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Mobile tools for OHS – there’s an app for that!

By Timothy Bryant and Linda Johnson
| www.cos-mag.com

With the proliferation of smartphones came a flurry of mobile applications designed to make users a little more productive with their mobile devices. From recreation to business, developers are coming up with apps for almost every aspect of one’s day to day activities.

In the world of OHS, mobile apps are increasingly becoming another tool in the workplace health and safety toolbox. The following are just some of the apps currently available for BlackBerry and iPhone that allow users to access important and potentially life-saving OHS information. Some of tthem are free and some require purchase. (Editor’s Note: It is not COS’s intention to endorse any of these apps, but rather to provide a reference for smartphone users in the safety profession. )

Name  
Description        
Link
Affytrac Mobile

By:
Affygility Solutions
Allows access to environmental, health and safety information in field. Allows users to view detailed descriptions of their company’s EH&S requirements, complete EH&S task assignments and access external regulatory information.

http://affygility.com/affytrac/environmental-health-safety-mobile-application.html
 
Breach Report

By:
Apple
Helps record compliance or procedural breaches on iPhone or iPad when they become known and email report.http://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/risk-management-services/id393275081
Cargo Decoder Plus

Cargo Decoder Plus Module (Android)

By:
Strategies In Software
Allows user to learn contents of a truck or tanker beside them on a highway by entering 4-digit number from DOT placard.http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cargo-decoder/id520387030?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Android:
http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/books_and_reference/cargo-decoder_lkjr.html
ChemAlert

By:
Risk Management Technologies
Provides access to chemical safety management information, including hazards and GHS classifications, risk and safety phrases, first aid information and recommended personal protective equipment (PPE)http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chemalert/id427935573?mt=8
Dangerous Goods Manual
(Android)

By:
Knorre
Helps user identify hazardous materials (HazMat).
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=at.knorre.dangerousgoods&hl=en
 EHSQ Reporter

By:
Nimonik
Allows user to perform audits and inspections in field. User can load up own checklists or use free ones, take photos, videos and notes. Integrates with WikiChecklists.
http://www.nimonik.ca/products/environmental-health-safety-quality-audit-verification-ipad-iphone/
Fatigue Calculator

By:
MB Solutions (Aust.) Pty
Forecasts likelihood of fatigue over 24-hour period. Based on Prior Sleep Wake Algorithms, it is the only Australian fatigue calculator that is legally and scientifically defensible in court of law.
http://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/mb-solutions-aust-pty-ltd/id441748931
Full Industrial First Aid Course Videos

By:
Redivideos
First aid tips for industrial workplaces.
http://www.mobiletopsoft.com/blackberry/download-full-industrial-first-aid-course-videos.html
HT NIOSH Lift Calculator

By:
Humantech
Calculates risk associated with manual material handling tasks, using NIOSH Lifting Equation.http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ht-niosh-lift-calculator/id447112695?mt=8
iFirstAid

By:
Survival Emergency Products
Electronic iPhone version of First Aid Emergency Handbook. Contains first aid information and procedures for common and uncommon situations.

http://ifirstaid.com/
iJSA

By:
SafetyCulture Pty

Provides JSA template for conducting workplace risk assessments.
http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ijsa/id473190496?mt=8
MHSA Legislation App

By:
Gorilla
Includes Alberta OHS Act, regulation, farming and ranching exemption regulation, code and code explanation guide.
www.mhsa.ab.ca
MSDS for Blackberry and for iPhone

By:
Maerix

Provides information on meaning of symbols on the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and WHMIS labels.

http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/2690/

http://directory.whatsoniphone.com/msds-iphone/
PeakWorks Fall Clearance Calculator

By:
PeakWorks

Allows user to calculate required fall clearance a worker at heights needs based on the selected equipment. Allows user to select type of harness and type of connector being used.
http://directory.whatsoniphone.com/peakworks-fall-clearance-calculator/#
WHMIS Training Course and Reference

By:
Redivideos

Features videos that teach Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). Includes reference section to look up symbols while on job.
http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/9524/
WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders)

By:
National Library of Medicine

Provides information for first responders on hazardous substances, emergency resources available, environmental conditions.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wiser-for-iphone-ipod-touch/id375185381
WorkSafeBC OHS Regulation

By:
Apple

Contains legal requirements that must be met by all workplaces under the inspection jurisdiction of WorkSafeBC.

http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/worksafebc-ohs-regulation/id447269458
TDG Handbook

By:
Danatec Educational Services

Provides summary of material in TDG Training Programs. Includes class guide, placarding guide and checklist for reference to TDG requirements.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tdg-handbook/id380176392?mt=8

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