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NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards App

Friday, September 11, 2015

NIOSH recently sought out Industrial Hygienists to Beta test their new mobile NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards web application. The Pocket Guide is a source of general IH information on 677 widely used chemicals for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The guide is intended to help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards.

NIOSH’s new mobile app is usable on any device with an HTML5-capable Web browser and has been optimized for iOS and Android devices. All chemical data and the appendices of the NIOSH Pocket Guide are included in the app and can be used offline. However, external resources such as “methods” require an active Internet connection to access.

NIOSH staff asked AIHA members to participate in the final round of pre-release testing of the app and provide feedback regarding its usefulness and usability. Users who installed and tested the app were asked to e-mail feedback to Joseph Cauley at NIOSH (uzc9@cdc.gov) by Sept. 1, 2015. However, the Beta version of the app is still available. See how to install below.

Installing the App on Your Device

To install the mNPG app, forward the link www.cdc.gov/niosh/z-lab-945/saltlakecity to either an iPhone or Android device and tap the link to begin installation. Approximately 1.5 megabytes of data files will be downloaded to your device, using HTML5 local storage technology. All NPG chemical data and the appendices are included in the app and can be used offline. External resources such as “Methods” are not included in the download and require an active Internet connection to access. The mNPG app should launch immediately after installation. 

Configuring the App to Your Device

The app can be launched from the home screen of your device. To enable this, go to the bookmarks menu of the Web browser. Find “add to home screen” and tap. In addition to making the app more convenient to get to, launching the app this way will remove the Web browser window for better display.

For more information on the app and how to install/use, go to AIHA

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