Safety App Of The Week

September 15, 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.

Measurement, Materials & Safety

Official Description  

Nash Community College and the North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance present Measurement, Materials & Safety.

This e-learning app is Intended to help students and entry-level manufacturing professionals prepare for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Measurement, Material and Safety Level I certification exam. 

The included material presents an introduction to basic measuring devices, including rulers, calipers, micrometers, and coordinate measuring machines. It also provides basic information about shop safety equipment and techniques, machine maintenance procedures, and commonly encountered materials in a manufacturing environment.

Thumbs Up

  • cost is free
  • no registration or sign in required
  • technically correct content
  • excellent photos and graphics
  • seven different 5 to 10 minute video training topics on: PPE, lifting, housekeeping, OSHA & MSDS, hazardous materials, fire safety, and lockout/tagout
  • interactive – trainee can touch the screen during each video for even more information
  • short quizzes at the end of each training video
  • good training for both new and current employees
  • works off-line

Thumbs Down

  • videos lack a bit of production value (no music, amateur narration)
  • navigation challenging at first but you get used to it – could be better
  • only about 25% of the app is about safety
  • the MSDS section needs updating to reflect the new SDSs that have superceded MSDSs

Overall Rating

  • iPad/iPhone  – ♥♥♥♥
  • Android  –  not available
  • Overall – while designed for machine shops, these seven safety tutorials are general enough to be of value to almost every type of employer

¹ Description courtesy of  iTunes


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