Safety App Of The Week

May 11, 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.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Tutorial

Official Description  

“The Psychological First Aid (PFA) Tutorial provides a quick and thorough review for those who have previously received training to provide PFA. First responders, health care providers, mental health providers, MRC volunteers, students, and others will find this an easy to use resource while in the field following a traumatic event, natural disaster, public health emergency, act of terrorism, or personal crisis.

Key Features:

* Reviews the four core actions of PFA providers:
– Promote Safety
– Promote Calm and Comfort
– Promote Connectedness
– Promote Self Empowerment
* Reviews ways to engage with disaster survivors in a supportive manner
* Lists common reactions to traumatic events
* Outlines how to recognize when a referral to a mental health provider or other provider is indicated
* Practice scenarios provide an opportunity to check understanding
* Reviews self-care actions appropriate for PFA providers and responders before, during and after responding to an emergency event1


Thumbs Up

  • cost is free
  • technically very well done


Thumbs Down

  • visually boring – no photos,videos, audio, or graphics

Overall Rating

  • iPad / iPhone  –  ♥♥♥♥
  • Android –  ♥♥♥♥
  • Overall – I have worked at companies that had on-the-job fatalities.  After a gruesome fatality, the accident witnesses and co-workers of the diseased need to receive psychological counseling in order to better cope with the trauma of seeing a co-worker seriously injured while on the job.  Fortunately, the companies I worked for had the financial ability to bring in highly qualified (and expensive) grief counselors to meet with our employees.  However, not every company can afford this.  Also, some employers are located in remote areas and my not have immediate access to qualified councilors.  In these cases, this app will provide valuable guidance on how to help grieving employees.

¹ Description courtesy of  iTunes

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