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Poll results: Are safety apps useful?

February 13, 2013

Last month, I asked if occupational safety and health professional use safety apps. Results from the accompanying poll show the answer is yes.​

Most respondents who use apps say they do so because they find them useful. In particular, OSHA’s heat stress app was mentioned. Some respondents who have used apps noted a lack of useful ones:

I use a NIOSH lift calculator app. I wish there were many other safety/ergonomic apps to choose from.

Other respondents expressed their unawareness of apps’ availability or worth:

[I] wasn’t aware they were available. Even though they are, employees are not provided with company phone that support apps.
[I] have not seen any that appear to add value to me.

However, the poll responses indicate use of occupational safety apps is growing. One respondent, who spoke favorably of a safety checklist app, expressed hope for the future of these tools:

I look forward to finding and using more apps for safety and environmental issues.

So am I. If any of you have any stories about your use of apps – either positive or negative – I’d love to hear them. Just send me an email at [email protected].

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