Learning to keep the world safe and healthy at work
Sheila Pantry OBE
Receiving hundreds of press releases, newsletters etc on health and safety matters each year focuses one's attention on what is seen to be the current top stories aiming at keeping workers safe and healthy. The audiences of course include managers and directors - but what about our educators and their students? Do they keep up-to-date with the latest occupational safety and health (OSH) information? Have they got access to it, can their college or university libraries/learning centres afford to buy or subscribe to quality information? Or do they rely on just searching the Internet and hope that whatever they retrieve is the latest edition of legislation, guidance and advice? How can we ensure that the next generation learn from experiences of the past?
World Day of Safety and Health at Work to be held on 28 April 2007
There is still time to make preparations in your organization to draw attention to the International Labour Organization (ILO) World Day of Safety and Health at Work to be held on 28 April 2007. The theme for 2007 is Safe and Healthy Workplaces - Making decent work a Reality.
In 2003, the ILO began to observe World Day stressing the prevention of illness and accidents at work, capitalizing on its traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue. 28 April is also a day the world's trade union movement has long associated with commemorating victims of occupational accidents and disease.
So look to see what can be done in your workplace to improve the standards of health and safety. Everyone should be involved. Look for ideas on www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/worldday and other web sites listed in OSH WORLD www.oshworld.com.
You may also find ideas by looking at the collection of validated and authoritative information in FIREINF and OSH UPDATE. These collections are continuously enlarged as new information is published.
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This month's OSHWORLD FOCUS is on preventing occupational cancer which is one of the key international themes for 28 April 2007 World Day for Health and Safety.
The Diary of Events continues to show the many courses, conferences and seminars are being held around the world to enable people to keep up to date with the developments. Any new items carry the tag NEW! Remember that some major events are shortly taking place - EurOhse2007 on 19 April 2007 in London; on 22-24 May 2007 - RoSPA Safety and Health at Work Congress and Expo www.rospa.com and the A+A in Dusseldorf in 18-21 September 2007 www.aplusa-online.de.
Training needs should be constantly updated. It is essential that everyone is trained to do their job correctly. Keep up-to-date to see what is happening worldwide by clicking regularly on www.oshworld.com/diary.html.
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We hope that you find the information in OSHWORLD useful in your daily work. Globally there are continually new titles, news items, new products so remember to look at the News to find the latest information from a number of worldwide sources.
Use OSHWORLD as your portal to many hundreds of validated and authoritative web sites which you can find in the Country and Subject links we offer. New subject topics are constantly brought together on web sites, e.g. avian flu and the workplace.
Most information services have a reference shelf where you can quickly check the reference sources - so OSHWORLD brings you a collection of Reference sources and also teaches you how to Search the Internet.
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Are you aiming to have a zero accident, incident-free and healthy year in 2007 in your workplace?