Safety App Of The Week

April 13, 2015 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.

USW Safety

Official Description  

“The USW Safety app is designed as an easy and accessible chemical safety reference for workers.

Search the New Jersey Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) database by chemical name, DOT number, CAS number, or RTK Substance number to view the entire fact sheet.  This includes information on workplace exposure limits, health hazards, workplace controls, personal protective equipment, handling and storage, and emergency information.

Flip through an electronic version of the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards or search for a chemical by name in the index to view its properties, exposure limits, recommended personal protective equipment and first aid.

For workers who need more information, the final section of the app uses the locator feature to display contact information for the nearest United Steelworkers district office and the OSHA district office. 1


Thumbs Up

  • cost is free
  • looks good
  • easy to search
  • well organized
  • can search MSDS’s by: chemical name, DOT #, CAS #, RTK substance #
  • works off-line


Thumbs Down

  • no instructions provided
  • can’t email MSDSs or NIOSH chemical data
  • text size of MSDSs is too small. no ability to zoom


Overall Rating

  • iPad / iPhone  –  ♥♥♥
  • Android –  Not available
  • Overall – not perfect, but very usable – one of the few apps that provides MSDSs


¹ Description courtesy of  iTunes

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