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Reference Shelf

Everyday Occupational Safety, Health, Fire, Chemical and Environment information seekers need quick access to reliable sources of validated and authoritative information. Much time can be spent searching for the "nugget" of information which you know exists but can be most elusive.

Most information centres have "Reference Shelves" where a collection of handbooks, directories, list of acronyms and lists of organisations are located.

OSHWORLD's Reference Shelf collection aims to give you this type of information - we have collected together the following references sources for you to quickly link to and search:

  1. Abbreviations and Acronyms
  2. Bookshops
  3. Buyers Guide
  4. Glossary
  5. Legislation - UK
  6. Legislation - European Union
  7. Legislation - ILO Conventions and Recommendations
  8. Legislation - Other countries
  9. Organisations
  10. Specifications

These sources are also listed in the Country and Subject Links in OSHWORLD.

Suggestions for additions to the Reference Shelf are always welcomed. E-mail:

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Fire-related Abbreviations and Acronyms (FRAA)
Compiled by Sheila Pantry OBE BA FCLIP

Health and Safety Executive, UK
There are two publications from the UK Health and Safety Executive Information Services which will help those seeking clarity on abbreviations and acronyms used by the Health and Safety Executive and Commission. (HSE/C).

Produced by the ILO (International Labour Office) Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (ILO/CIS) in Geneva. It contains worldwide acronyms, abbreviations and brief descriptions relevant to the OSHE world.

Produced by the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency this List of Acronyms and Abbreviations will help those seeking American definitions, terms and abbreviations.


TSO Shop

Buyers Guide
Buyers guide for practitioners who need safety, health, environment, fire, chemicals, protective equipment and other products. Contains two major sources of information - alphabetical list of suppliers and list of products.

Glossary of Terms on Chemical Safety from the International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) which is a joint venture of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The language of chemical safety is drawn from many sources. These include medicine, toxicology, pharmacology, epidemiology, ecotoxicity and environmental pollution. Its terminology has developed in an unstructured manner with proliferation into multiple terms, some with overlapping, alternative, or even ambiguous meanings. To facilitate international communication and comprehension this Glossary of Terms on Chemical Safety has been produced. It does not claim to be an exhaustive compilation nor a definitive list of approved terms, but because language and terminology are not static the compilers welcome suggestions for additions and improvements.

Legislation - UK
Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) offers the full text legislation from 1987.
The full text of the UK legislation has been made available on the OPSI web site usually immediately after publication in Parliament; so you can check the OPSI on regular basis, by title of the act or the statutory instrument number and year, or a keyword. These are freely available in full text, e.g. The Asbestos (Prohibitions) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 Statutory Instruments 1999/2373 ISBN 0110851676. All acts from 1987 and Statutory Instruments from 1988 are available on the web site. There are separate pages for Scottish, Northern Ireland and Welsh legislation.

Legislation - European Union

European Commission EUR-LEX portal
Details of European legislation, publications including the Official Journal of the European Union which is updated daily, links to other Commission sites.

European Agency for Safety and Health
Has links to the European Commission legislation and also to each of the Member States' legislation. Also contains links to Australia, Canada, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway, USA legislation. Note that the legislation appears in the language of that country.

Legislation - ILO Conventions and Recommendations
The International Labour Organisation's site contains the Conventions and Recommendations which are continually being developed. Contains the full text of these documents.

Legislation - Other countries
Governments around the world on the web.
Lists government websites from over 220 countries. Classified under Worldwide Governments, European Governments, African Governments, American Governments, Asian Governments, Oceanian Governments. There are some multi-government institutions also listed.

List of organisations, governments, associations, trade and technical associations, trade unions listed under country and then alphabetically by name. Major organisations listed in each country including the ILO Health and Safety Information Centres.
Organisations concerned with Health and Safety, published by the Health and Safety Executive, UK. Lists organisations, associations and others both in the UK and internationally.
International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centres (CIS) and its National and Collaborating Centres which are located all over the world. The goal of this Network is to help its members and the rest of the world to find information from the participating countries on subjects related to occupational safety and health (OSH). The CIS Centres Information Network can be accessed in three languages (English, French and Spanish).


American National Standards Institute

British Standards Institution

European Committee for Standardization

ILI - Informe London Information

International Standards Organisation

National Fire Prevention Association