Keeping the environment protected
Sheila Pantry, OBE
Sometimes world events push other major topics down the agenda, but we must not lose sight of efforts needed to protect the environment. Many new pieces of legislation and new advisory documents are constantly being produced by competent authorities such as the European Environment Agency, the UK Environment Agency, and the European Commission.
The full text of these documents and pieces of legislation are brought together in Environment Plus which gives access to quality information to help businesses and those in the manufacturing to keep up-to-date.
This month's FOCUS article is about Worldwide work-related fatalities reaching 2 million annually. When are these figures going to go down? Everyone has a right to go to work and return home completely intact!
OSHWORLD's regular pages are constantly updated, with new events planned as far ahead as 2005 in the Diary of Events which lists training courses, symposiums and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects. Remember that even if you cannot attend these many events, speakers and organisers are often willing to share their knowledge. Look at the details - where possible I add in the web sites of these events so you can request further information. And do let me know if you are organising any occupational safety, health, and environment events so that I can add them to the Diary.
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Remind everyone to make 2002 a zero accident and incident-free year in your workplace.