Major Hazards Accidents and Incidents Database (MHAID)
Sheila Pantry OBE
The addition of the MHAID database makes the 20th database in the OSH UPDATE www.oshupdate.com electronic collection of occupational safety and health information published by Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd.
MHAID contains information on worldwide accidents or incidents involving hazardous materials that resulted in, or had the potential to lead to a significant impact on the public at large, including evacuation.
The information covers all industries and transport.
MHAID database of major accidents and incidents can be used for validating assumptions and judgments in safety assessment. The contents also act as case studies and lessons learned.
The data in MHAID has been collected from regular international sources, with the emphasis where possible, in making links to the full text of the document or report of the accidents or incident.
When the report or document is out of print, also added are locations where it can be borrowed or located for loan or photocopy e.g. The British Library in London, UK.
The data goes back many years so MHAID a useful tool for those researching past accidents and incidents and learning lesson from them.
If you have information on major accidents and incidents please send details to the publishers Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd.
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The electronic services OSH UPDATE www.oshupdate.com and FIREINF www.fireinf.com will help you and your organisation to keep up-to-date. These services continue to bring you the latest information on health, safety, environment, fire and other subjects that you will find useful in your daily work.
OSHWORLD - your portal to some of the best OSH web sites in the world
Also look at the portal OSHWORLD www.oshworld.com and view the latest additions to the Diary of Events where you will see that plans have been made up to late 2011 and now into 2012 to have training courses, symposiums, webinars and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects. Don't forget to budget for these events - make sure that you and your colleagues are up-to-date with the very latest knowledge - remember that all workplaces and those working in them change, so continue to do your risk assessments.
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.
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 authoritative sources such as the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, the UK Health and Safety Executive 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 by Trevor A. Kletz is entitled An obituary: ICI's contribution to process safety and why it came to an end. Read the full paper and learn the lessons!
Remember to look at the Products and Services on this web site and see what is new and updated.
Likewise both OSH UPDATE and FIREINF services containing both full text and bibliographic information 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 hoping to have a zero accident, incident-free and healthy year in 2011 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!