Safety App Of The Week

February 24, 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.

Safe Lifting Calculator

Official Description  

“Oregon OSHA’s Easy Lift app uses a modified version of the NIOSH lifting equation to give the user a maximum safe weight for various lifting scenarios.

——Step 1: Indicate where your lift begins.

——Step 2: Estimate the number of lifts per minute and the hours of lifting per day.

——Step 3: The app calculates the maximum safe lifting weight.1

Thumbs Up

  • cost is free
  • no registration or sign in required
  • super simple to use – only three screens (see above)
  • visually interesting
  • fun, FUN
  • fast – it takes only 10 to 15 seconds to make a lifting calculation
  • based on the NIOSH lifting equation
  • accurate – produced fairly similar results to those attained with the LiftRight app
  • great for use by employees and supervisors 
  • can be used off-line

Thumbs Down

  • the app “hung up” a couple of times when used in rapid succession – slow down and you should be OK
  • for critical ergonomic lifting surveys safety professionals / industrial hygienists / ergonomists will want to use the more comprehensive and precise LiftRight app in place of this overly simplistic app

Overall Rating

  • iPad/iPhone – ♥♥♥♥♥
  • Android ♥♥♥♥♥


¹ Descriptions courtesy of Apple Inc.

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