Don't just ask your friend for information!
Keeping up-to-date and reviewing your information resources
Sheila Pantry OBE
All organisations should review their health, safety, chemical and environment procedures on a regular basis. This is especially so even when budgets are tight and staff are hard pressed to keep up with workloads. Also as young people enter the workforce they will need to be shown and trained to work safely and understand the longer term impact of health risks in the workplace. Continuous risk assessment of the workplace is essential - job tasks change and new materials are introduced (see also this month's FOCUS on the nanomaterials).
Likewise legislation changes and new research offers updated information so it is essential to keep up-to-date in worldwide occupational health, safety, hygiene, road safety, water safety, environment trends and the latest information?
Do budget constraints not allow you to buy all the journals, newsletters and documents that contain the latest information? Can't afford the time to search for the latest information, legislation and standards? No staff to search for this information? And no time yourself to spend hours searching for information?
So don't just ask your friend for information try the very affordable Internet based services OSH UPDATE and FIREINF from Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd are the answers for you.
Information Seekers will find a wealth of authoritative and validated advice from around the world in these well established electronic services. Best practices, case studies, journal articles, conference proceedings, research reports, standard specifications are all in OSH UPDATE and FIREINF.
OSHWORLD - your portal to some of the best OSH web sites in the world
Look further into the portal OSHWORLD www.oshworld.com and view the latest additions. 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.
As 2012 advances and despite the recession an increasing number of conferences, seminars and training courses are being listed in the Diary of Events and you will find these being held in many places in the world and on a wide range of subjects.
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 send to firstname.lastname@example.org
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, driving as a job and smoke free workplaces.
Remember to look at the Products and Services on this OSHWORLD web site and see what is new and updated.
Also look at our www.shebuyersguide.com that give you access to many organisations, their products and services. You may also wish to add your company's information to the listing for free!
You can sign up for the RSS feed that alerts you each time there is an update in OSHWORLD!
OSH UPDATE was described recently as a "brilliant site"!
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And do continue to make plans for your campaigns for the rest of 2012 and beyond!