A Safe, Healthy and Happy Festive Season
Sheila Pantry OBE
Challenges continue to present themselves and at this time of the year many people are pre-occupied worldwide in getting ready to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. Accidents, injuries and ill health can strike at anytime, and is no respecter of festivities. So the watchword is to be careful not only at work, but also when travelling.
Update your 2011 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 2012 to have training courses, symposiums, webinars and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects.
In these days of tighter budgets perhaps training may be put on the "back-burner" - but think again how you can keep up with the latest techniques and training opportunities.
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, we 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 - your portal to some of the best OSH web sites in the world
It is always good to review health, safety, chemical, fire and environment procedures on a regular basis. It is also important that the practices and systems in the workplace are constantly reviewed and if necessary, improved. This review may also indicate training requirements and updates and re-thinking how systems and services can be improved. This is where the free-of charge OSHWORLD can help you.
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 and US NIOSH. 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. nanotechnology.
This month's FOCUS article is on Keep your fire information up-to-date with FIREINF!
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 815,000 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 2010 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 2011 and beyond!