Safety App Of The Week

December 15, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments


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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.   

 

BLRNow – Workplace Tips, News and Advice

Official Description  

“Stay connected with authoritative, up-to-date content on key topics for human resources, compensation, safety, environmental, and training professionals.  From the leading provider of employment, safety, and environmental compliance information and solutions, BLRNow blends the latest news, updates, videos, blogs, and social sources into a continuously updating content feed for users on the iPhone and iPad.

Features:

-Stay up-to-date with the latest content while on-the-go
-Subscribe to content, save searches, and set up unlimited alerts on topics that matter to you so you always have the latest information as soon as it posts
-Browse information quickly by author, category, publication title, or social feed
-Perform basic and advanced searches and refine search results
-Instantly share content with colleagues and friends using integrated email, text message, Facebook, and Twitter features
-Print articles directly from the app
-Customized versions for both the iPad and iPhone”1

Thumbs Up

  • cost is free
  • separate sections devoted to safety, environment, and training news
  • regularly updated
  • good graphics and visually attractive
  • pretty good content from a technical standpoint
  • searchable
  • can email articles to friends and co-workers

 

Thumbs Down

  • many “news articles” are just advertisements for their subscription services and webinars
  • very few OSHA updates
  • some of the features are not free
  • there’s nothing “news worthy” or “timely” about many of their articles
  • we expected more “current event articles” and fewer “random articles” on safety

 

Overall Rating

  • iPad / iPhone  – ♥♥♥
  • Android –  not available
  • Overall – there are much better ways to keep current on developments and changes in the field of safety

 

¹ Description courtesy of  iTunes

 

 

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