Drowning in information but thirsty for knowledge? Searching for and retrieving quality OSH and fire information from worldwide sources
Sheila Pantry OBE
Are you drowning in information but not sure that you have the most authoritative, validated and up-to-date occupational safety, health (OSH) and fire information that you need? It is useful to be able to search the World's billions of pages of website information using the various sophisticated search engines. But when you have done this do you really know how up-to-date the information you have retrieved is? Cost your time - if you know your hourly rate - add this into the costs - you will be surprised just how much your "free search" has cost you. And if you believe that official bodies have "everything" on their sites - think again and be assured that this is another myth. There are very few official bodies that have all the relevant information - i.e. legislation, guidance, advice, research results in one place.
So why not use some of the reliable sources in collections of validated and authoritative information such as FIREINF, OSH UPDATE and IRISH OSH UPDATE. These collections are continuously enlarged as new information is published.
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This month's OSHWORLD FOCUS is on Decent work for all which the International Labour Organisation, based in Geneva, Switzerland and tripartite UN agency, wants to achieve by bringing together governments, employers and workers of its member states to promote decent work throughout the world.
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 on 22-24 May 2007 - RoSPA Safety and Health at Work Congress and Expo www.rospa.com and the A+A in Dusseldorf, Germany 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.
Your OSHWorld Portal
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.
Click onto the various Bookshops to order any new document as they are being published. Many of these Bookshops have a constant stream of new titles available.
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