Top 5 Free Safety Apps for Landscape Contractors

Author, Drew Garcia, Vice President, Landscape Group, Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc.

Mobile devices have become an invaluable tool for many people, on the job. They provide access to contacts, email and applications (i.e., apps) that can make work a lot simpler and safer for landscapers. We researched the top apps that boost worker safety. In no particular order, here are the top 5 free safety applications for the landscape industry.

OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool
This app allows workers and supervisors to monitor the heat index for any jobsite.  By utilizing the apps features any user can get a reminder about the proper safety precautions and proactive measures that should be taken under the given conditions. It is available in both English and Spanish (to access Spanish, set phone language to Spanish).

Red Cross First Aid
This app provides access to information on how to properly handle first aid emergencies. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Chemical Safety Data Sheets - ICSC
This concise app offers searchable information on substances, delivered in a simple manner. It is only available in English.

NIOSH Sound Level Meter
This app quickly monitors the level of noise exposure in order to judge and evaluate if further testing is needed. It is available in both English and Spanish.

NIOSH Ladder Safety
This interactive ladder safety application is used to assist the worker in positioning a ladder at an optimal angle. It is available in both English and Spanish.

There are many applications employers can use on devices to help improve their safety program, formalize trainings, and consolidate information. 

If you use an application (with or without a fee), we would like to hear about it, so we can share with all of our safety-minded clients. Please send your feedback to Alyssa Burley,