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OSH UPDATE + FIRE Newsletter

No. 4 – June 2019
Edited by Sheila Pantry OBE


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.

NB currently 1,152,545 records including 113,309 full text documents – bigger than most Health, Safety and Fire Information Centres and Libraries.

How to check for the number of new records and range of topics that have been entered into OSH UPDATE + FIRE each month

The 26 databases that make 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.

You can also check the amount and range of topics/subjects added. For instance, if you wish to know about all items that have been added to OSH UPDATE + FIRE in May 2019 then continue as follows:

  • On the main menu page click on SEARCH then scroll down the left-hand box to UPDATE DATE
  • Enter 201905 and click on SEARCH
  • A list of 1321 titles will appear (as of 18/6/2019)
  • The very latest including forthcoming documents to be published in 2020 will appear
  • The titles are arranged in alphabetical order ignoring The, An,A, etc.
  • If numbers are at the beginning of the title they will be listed before any alphabetical title
  • Click onto the title that will be shown in red lettering and the full reference plus authors, titles of journals, date of publication, volumes, part numbers, publication year, description of record, e.g. journal article, book, conference proceedings, standard etc. will be listed
  • An abstract is usually added, plus descriptors to additionally describe the content of the documents
  • Sometimes extra details are added in the Notes section
  • The URL will give the link to the full text or will say FULL TEXT for you to click onto
  • An Accession No. is also quoted, e.g. Accession No inb8096
    This you can save in a list and quickly enter it back into the Search box should you wish to retrieve the same record again
  • Finally, there is the update number of the items that have been added during May 2019

Help Tips

Enter the words or phrases you are looking for in the Search Terms boxes as appropriate.

  • You may include Boolean and other search operators for greater flexibility.
  • Click on Index to select terms from the index of currently used terms for a field.
  • Use Search to display the matching results.
  • Use Reset to remove the terms you’ve entered and start again.
  • Use Main Menu to return to the Main Menu without doing a search.

Bibliographic and Full Text Documents

We are updating on a continuous basis as new data comes in.

Note: The records in the bibliographic databases are increasing linking direct to the full text... please note that the URL field will have either GO TO FULL TEXT or have a URL link to the full text.

FOCUS on Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) database

For 100 years, UK-based RoSPA has been quietly working behind the scenes to change both legislation and attitudes surrounding accidents. From the compulsory wearing of seatbelts and the campaign to stop drink driving, to the Cycling Proficiency Test and to the more recent ban on handheld mobile phones behind the wheel, RoSPA has been instrumental in shaping our society for the better, preventing millions of deaths and serious injuries along the way.

As a registered charity, RoSPA is committed to continuing this legacy of change. Through the varied activities – campaigning, carrying out research, influencing legislation, informing and educating, auditing and providing expert consultancy to businesses RoSPA has maintained the position as the leading advocate for the wellbeing of families everywhere, helping to put an end to unnecessary suffering at work, on the road, in the home, and at leisure – a unique combination not found elsewhere.

RoSPA strives to achieve their vision: Life, free from serious accidental injury.

The UK Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Information Services database contains references to UK and Worldwide health and safety legislation, codes of practice, circulars, reviews, reports, journal and newsletter articles and conference proceedings.

There are also references to RoSPA’s own publications and journals including Care on the Road, The RoSPA Occupational Safety and Health Journal, Safety Express and Staying Alive. Subjects include water safety, road safety, management of road risks, home safety as well as the wider health and safety topics and industry sectors.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
Information Services
RoSPA House
28 Calthorpe Road
Birmingham B15 1RP

Tel: +44 (0)121 248 2066

RoSPA General Information: +44 (0)121 248 2000



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