App for NIOSH Pocket Guide Now Available

Published July 20, 2016

​On Thursday, NIOSH launched a new mobile app version of its Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards is a source of general industrial hygiene information on more than 600 widely used chemicals for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The guide, which was first developed more than 40 years ago, is intended to help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards.

NIOSH’s new app works on any mobile device with an HTML5-compliant web browser and can be used offline. Users can search the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards mobile web app by chemical name, trade name or synonym, DOT number, and CAS number. The app also allows users to save chemical records as “favorites” for later use, and control which data about a given chemical are displayed. Links to IDLH as well as NIOSH and OSHA methods are available in the app; however, accessing this information requires a data connection. NIOSH’s press release seeks to alleviate any privacy concerns, stating that no data is sent between users’ devices and NIOSH other than the initial download and updates.

“The development of this app takes us into the 21st-century world of knowledge dissemination and allows quicker access to information that can keep workers safer on the job,” said NIOSH Director John Howard.

For more information or to download the mobile NIOSH Pocket Guide, visit NIOSH’s website.