Safety App Of The Week

November 25, 2013 Dave Weber No Comments

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Below is our “Safety App of the Week”.  These weekly features are published every Monday.  New apps are tested on Apple iPads and rated from to ♥♥♥♥♥ (♥♥♥♥♥ is the best).  Prior app of the week articles are archived here.

WorkSafeBC OHS Regulation

Official Description  

“The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation contains legal requirements that must be met by all workplaces under the inspection jurisdiction of WorkSafeBC.  Many sections of the Regulation have associated guidelines and policies.  This mobile app allows users to search and browse the OHS Regulation, Prevention Policies, OHS Guidelines, and WCB Standards even if there is no Internet or cell phone service available.

What’s New in Version 2.0

• Improved navigation. New menu bar added.
• Copy and paste functionality. Users can copy and paste chunks of content.
• E-mail feature. Users can easily e-mail content.
• Default view settings. Users can select the default view they prefer.
• Quick links on browse screen. Provides easy access to external web sites.
• Feedback feature. Submit feedback about the app. “1

 

Thumbs Up

  • cost is free
  • no registration or sign in required
  • well-organized – easy and logical to use without any instruction
  • click on embedded tables to view them full-sized
  • click on embedded hyper-links to access additional free resources on that subject
  • these British Columbia (BC) Canadian safety and health standards are easier to read, and are often more protective and up-to-date then the OSHA standards are
  • their are numerous standards here that USA’s OSHA does not even address (e.g. heat stress, cold stress, whole-body and hand/arm vibration, peak noise, warehouse vests, etc.)
  • the search capability is better than on USA’s OSHA.gov website
  • BC Canadian employers (and multi-national employers with operations in BC) must comply with these standards
  • all employers who are serious about protecting their employees should review these safety regulations and voluntarily adopt those BC standards that are more protective than their counter parts in your home country
  • can be used off-line

 

Thumbs Down

  • wonderful app, no identified shortcomings (the OSHA.gov website is nowhere near this good)

 

Overall Rating

  • iPad, iPhone –  ♥♥♥♥♥
  • Android  ♥♥♥♥♥

 

¹ Descriptions courtesy of Apple Inc.

 

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