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New! (Oct 2019) Sound Level Meter App from NIOSH - An estimated 22 million workers in the United States are exposed to hazardous noise levels each year.
Allergy Alert App- provides pollen allergy index levels along with weather forecasts and allergy diary. Plan your day or think about your whole week with the five day forecasts.
Cyanobacteria App - provides information about potentially harmful algae blooms from satellite data. (More information at https://www.epa.gov/sciencematters/cyan-mobile-app-helps-communities-detect-cyanobacteria-us-water-bodies)
Heat Safety App - calculates the heat index for worksites, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. The OSHA Heat Safety Tool is available in Spanish for Android and iPhone devices. To access the Spanish version on the iPhone, set the phone language setting to Spanish before downloading the app.
Ladder Safety App - set up and use extension & step ladders more safely to prevent falls. In addition to its ladder-positioning tool for setting the ladder at the optimal angle, the app contains general ladder safety, inspection and selection guidelines, and related information. The Ladder Safety app is available free, in English or Spanish, for Apple and Android smartphones. View a video with more information.
Ultraviolet (UV) Index App - provides a daily and hourly forecast of the UV radiation levels from the sun on a 1 - 11+ scale. (Source: National Weather Service). Available for computers and smartphones!
FEMA App Allows you to receive alerts for up to 5 locations, get safety tips and send photos to emergency responders
Responder Self Care App - aids those deployed to emergency response events in maintaining their own physical, emotional, and social well-being. It provides checklists for before, during, and after deployment that help responders pack for deployment, take care of daily needs, maintain important relationships, reflect on experiences, and more. Customizable reminders ensure that critical tasks are not forgotten and tips explain why certain aspects of self care are vital. (Source: University of Minnesota, School of Public Health)
School Indoor Air Quality Assessments Mobile App – launched by EPA, this app to assist schools and districts with performing comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) facility assessments to protect the health of students and staff. The School IAQ Assessment mobile app is a "one-stop shop" for accessing guidance from EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit. It provides proven strategies for addressing critical building-related environmental health issues such as ventilation, cleaning and maintenance, environmental asthma triggers, radon, and integrated pest management. Schools that want to develop, sustain or reinvigorate their IAQ management programs can use this tool to identify and prioritize IAQ improvements. The School IAQ Assessment mobile app complements existing IAQ management programs and can become the central tracking mechanism schools and districts use to organize building assessments and prioritize IAQ improvements.
Smoke Sense App - Participate in this EPA citizen science project. This project has two broad objectives: (1) to increase awareness of the known health effects associated with exposure to wildfire smoke, and (2) to further advance the scientific understanding of that relationship, specifically to:
- Understand the subclinical health impacts of wildland fire smoke
- Discover how people protect their health during smoke exposure
- Develop effective strategies to communicate health risks from smoke exposure
Individuals who want to contribute to science can participate in the study by using the Smoke Sense app, a publicly available mobile application on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Merlin Bird ID app - What's that bird? Merlin Bird ID is a free app designed to solve the mystery. Merlin asks a few simple questions, then reveals a list of birds that match your description and are expected in your area. It's designed to make bird identification easier! (Source: Cornell University Lab of Ornithology)
Air Quality App - Check your local Local Air Quality Conditions! App provides you real-time air quality information that you can use to protect your health when planning your day. You can get location-specific reports on current air quality and air quality forecasts for both ozone and fine particle pollution (PM2.5). Air quality maps from the AIRNow website provide visual depictions of current and forecast air quality nationwide, and a page on air quality-related health effects explains what actions people can take to protect their health at different AQI levels, such as “code orange.” (Source: U.S. EPA)
Pesticide Education & Search Tool (PEST) - Designed for the general public as they search for pest control solutions, this app brings together product search functions and new pest control information in an easy-to-understand format. Users can find ways to control pests without pesticides using a strategy called integrated pest management (IPM). They can also view product formulations, ingredients, signal words, and pests controlled.
Mobile Access to Pesticides and Labels (MAPL) - Designed for the general public and applicators who need to access pesticide labels on mobile devices, this app complements EPA's computer-based Pesticide Product Label System. Users can search for pesticide products by name, use site, type of pest, EPA Registration Number, registrant, or by using a combination of these search terms.
Insect Repellent Locator (IRL) - - Designed to help the general public find information about all of the EPA-registered products to repel mosquitoes, ticks, or both.
Pesticides and Local Services (PALS) - Users can find contact information on pest control, reporting pesticide incidents, applicator licensing, pesticide disposal, and much more.
SOFTWARE & ONLINE CALCULATOR TOOLS
PARIS III - (Program for Assisting the Replacement of Industrial Solvents) Solvent Substitution Software Tool - a desktop/laptop application that allows users to find mixtures of solvents with specific physical and chemical properties, but also have relatively low environmental impacts to help users find replacements for solvent mixtures that are currently being used in industrial processes, but have dangerous environmental side effects. The theoretical basis for the PARIS III program is the observation that the properties governing solvent behavior are universal, and that the performance of each solvent is quantified by coefficients representing various physical and chemical properties (e.g., viscosity, diffusivity, activity coefficients, etc.). The solvent's features used by PARIS III include dynamic and equilibrium properties, environmental behavior (air index and environmental index), and performance and safety requirements. (Source: EPA)
Hotel Water Tool - The tool consists of two outputs: full data tables, and a searchable index. View the statistical range of the location and segment’s data for the metrics of carbon footprint per room, per occupied room, and per area unit (either square foot or square meter); hotel energy use per occupied room or per area unit; and water use per occupied room or per area unit. (Source: developed by the Cornell School of Hotel Administration)
Paper Calculator Tool -measures the environmental impacts of paper and discovering the best paper choices. Use it to quantify the impacts of your paper usage, and to compare different grades and types of paper with varying amounts of recycled content. (Source: Environmental Defense Fund)
Carbon Footprint Calculator - Select the sector to calculate the part of your lifestyle you are most interested in (house, flights, car, motorcycle, public transport, secondary), or sum all to calculate your full carbon footprint. (Source: Carbon Footprint Ltd)
Calculate Environmental Benefits - Use the Hospitality Environmental Benefits Calculator to estimate the financial and environmental benefits from sustainable practices at your hotel(s). (Source: Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA))
A collection of web sites for interactive use - Before a person can make even the smallest changes to their lifestyle, it helps to understand the environmental impact of certain choices. Online calculators are particularly helpful for figuring out how many resources a person uses and how big of an environmental footprint they have. Different calculators measure different areas. Some will figure out how much pollution a person's car contributes, while others measure the amount of paper a person uses. Other calculators look at the big picture and measure all areas. (Source: Carpaymentcalculator.net)
Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is an easy-to-use resource for purchasers, manufacturers, resellers and others wanting to find or promote electronic products with positive environmental attributes. (Source: EPA)
Waste Reduction Model (WARM) - helps solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from several different waste management practices. (Source: U.S. EPA)
Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST) - a decision support tool that facilitates integrated water management at the local or small watershed scale. Integrated water management involves coordination across multiple programs for land, water, and related resources (stormwater, wastewater, drinking water, land conservation) to find sustainable and cost-effective solutions. WMOSTv3 has an associated theoretical documentation report as well as a detailed user guide. While version 2 only included management options related to water quantity, version 3 of WMOST also includes water quality management. Users can identify least-cost solutions to meet water quality criteria for lakes or streams/rivers, pollutant loading targets, and/or minimization of combined sewer overflows. Version 3 also includes riparian buffer zone restoration or conservation, a few agricultural BMPs, and additional stormwater best management practices, both structural, such as rain gardens and nonstructural, such as street sweeping. The Hydroprocessor, a program which formats output from watershed models such as SWAT and HSPF for input to WMOST, is also included. (Source: U.S. EPA)
Healthy Homes Youth App - helps middle-schoolers learn about potential household contaminants, ranging from lead and mold to radon and volatile organic compounds. This App helps kids learn about their home's indoor environment, focusing on actions they can take to have a heathy home and learn about common hazards and what to do. Parents, caregivers and teachers can also benefit from this app.(Source: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture Healthy Homes Partnership)
SELF GUIDED LEARNING New! (November 2019) - earn Continuing Education Credits online for FREE!
FEMA's Independent Study Program contains a broad selection free, self-paced, online learning
Case Studies in Environmental Medicine from ASTDR (carbon tetrachloride, asthma, lead, and more!)
CDC Learning connection
EPA Self Learning: Wildfires
See also the CampusERC page on "EHS and Emergency Management"
AWARENESS VIDEOS/ Public Service Announcements
EPA Indoor AIr Quality: Asthma and Radon
Dear 16 year old me (youtube): skin cancer