platforms in order to determine which ones were most valuable to workers.
Colangelo had a number of factors he took into account, including: cost, size of the app, content, design, subscription model, registration requirements, and whether or not the app has an offline mode.
Colangelo reviewed both free and fee-based apps during his talk. Many regulatory agencies like OSHA have developed apps such as the Heat Safety Tool, which is designed to not only calculate heat index, but also to identify signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, first-aid treatment and contact information for the agency.
NIOSH offers apps that address chemical safety, ladder safety, lift safety and several others. Beyond OSHA and NIOSH, agencies and associations such as ANSI, AHA and NFPA have developed apps.
Colangelo suggested that OSH professionals use the following criteria when selecting apps:
device brand; device type; flash capability; industry; classification; source and accuracy of content; cost; malware and security concerns; ads.
Colangelo’s’s session was recorded during Safety 2015 and is available for purchase on http://learn.asse.org.
Dave Weber from “Safety Awakenings” reviews new safety apps for his website on a weekly basis and recommends the following apps from his weekly reviews.
OSHA Heat Safety Tool
NIOSH Ladder Safety
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Hazardous Chemicals
Pocket First Aid
Fall Clear Lite
Electrical Safety Tests
Incident Cost Calculator
ILO Ergonomic Checkpoints
Note: The apps referred to in this story came from the Safety Awakenings Website. See the following link For more information: http://www.safetyawakenings.com/apps/