Safety App Of The Week

February 10, 2013 No Comments

HSE Buddy

Below is our “Safety App of the Week”.  These features are published every Monday.  New apps are tested on Apple iPads and rated from to ♥♥♥♥♥; with ♥♥♥♥♥ being the best.  Old app of the week articles are archived here.

HSE Buddy


HSE Buddy puts some of the the most important Health, Safety and Environmental formulas on your iPhone, or iPod Touch (with more being added all the time).  Its fast, native interface and comprehensive results helps you spend less time crunching numbers and more time performing your job accurately.  Here are a list of formulas that we currently support:

Burn Area (rule of nines)
Cold Weather Working
Damage Costs
DAFWII Case Rate
First Aid Kit Requirements (Alberta)
Free Fall Calculation
Hand and Arm Vibrations (HAVS)
Incident Costs
Incident Severity Rate
Injury Severity Score
Investigation Costs
Lex from Leq Measurement
Lost Time Incident Rate
Motor Vehicle Accident Costs
Motor Vehicle Incident Rate
NIOSH Lifting Equation
Pain Visual Scale
Productivity Costs
Replacement Costs
Risk Assessment
Rolled Up Incident Investigation Costs
Safeguard Future Business Costs
Sanction and Penalties Costs
Safe Behaviours Observed (for 200,000 & 1,000,000 Hrs)
UnSafe Behaviours Observed (for 200,000 & 1,000,000 Hrs)” 1

Thumbs Up

  • no registration or sign in required
  • well organized, excellent navigation
  • many formulas are easy to use without any instruction
  • I can double-tap a formula/title and add it to my favourites.  This makes all my favorite formulas accessible with only one click
  • the developer (Iain Munro) welcomes constructive comments and has already started development of version 1.1
  • can be used off-line

Thumbs Down

  • cost is $4.99
  • no pictures or diagrams – only words
  • inadequate instructions on how to use some of the more complex formulas (e.g. emissions, hand & arm vibration)
  • formulas use metric units, with no apparent ability to convert units to accommodate USA users
  • we would never use many of the formulas

Overall Rating

  • USA users  ♥♥            
  • Canada users  ♥♥♥       

¹ Descriptions courtesy of Apple Inc.

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