Safety App Of The Week

January 13, 2014 No Comments

Below is this week’s “Safety App of the Week“.  Every Monday we publish an article that reviews and rates a new workplace safety app.  Our testing is done on Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3s.  We rate each app from to ♥♥♥♥♥ (♥♥♥♥♥ is the best).  Prior app of the week articles are archived here.

iOSHA 1910 e-Reference

Official Description  

“The iOSHA e-Reference 29 CFR 1910 General Industry app provides Health, Safety and Environmental professionals (HS&E) access to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s regulations under 29 CFR 1903 (Inspections, Citations & Proposed Penalties), 1904 (Recording & Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness) and 1910 on worker health and safety for General Industry using their iOS device. Whether in the field or in a meeting, view the latest information from RSS Feeds, along with safety regulations and interpretation letters quickly and easily.1

Thumbs Up

  • no instructions, but navigation is fairly intuitive
  • links to OSHA’s – general industry standard, record keeping standard, letters of interpretation, most frequently cited standards, Quick Takes, and OSHA news
  • bookmark your favorite OSHA standards
  • add your own notes to any standard
  • email regulation content


Thumbs Down

  • too many distracting advertisements for iOSHA’s other products on this app
  • little original content, mostly just a bunch of links (RSS feeds) to the website
  • few photos or graphics, mostly only words – many of the words were difficult to read because of their low contrast 
  • we were surprised that this app does not work off-line, that’s basically the main advantage it would have had over the website
  • even though we purchased this app for $10.99, we plan to continue to use the website instead of this app 

Overall Rating

  • iPad/iPhone –  ♥♥♥
  • Android –  the developer’s website says the Android version will be available late 2013, it’s now January 2014 and it’s not yet available

¹ Descriptions courtesy of Apple Inc.

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