Safety App Of The Week

April 8, 2013 No Comments

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

Manual Handling

Description  

“Safer manual handling is in your hands! This 15 minute training video offers a best practice approach to safer manual handling. It demonstrates effective manual handling techniques for lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling most loads safely and easily.  It covers:

  • A background to manual handling
  • The body & manual handling
  • The TILE approach for assessing manual handling tasks
  • The principles of manual handling
  • Techniques for safer manual handling
  • The role staff play in safer manual handling.”1

Thumbs Up

  • Cost is only $2.00
  • No registration or sign in required.
  • Well organized – easy and logical to use without any instruction.
  • Six short videos on material handling,  the length of videos are just short enough so you can use them on the work-floor or job-site.
  • Good audio & excellent high definition picture.
  • The 8 principles of material handling were well done.
  • Can be used off-line.

Thumbs Down

  • Videos focus primarily on the simplistic task of lifting a box.  Would have liked to see other lifting scenarios.
  • Produced and made in Ireland.  The narrator’s accent and some of the terms may be distracting to USA or Canadian viewers.
  • Mostly filmed in retail and office settings.  This would likely be a turn off to manufacturing and construction viewers.
  • Most of the material presented was just common sense – we didn’t learn much new information by viewing these videos.  But there is some value in reminding employees of important lifting principles that they likely already know.

Overall Rating

  • iPad – ♥♥♥

¹ Descriptions courtesy of Apple Inc.

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