A new mobile app aims to educate young workers about workplace safety by awarding users with basic safety knowledge certificates. The young workers can then present the certificates to current or potential employers as a way to demonstrate their ability to be a safe worker.
The app, SafeMe, was created by the Washington Retail Associationthrough a $177,426.00 grant by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ Safety and Health Investment Projects Grant Program. The project provides young workers with “streamlined and understandable courses on basic workplace safety.” Topics include proper lifting, forklift safety, ladder safety, PPE, fire safety, material handling, slips, trips and falls, box and utility knives, and tag fastener safety. Each course is approximately 10 minutes long.
The project addresses the need for entry-level workers to have “better basic safety training as they begin to join the workforce.” According to NIOSH, 375 workers less than 24 years old died from work-related injuries in 2012.
The mobile app can be downloaded through the iTunes or the GooglePlay store.
Originally published March 6, 2017.