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5 Safety Apps Every Worker Should Have

Safety apps put important information at your fingertips. A mobile device with a free safety application can be a convenient planning reference, or save precious minutes in an emergency.

OSHA Safety gives you the complete text of OSHA regulations for general industry. Very convenient in the field.

The American Red Cross offers First Aid, which can be used without a web connection. Though, not a substitute for first aid certification, it can be a life save until help arrives.

Safety John is a big benefit in implementing safety reporting programs. Incidents, photos and video can all be consolidated into a single email for reporting.

NIOSH Ladder Safety not only provides rules and information, but optically measures angles in insure your ladder is set correctly.

Lift Right calculates weights to be lifted per person, and keeps a record of their previous lifts.


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Dan Clark: Imagine a wall of three ring binders packed full of critical safety information. Now, let’s scrunch them down so they fit in your pocket. We’re talking safety apps.

Hello, I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief. This is where we talk about health and safety hazards in today’s demanding industrial and construction worksites.

There’s an app for everything and that includes workplace safety. Let’s look at five free smartphone and tablet applications that can help make your workplace safer and more efficient. Every worker, safety manager and owner can benefit from these safety apps. Remember, these are all free.

1. OSHA Safety from OSHA. This safety app has a complete list of OSHA regulations for general industry. It includes OSHA’s interpretations of the regulations. The content is preloaded so an internet connection is not required.

2. First Aid by the American Red Cross. This one gives you step-by-step instructions for treating almost anything so you can help before help arrives. And on this one, content is preloaded so no Internet connection is needed. It’s especially helpful for anyone working in the field away from headquarters, and off the job too.

3. Safety John. This free safety app is great for workplace safety reporting programs. You can easily report hazards and near misses. If you see a hazard or accident, enter the data, photos and video and then you can quickly send it as an email to your safety gatekeeper.

5_Safety_Apps_Every_Worker_Should_Have-Creative_Safety_Supply-250x2504. NIOSH Ladder Safety. This new safety app from NIOSH, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, helps workers use extension ladders safely. It actually helps you place the ladder at the correct angle using sounds and visual signals. And it also contains information to help you select, inspect and use ladders.

5. Lift Right. This safety app can help you lift safely. It uses the lifting equation from NIOSH, which calculates recommended weight limits and lifting indexes. And this app can store information about other lifts a worker has done.

Now remember, all of the safety apps are available free at Apple’s iTunes for Apple products and some are free at Google Play for Android products.

That’s it for this episode on 5 Safety Apps Every Worker Should Have.  Come back for more tips and techniques on how to stay safety compliant in today’s ever-changing landscape of safety requirements. I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, sponsored by Creative Safety Supply. See the website at


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