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OSH UPDATE + FIRE Newsletter

No. 3 – March 2019
Edited by Sheila Pantry OBE


Welcome to the third OSH UPDATE + FIRE Newsletter. We hope that you find OSH UPDATE + FIRE useful in your work. It is arguably the largest collection in the world at the subscription prices offered. The collection contains both full text and bibliographic content in the databases.

N.B. It currently contains 1,150,216 records including 111,463 full text documents – bigger than most Health, Safety and Fire Information Centres and Libraries. We are updating on a continuous basis as new data comes in.

The subject content of OSH UPDATE + FIRE

The 26 databases that makes up OSH UPDATE + FIRE cover a very wide range of topics covering all industries and workplaces. See the introduction to each of the individual databases on the home page.

FOCUS on the two US NIOSH databases

There are two databases from the United States National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within OSH UPDATE+ FIRE – NIOSHTIC and NIOSHTIC-2.

NIOSHTIC is the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) first electronic, bibliographic database of literature in the field of occupational safety and health.

About 160 current (at the time), English language technical journals provided approximately 35 percent of the additions to NIOSHTIC annually. Retrospective information, some of which is from the 19th century, was also acquired and entered.

Because NIOSH examines all aspects of adverse effects experienced by workers, much of the information contained in NIOSHTIC has been selected from sources that do not have a primary occupational safety and health orientation. Types of information selected include behavioural sciences; biochemistry; physiology and metabolism; toxicology; pathology and histology; chemistry, control technology; education and training; epidemiological studies of diseases and disorders; ergonomics; health physics; occupational medicine; safety; hazardous waste; effects of the working environment on workers.

In 1998 NIOSHTIC ceased publication but is still very useful and so is available within OSH UPDATE + FIRE. It contains 211,526 records.

NIOSHTIC-2 was created and is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, supported in whole or in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

NIOSHTIC-2 is updated continuously. At a minimum, each citation contains the authors name or names, the title, and sufficient source information to facilitate retrieval, including the publication name, publication date, publication number(s), and pagination. Abstracts, key terms and links to full text are also provided when available. Additional citation information may be available under the "Full View" option.

NIOSHTIC-2 at the time of writing contains 62,800 occupational safety and health information resource citations. Each month approximately 70 current citations are added with an annual yearly yield over 800 new current NIOSH funded citations. Retrospective material is also added at about the same rate resulting in a total annual increase of approximately 1,600 citations. A significant portion of the citations (39,000) date from 1971 to the present. An additional 13,800 resources in NIOSHTIC-2 are publications dating from the 1930s to the present from the NIOSH Mining Safety & Health Research Laboratories (formerly the U. S. Bureau of Mines).


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Document Types

NIOSH-Numbered Publications

Health Hazard Evaluations/Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance (HETA) reports are the result of the NIOSH hazard evaluation and technical assistance program which provides, upon request, medical, nursing, and industrial hygiene technical and consultative assistance to Federal, state, and local agencies, labor, industry.

Control Technology (CT) reports examine the most current methods for controlling exposures in the workplace.

Industrywide Studies (IW) reports assess whether occupational exposures of selected worker groups are associated with adverse health consequences.

Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) reports have focused primarily on selected electrical- and confined space-related fatalities.

Contract reports are generated primarily from an agreement between NIOSH and a nongovernmental organization and typically involve scientific research.

NIOSH Sponsored Grant reports are similar to contract reports but generally are conducted by academic institutions.

NIOSH Training Documents were developed by NIOSH for use in its training courses or for use by other occupational safety and health educators. Some of these are outdated manuals, but still contain pertinent information.

NIOSH Testimonies are given at the Department of Labor or Congressional hearings.

Miscellaneous NIOSH reports are those documents produced by NIOSH that do not fit into any of the above categories.

NIOSH Authored Journal Articles, Books, Symposia, etc. are reports or books and/or book chapters written by NIOSH authors that appear in the scientific literature either in U.S. or foreign journals or book.

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