Occupational Health
APPS, TOOLS and CALCULATORS

Long popular with workers and workplaces OHCOW apps, tools and calculators translate knowledge into action
by defining a problem and/or contributing to solutions.
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APPS

The following apps are available for your smartphones and tablets to help you work safer and smarter.
They are available through both the Apple and Google stores using the buttons provided.

StressAssess is a free, evidence-based online survey tool designed to assist workplaces in identifying psychosocial hazards that can lead to stress and mental injury, providing suggestions and pathways to address them, thus preventing harm.

It is simple to use, fosters a team approach, and includes a Wizard to support preparation, implementation and subsequent problem solving.

StressAssess is particularly timely given the recognition of Chronic Mental Stress as compensable in Ontario beginning January 1, 2018.

Plus reducing stress and promoting Workplace Mental Health is good business on many levels.

Screenshot of the opening screen of the StressAssess app

Screenshot of a question screen from the OHCOW StressAssess App

Screenshot of a question screen from the OHCOW StressAssess App

Screenshot of the results screen from the OHCOW StressAssess App

Screenshot of your score screen from the OHCOW StressAssess App

Screenshot of the history screen from the OHCOW StressAssess App

Download StressAssess for your device using the buttons below:

Our app is now available on Google Play
Download on the App Store

StressAssess was produced in cooperation with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

The app guides you through 12 distinct health and safety topics prompting you to:

describe the hazard   •   identify its source/cause   •   and to provide your ideas on how to fix it.

It also allows you to take pictures and mark them up with circles and arrows if needed and then create a PDF report which can be emailed to your organization’s workplace health and safety contacts for follow-up.

Prevention resource links are provided so that you can learn more about various hazards, the associated risks, along with ideas on what changes could be made to improve workplace conditions.

A screenshot of the opening screen of OHCOW's Hazard Assess app

A screenshot of the hazards screen of OHCOW's Hazard Assess app

A screenshot of the hazards screen of OHCOW's Hazard Assess app

A screenshot of the Results screen of OHCOW's Hazard Assess app

A screenshot of the Results screen of OHCOW's Hazard Assess app

A screenshot of the History screen of OHCOW's Hazard Assess app

Download HazardAssess for your device using the buttons below:

Our app is now available on Google Play
Download on the App Store

StressAssess was produced in cooperation with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

Indoor air quality issues at work can be caused or aggravated by a number of factors. The interrelationships between these factors can be quite complex. By answering questions about your environment, symptoms, workplace stress levels, and allergies, you can help identify issues which may be related to the air quality in your workplace. This app will look for links and provide you with some ideas to help address these air quality issues.  Plus you can share the results to raise awareness and start a discussion about IAQ solutions in your workplace.

AirAssess consists of three scientifically recognized questionnaires on the indoor environment (air quality), job strain (stress), and asthma symptom screening. The app, and the tips provided, are based on the work OHCOW, who have used these surveys in a large number of workplaces over the past several years.

A screenshot of the opening screen from OHCOW's Air Assess App

A screenshot of the Questions screen from OHCOW's Air Assess App

A screenshot of a question screen from OHCOW's Air Assess App

A screenshot of the Tips screen from OHCOW's Air Assess App

A screenshot of the Tips screen from OHCOW's Air Assess App

A screenshot of the Action Plan screen from OHCOW's Air Assess App

Download AirAssess for your devices using the buttons below:

Our app is now available on Google Play
Download on the App Store

AirAssess was produced in cooperation with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

This app delivers a simple ergonomic assessment by running through a series of diagrams and questions to:

•  pinpoint musculoskeletal pain   •   identify possible sources   •   discover practical solutions

–  right from your smartphone!

The results are depicted on a body map, with recommendations to address work-related MSD hazards that could be contributing to your discomfort.
No personal data is collected, but summary results can be shared with others (at your discretion) in order to report hazards or foster solutions.

While a professional ergonomic assessment is considered the most effective way to address work-related discomfort, this app is a good first step to help you recognize the signs of MSD and take action for prevention.

A screenshot of the opening screen of OHCOW's PainPoint app

A screenshot of the Body Map screen of OHCOW's PainPoint app

A screenshot of the Left Knee screen of OHCOW's PainPoint app

A screenshot of the Neck screen of OHCOW's PainPoint app

A screenshot of the Exposure Questions screen of OHCOW's PainPoint app

A screenshot of the Result screen of OHCOW's PainPoint app

Download PainPoint for your device using the buttons below:

Our app is now available on Google Play
Download on the App Store

PainPoint was produced in cooperation with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

TOOLS

The following tools are available to help you work safer and smarter.
Most of them are Excel spreadsheets, with detailed instructions provided.

Irregular work shifts are now commonplace in many industries and the standard eight-hour work day/40 hour work week (which has been the basis for the time-weighted average (TWA) occupational exposure limits) is often not the reality. To address this change, exposure standard adjustments have increasingly become an essential component in workplace exposure assessment.

Brought to you by OHCOW, and the Occupational Disease Action Plan Contributors, this tool* allows the calculation of the adjusted workplace exposure limit for an unusual or extended work shift which has been adapted using the methodology set out in the Guide for the Adjustment of Permissible Exposure Values for Unusual Work Schedules (March 2015), published by Quebec’s Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST).

Instructions for use are provided at the bottom of the Tool’s Intro page by clicking on the “Important” arrow.

A practical tool, developed by OHCOW, designed to create an efficient and organized way to complete QEC assessments.

The tool allows users to document tasks of different jobs and identify the resulting exposure levels. The tool has been formatted to colour the resulting exposure level cells based on the original tool reference guide (low, moderate, high, very high).

The tool will be particularly helpful to workplaces who implement solutions to address the identified hazards. Users are able to document before and after scenarios and compare the exposure levels to ensure that the intended reduction in exposure levels has occurred.

IMPORTANT NOTE
This spreadsheet tool has been designed for use with Microsoft Excel 2007.
Using the tool in earlier versions of Excel will be functional, however, it will lose some of the colour formatting associated with the exposure levels and the legend.
If users are using earlier versions of Excel, they are encouraged to refer to the QEC Reference Guide for the associated exposure levels.
The colour coding of the total exposure scores will be incorrect, but the actual numerical score will be accurate.

Risk Assessment for Office Workstations

A picture-based checklist used to quantify exposure to risk factors in an office environment.

An action level for change based on the reports of the workers discomforts is provided upon completion.

A Posture Risk Assessment Tool

A workplace risk assessment tool that evaluates the exposure of workers to ergonomic risk factors associated with upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders.

Repetitive Work Involving Hands and Wrists

A workplace risk assessment tool used to evaluate the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder to the hand, wrist, and elbow.

A Workbook and Template for Completing Physical Demands Descriptions

A document that objectively captures and describes the physical demands that are required to perform a particular job.

CALCULATORS

The following tools are available to help you work safer and smarter.
Most of them are Excel spreadsheets, with detailed instructions provided.

Recommended Measurements for Office Configurations

The following tool was developed for workplace parties to identify potential sources that could lead to the development of musculoskeletal disorders.

By entering the physical dimensions of a person’s body segments, as well as the height settings of their office equipment,
you can determine sources of mis-match between a worker and their equipment.

The Office Ergonomic Calculator also provides generic recommendations to help reduce the risk of injury.

The tool includes:

Simple instructions to follow as well as a tutorial on How to Perform Office Ergonomic Measurements.

Opportunity for changes to be re-evaluated once implemented to ensure compliance with the current ergonomic standards.

Unique ID key that allows for the assessment to be saved and sent to an OHCOW ergonomist to review.

 

Determining Body Length Segments

Anthropometrics is the science of measuring the size and proportions of the human body, especially as applied to the design of furniture and machines.

The “AnthroCalculator” was created to provide quick access to most body segment dimensions that pertain to ergonomics.

A Bio-Mechanical Model for Lifting and Lowering Weight Limits

A workplace risk assessment tool used to calculate the overall risk index for single and multiple manual lifting tasks.

Note:  The button below takes you to the CCOHS website.

*Ergonomic-related Apps, Tools and Calculators are highlighted with an asterisk
You can also view our Ergonomic Apps, Tools and Calculators page.

Have questions or problems using any of these apps, tools or calculators?

Contact OHCOW for help.

One of our technical specialists will get back to you as soon as possible.