New Mobile App for Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has announced the availability of a new mobile application (app) version of its longstanding Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. The app was developed as part of the Worker Health History Small National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Project Award and can be used on any device with a Web browser.

The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards has informed workers, employers, and occupational health professionals about workplace chemicals and their hazards for over forty years. The Pocket Guide gives general industrial hygiene information for hundreds of chemicals/classes and helps users recognize and control workplace chemical hazards. The new app will provide this information at the fingertips.

The new app contains all of the content from the Pocket Guide publication allowing for quick searches by chemical name, trade name or synonym, DOT number and CAS number.

A user can also store chemical records as “favorites” for later use, and control which data about a given chemical are displayed for clarity in the field. No data is sent between the user device and NIOSH other than the initial download and updates so no privacy concerns are present.

To install the mobile NIOSH Pocket Guide, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/mobilepocketguide.html?s_cid=3ni7d2NiUpdatemNPG07142016 and click or tap the “DOWNLOAD the mNPG” link. The app will require about 5 Mb of storage space on the device, and can be bookmarked like a standard web site, or optionally a shortcut to the app can be saved to your device home screen.

To visit the existing NIOSH Pocket Guide for Chemical Hazards topic page, see: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/default.html?s_cid=3ni7d2NiUpdateNPGmain07142016