Safety App Of Week

May 12, 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.

Mobile Safety Regulations

Official Description  

“Rock Safety Group provides free of charge an OSHA safety application which includes the full text of the OSHA regulations for General Industry and Construction. These codes of federal regulations (CFR) 1910 and 1926 Regulations cover most work places, including manufacturing, service industries, and construction. Available free for the in the field professional.

OSHA is the main federal agency charged with the compliance of safety and health legislation. 

Features Include:

• Contains the full text of OSHA Regulations for Construction Industry (Part 1926).
• Contains the full text of OSHA Regulations for General Industry (Part 1910).
• Contains the full text of the OSHA regulations that apply to most US businesses.
• DOESN’T require Wi-Fi access or Cellular Connection so it can work in remote locations, on the factory floor and out on the construction site.
• In app email support.
• Up to date OSHA news feeds.
• Keyword search.
• Register to connect with a broad safety community for email updates, latest news and best practices from professionals alike. 
• Link to industry safety products and services. 1

 

Thumbs Up

  • cost is free
  • no registration or sign in required 
  • works off-line, no WiFi needed – great for use on construction site or factory work floor
  • app is regularly updated so the standards you see are relatively current and up-to-date

 

Thumbs Down

  • needs more visual appeal – few photos or graphics
  • while the standards in this app say the same thing as the OSHA on-line standards do, we prefer reading a standard on OSHA.gov because it is formatted better
  • the apps’ “news” feature is poor – you are better off getting your OSHA news here
  • the search feature on the app does not work as well as the search feature on OSHA.gov  (search “wheel chocks” or “boom lift” to see what we mean)

 

Overall Rating

  • iPad/iPhone  – ♥♥♥♥
  • Android  –  not currently available
  • We prefer a similar app called OSHA Safety

 

¹ Descriptions courtesy of  iTunes

 

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