I looked at Quartzy at one time. I thought it was nice. This parse site was presented to me and at first I was skeptical, but once I got in to it I found that I could do as much with parse as with any commercial product, and it?s free. I look at databases in a simple way. You need to be able to put data in (easy enough). You need to be able to manipulate/change data. And you need to be able to query data. If you can add security on top of that - that?s perfect.
What I showed you all yesterday does all of that. You never really interact with the database (though I of course can - and that is a bit powerful). None of my users see the actual data (I?m the only one). Most just query data. Only a few of us are administrators who can add/change data. It?s very powerful - really as good as anything I?ve used commercially. Realize that I have unlimited users (as opposed to commercial sites where you pay per user), and I have control of the data (it is off site - but it?s mine - not theirs - in a format I define).
Chemicals get an id on them. You do have to come up with a way to print barcodes that are scannable. Most ink jets will print labels for you - I do it using an old barcode printer. Works fine for me.
A few things I forgot to mention. To run the reports - you need to have pop-up blockers off (or allow the pop-up from my site).
Another thing is that this database is written for chemicals. But with a few changes - you could easily make it an equipment database (you can make it anything you want). So it doesn?t take a lot and you are entering beakers, etc?
I thought of using this for the total CHO package, adding training records, simple quizzes to show that people went through haz mat training, etc? I was going to have all of our students this year go to a page and put in their names and answer a quick question about our safety training. That would give me an easy database with electronic signature on when they did hazard training. Not a lot to change in the page to make that happen.
I?ll gladly help anybody with this if you?re interested. Just let me know
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