NIOSH Ladder Safety smart phone App

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)just announced the availability of a new smart phone app designed to help protect workers on ladders.


According to the NIOSH website “This new app uses visual and audio signals to make it easier for workers using extension ladders to check the angle the ladder is positioned at”.

The Android app download site states: “The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is dedicated to ensure the safety of extension-ladder users by developing and disseminating an easy-to-use interactive ladder safety application for smart phones. The NIOSH Ladder Safety application features a multimodal indicator, which uses visual and sound signals to assist the user in positioning an extension ladder at an optimal angle. Furthermore, the application provides graphic-oriented interactive reference materials, safety guidelines and checklists for extension ladder selection, inspection, accessorizing, and use. The application is intended to help a wide range of ladder users, employers, and safety professionals, with their ladder-related safety needs. The ladder safety app is also 508 compliant.”

The NIOSH website claims that the app is also available for the iPhone but as of the writing of this post, the link they provide takes you to a contraceptive app. Ooops!

Safety Apps for your iPhone, iPad or Android Device

If you have an iPhone, and iPad or an Android device, you are by now well aware of the number of apps that you can download to do everything from using your device to make sure something is level to playing angry birds.

As a safety officer, your boss probably won’t be overjoyed to see you using the later app during business hours and he might rethink letting you even have your mobile device at all. Instead, you can show him how necessary you iPhone really is when you use it to make your job easier and more automated.

I’ve sent you over to Dave Weber’s site before and I’m going to do so again. Today I want to send you to his Safety Apps page where you’ll find a nice list of apps that you can download for your iPhone, and iPad or Android device.

Here are a few that I’ve copied from that page to whet your appetite and get you to go visit and download some of the apps that he’s linking to:

SafetyNet – The SafetyNet app from Predictive Solutions allows customers to predict, and ultimately prevent, workplace injuries. First, the app allows customers to conduct inspections and collect workplace safety observations from their job sites. Next, the app synchs these observations with the SafetyNet web application where advanced and predictive analytics are performed on the data. The SafetyNet predictive analytics helps customers identify where they are most likely to have a safety incident or injury, and then report and communicate that information to their work teams and management.¹

ChemAlert ChemAlert for iPhone and iPad now brings the trusted name of ChemAlert to the world of mobiles. Key chemical safety management information including Hazards and GHS Classifications, Risk and Safety Phrases, First Aid information and recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is now be available at your fingertips.¹

FallProof The new Fall Distance Calculator app from FallProof Networks helps safety professionals in the field, protect workers from falls. This easy to use app, helps to accurately calculate the required fall clearance based upon the equipment being used and the height of the anchorage point.¹

Sound Meter SoundMeter turns your iOS device into a handheld sound level meter (SLM). The built-in and headset microphones are suitable for certain, basic sound level measurements, but high precision external microphones may also be used with appropriate interface hardware.¹

Pocket First Aid Updated to reflect The American Heart Association Guidelines on CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Reorganized content to make it easier to find help in an emergency. All content provided by the American Heart Association, the nations oldest and largest voluntary health organization.¹

iAuditor Completely free, fully customisable workplace audits for every industry and application. Perform workplace safety audits, pre-start checks and inspections faster and easier.

Professional Safety Journal (only for ASSE members) ASSE is pleased to announce that mobile apps are now available for Professional Safety, its highly rated monthly journal. Get instant access to the journal from your Droid. Scroll through the pages, click through links to find more information or to connect with an advertiser. Members/Subscribers: Once you download and install the app, youll need to log in with your member number/customer id and password (last name).

I just listed 7 of the more than 40 apps that he lists on his apps page so head over there and show your boss that the money he is spending for your mobile device is money well spent… if he isn’t paying for your mobile device this might be a great way to convince him that you should be able to expense it! Thanks Dave Weber!

New iPhone App – Safety Buddy

From the iTunes webstore:


So what does Safety Buddy do ?

Safety Buddy is a task tracking application – Safety Buddy keeps you straight when it comes to all the tasks and actions that you need to capture and keep track of. All data is kept within a database on the device.

First, you would create a Task List, from there, you would create a number of actions that are part of and associated with the task list.

Task lists and actions can have high priority status applied to them so that they stand out – these are identified with a Red ribbon – like a book mark.

You can track each of your task lists and actions as well as Task List Metrics at a glance for any given Task List.

What is also pretty cool about this app is that you have the number of open tasks identified on the App Icon, so that you are always informed about the number of actions that are still outstanding.

Another cool feature that Safety Buddy has to offer is that you can email your task lists – the email shows completed task as well as high priority.

This will be a great tool for any Safety Professional.

Click here to purchase and download Safety Buddy from iTunes