Safety App Of The Week

February 24, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments





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.

Safe Lifting Calculator

Official Description  

“Oregon OSHA’s Easy Lift app uses a modified version of the NIOSH lifting equation to give the user a maximum safe weight for various lifting scenarios.

——Step 1: Indicate where your lift begins.

——Step 2: Estimate the number of lifts per minute and the hours of lifting per day.

——Step 3: The app calculates the maximum safe lifting weight.1


Thumbs Up

  • cost is free
  • no registration or sign in required
  • super simple to use – only three screens (see above)
  • visually interesting
  • fun, FUN
  • fast – it takes only 10 to 15 seconds to make a lifting calculation
  • based on the NIOSH lifting equation
  • accurate – produced fairly similar results to those attained with the LiftRight app
  • great for use by employees and supervisors 
  • can be used off-line


Thumbs Down

  • the app “hung up” a couple of times when used in rapid succession – slow down and you should be OK
  • for critical ergonomic lifting surveys safety professionals / industrial hygienists / ergonomists will want to use the more comprehensive and precise LiftRight app in place of this overly simplistic app

Overall Rating

  • iPad/iPhone – ♥♥♥♥♥
  • Android ♥♥♥♥♥


¹ Descriptions courtesy of Apple Inc.


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