The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are going mobile. Well not the whole organization, but one of its bestselling and most used document is going mobile. Since its first printing in 1978, the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) has been printed annually since 1978. NIOSH will be offering - drumroll please - a FREE mobile version. For all of you who are unfamiliar with the NPG – shame on you. The NPG provides general descriptive, exposure, and protective and emergency recommendations for 677 chemicals commonly found in the work environment. Workers, employers, and occupational health professionals all use the NPG in the course of their work and often in emergency situations. Fire fighters, for example, use the NPG to prepare themselves for exposures they might encounter on fire scenes. Of course the NPG will still be available in print.
Why go mobile? The current printed pocket guide is a 424 page, 3 inch by 7 inch, pocket-sized book. This can be rather unwieldy at times. Also there is a growing demand for the NPG in a mobile version that could offer users more convenience and flexibility. The younger generations of Health & Safety Professionals demand this type of technology and flexibility.
Right now NIOSH is asking all of us who use the NPG for our help. NIOSH would like to know how you would like to have the mobile NPG’s content presented, organized and what functions you would like to see in a mobile version. To read more and more importantly make comments, go to
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