How many of these safety apps are you using?
At the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Safety 2015 conference in Dallas, Paul Colangelo, National Director of Compliance Programs for ClickSafety, presented his Top 10 list of apps for safety pros. Here’s his list:
- iAuditor: Colangelo says this is one of the top 2 apps that he found safety pros are using. It provides custom audits, inspections, reports and forms. It’s available for iPhones and android, and it’s free.
- ILO Ergonomics Checkpoints: From Europe’s International Labour Organization, this app has excellent graphics showing correct ergonomic postures and works offline. It has the capability for customized ergonomic programs. It works offline, is free and is available for both major smartphone platforms.
- Accuweather: This app has one rarity: It’s available for iOS, android and Windows phones. Colangelo says for anyone who needs to keep track of approaching thunderstorms and lightning, this app has a superior radar feature. There are no pop-up ads, and you can setup severe weather alerts.
- Incident Cost Calculator. From WorksafeBC Colangeio says this app has great videos and is easy to use. It takes the user through step-by-step instructions to calculate the cost of a workplace injury. It’s available for iOS and android and it’s free.
- Electrical Safety Tests: Developed by Mr. Combi Training, this app lays out common electrical safety testing. It’s $2.99 and is available only for android. It includes an Ohms Law calculator and has excellent multi-meter graphics.
- Fall Clear Lite: From High Engineering Crop, this app calculates fall clearances. It’s easy to input data, has great graphics, uses U.S. and metric measures, and has lots of references to various standards. It’s available for iOS and android and it’s free.
- Pocket First Aid: From Jive Media, this app provides information on First Aid, CPR, and AED use. It’s $1.99 and is available for iOS and android. It’s user friendly and has great photos and videos.
- NIOSH Pocket Guide to Hazardous Chemicals: This app isn’t developed by the Centers for Disease Control but it is based government information including on hazmats from the U.S. Department of Transportation. It’s $7.99 and is available only for iOS. It lists 677 chemicals and works offline. The app also comes with an Emergency Response Guidebook.
- NIOSH Ladder Safety: This one is directly from the CDC, works on iOS and android and is free. Users can make ladder angle calculations, and it has great ladder inspection tips. It also works offline.
- OSHA Heat Safety Tool: Colangelo says this is the other app he found was most used by safety pros. It provides heat index measurements either directly from the National Weather Service or from direct user input. It works on iOS and android and is free. It’s in English and Spanish and links directly to the OSHA website.