Looking for a new tool to add to your job safety toolbox? Try your mobile phone.
With the number of apps in Apple’s AppStore quickly approaching 1 million and Android doing its best to catch up, mobile devices have transcended the basic telephone to quickly become a versatile, pocket assistant.
Even if you don’t personally use them, you need to keep up with what job safety apps are out there. Why? Project Managers swear by them and young workers were practically issued smart phones at birth. Knowing what tools make their jobs safer makes your life easier and the jobsite a more productive place.
We’ll do a round up on can’t-live-without-job-safety-apps from time to time but here are a few to get you started:
1. Safety Observation by Health Safety Works Pty Ltd – FREE
This app allows staff, contractors or anyone else on a worksite to record details of any unsafe observation encountered in the field. It then reports the hazard to a preferred contact. The app also provides information on how to fix the problem and how to stop it from happening again.
2. First Aid by American Red Cross – FREE (Android and iPhone)
It doesn’t hurt to have a first aid manual always in arms reach. Accidents happen! This app features Red Cross approved videos, interactive quizzes and simple step by step advice for instant information on how to handle first aid emergencies.
3. Crane & Rigger by Crane & Rigger Applications – FREE
This is a useful app for construction workers that provides capacity charts on rigging items, calculate common rigging and load formulas and more. It’s missing timber & beam loading charts but otherwise, it’s a fairly useful app for quick reference. The basic app is free with add on features priced separately.
4. The Workplace Safety North (WSN) News App – FREE
This app was created to guide participants through their annual Mining Health and Safety conference with a list of speakers, sessions and trade show information. However, the Ministry of Labour is diligent in updating the app twice a week with news of hazard alerts, legislation changes, events and webinars.
5. WorkSafeBC OHS Regulation by WorkSafeBC.com – FREE
This mobile app allows users to search and browse the OHS Regulations, Prevention Policies, OHS Guidelines, and WCB Standards. A scaled down app in comparison to some of the others on the list, but it is a useful reference for BC workers who need access to OHS information.
Have a safety app you can’t live without? Let us know. We’ll try and feature it in a future app roundup.