New iPhone/iPad app from National Library of Information: WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders)
June 14, 2010 | 7:55 am
By Paul Biba
This is important stuff so I reprint the Resource Shelf article in full:
Here’s a real world example of how wireless access can provide users with important information from a number of sources at when and where needed.
The database is named WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and it’s now available as an app for the iPhone/iPad.
The APP is new and NOT the database. WISER has been available in various formats for at least four years. The service comes from NLM (National Library of Medicine) – SIS (Specialized Information Services).
The new app is free and can be download for free from the app store using this link.
WISER is a tool to assist emergency responders with hazardous material (hazmat) incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on chemical, biological, and radiological agents, including substance identification, physical characteristics, human health and emergency medical treatment information, and containment and suppression assistance.
Other Ways to Access WISER:
1. Standalone application application on Windows Mobile devices, Palm OS PDAs, and Microsoft Windows PCs. Download using a link on the WISER homepage.
2. WebWISER (Went Live in 2009)
This version should also work on mobile browsers.
A native app for Blackberry is coming soon.
More info and links to training materials and an email list are available on the homepage.
Where Does the Info in the WISER Database Come From?
The FAQ is worth reading and includes the following list of data providers:
+ DOT Emergency Response Guidebook
+ U.S. Coast Guard, CHRIS Manual – Chemical Hazards Response Information System
+ NFPA Fire Protection Guide to Hazardous Materials
+ NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
+ EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
+ POISINDEX(R) Information System, Micromedex, Inc., CCIS
+ TOMES(R) Information System, Micromedex, Inc., CCIS
+ ACGIH Guidelines for Selection of Chemical Protective Clothing
+ American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists TLVs & BEIs
* Association of American Railroads, Emergency Handling of Hazardous Materials in Surface Transportation