Safety App Of Week

March 3, 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.

“Safety John”

Official Description  

“Safety John is a reporting App for Workplace Safety Management.  With Safety John users can create hazard reports and send them via email.   With in the Hazard report; users record the hazard information , including photos or video, the initial risk of their hazard and may record their suggested or actual controls in the report with an updated risk rating.  Once finished just send vial email.  All reports are one page PDF.

Great uses for this App include Hazard or Near miss reporting, General Risk Assessments of hazards in the workplace and documentation and archiving of this data in a timely and cost effective manner.1

Thumbs Up

  • download the app for free – then register before you can use the app
  • easy navigation – simple to use without instructions
  • new users get their first 20 reports free
  • purchase additional reports (from $8.99 /10 reports  to  $94.99 / 500 reports)  
  • a la carte purchase program where you buy only what you need
  • there’s no expiration date on your prepaid reports
  • available in 9 languages
  • reports are easily customized using the “settings” tab
  • the only report that is currently available is the “Hazard Report” – in the future they intend to develop “Near Miss”, “Injury/Incident”, and “Job Safety Analysis (JSA)” reports
  • their current “Hazard Report” is outstanding (the best we’ve seen) – it includes:  auto GPS prefill, auto location prefill, up to 3 videos/photos, and an automatic risk analysis calculator.  In fact, this “Hazard Report” is so good, we will never again use paper and pens when making inspections, we’ll be exclusively using the Safety John app from this day forward!
  • email completed reports to one address – the completed PDF reports you email look terrific
  • the “Hazard Report” is a must have for every construction safety specialist

Thumbs Down

  • charging an extra $2.99 to be able to email completed reports to more than one person, and $8.99 to customize the risk matrix is unjustified and feels like “piling on” – hey developer, just charge for the extra reports and leave it at that
  • no email prefill ability – you have to manually key in each email address 

Overall Rating

  • iPad – ♥♥♥
  • iPhone – not available
  • Android – not available
  • This “Hazard Report” is the best safety hazard- survey/hazard-assessment app that we’ve seen 

¹ Descriptions courtesy of  iTunes

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