Safety App Of The Week

January 13, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments


 

iOSHA 1910

 

Below is this week’s “Safety App of the Week“.  Every Monday we publish an article that reviews and rates a new workplace safety app.  Our testing is done on Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3s.  We rate each app from to ♥♥♥♥♥ (♥♥♥♥♥ is the best).  Prior app of the week articles are archived here.

iOSHA 1910 e-Reference

Official Description  

“The iOSHA e-Reference 29 CFR 1910 General Industry app provides Health, Safety and Environmental professionals (HS&E) access to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s regulations under 29 CFR 1903 (Inspections, Citations & Proposed Penalties), 1904 (Recording & Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness) and 1910 on worker health and safety for General Industry using their iOS device. Whether in the field or in a meeting, view the latest information from OSHA.gov RSS Feeds, along with safety regulations and interpretation letters quickly and easily.1

 

Thumbs Up

  • no instructions, but navigation is fairly intuitive
  • links to OSHA’s – general industry standard, record keeping standard, letters of interpretation, most frequently cited standards, Quick Takes, and OSHA news
  • bookmark your favorite OSHA standards
  • add your own notes to any standard
  • email regulation content

 

Thumbs Down

  • too many distracting advertisements for iOSHA’s other products on this app
  • little original content, mostly just a bunch of links (RSS feeds) to the OSHA.gov website
  • few photos or graphics, mostly only words – many of the words were difficult to read because of their low contrast 
  • we were surprised that this app does not work off-line, that’s basically the main advantage it would have had over the OSHA.gov website
  • even though we purchased this app for $10.99, we plan to continue to use the OSHA.gov website instead of this app 

 

Overall Rating

  • iPad/iPhone –  ♥♥♥
  • Android –  the developer’s website says the Android version will be available late 2013, it’s now January 2014 and it’s not yet available

 

¹ Descriptions courtesy of Apple Inc.

 

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