Enjoy a Safe, Healthy and Happy Festive Season
Sheila Pantry OBE
At this time of the year many people are pre-occupied worldwide in getting ready to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. But we know accidents, injuries and ill health can strike at anytime, and is no respecter of festivities. So the watchword is be careful! Not only at work, but also when travelling. It seems as if the world is constantly on the move - motorways, stations, buses, airports are all getting busier.
Update your 2010 Diary
As you start your New Year's diary think about the training, which perhaps has not been carried out for you and others. Look at the latest additions to the Diary of Events and you will see plans have been made already worldwide up to 2011 to have training courses, symposiums and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects. For example see 10-12 February 2010 - International Conference Towards Better Work and Well-being that will be held in Helsinki, Finland see details in the Diary of Events.
One way of keeping up to date is to go to exhibitions and the world's major OSHE events. 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 OSHE events so that I can add them to the Diary.
Your OSHWorld Portal
On my various travels, including a recent trip to the ILO CIS meeting in Geneva I constantly find new items of interest. 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 sources such as the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work requesting your help in the Evaluation of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2008 & 2009 to the US NIOSH Progress Toward Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace: A Report from the US NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center and many news items and new publications which you will want to know about. 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. drugs and alcohol abuse in the workplace.
This month's FOCUS article is on the latest developments in fire information provision through FIREINF. Fires can be devastating and costly and it is important to know where to get the latest information.
Remember to look at the Products and Services on this web site and see what is new and updated.
Likewise OSH UPDATE www.oshupdate.com brings together 19 quality databases and over 803,000 records containing both full text and bibliographic information.
Both OSH UPDATE and FIREINF are continuously enlarged as new information is published. These services are used by organisations, universities and companies worldwide.
Don't work harder - work smarter! Be ahead of the game.
Are you having a zero accident, incident-free and healthy year in 2009 in your workplace? Some would argue that this is not possible! But keep on trying!
And do continue to make plans for your campaigns for 2010 and beyond!