Agency seeks input for new mobile app on chemical guide
The Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards is the most popular document created by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The agency is seeking guidance for a mobile version.
The guide provides general descriptive, exposure, and protective and emergency recommendations for 677 chemicals commonly found in the work environment. It is used by employers, employees, and occupational health professionals during routine work and in emergency situations.
The printed version is handy. However, at 424 pages, NIOSH says a mobile version would be helpful as well.
The developers are seeking information on how the guide is used, the industries of the users, and the role mobile devices play in their work life. NIOSH is asking for comments based on the following assumptions:
- A free mobile version of the pocket guide would be valuable for safety officers, industrial hygienists, emergency responders, and health professionals who treat workers.
- Most workers will use the mobile app on an iPhone, iPad, or Android technology.
- Hands-free technology would be a good feature of the mobile app.
- A downloadable Excel database would be helpful since not everyone would have access to a mobile version.
Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage.
June 3, 2013
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