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A new Presidency and a new Member State for the European Union

July 2013
Sheila Pantry OBE

1 July 2013 is a special day for the EU for two reasons: Croatia joins the EU as the 28th Member State and the European Presidency passes to Lithuania.

Both Croatia and Lithuania are taking on the responsibility of shaping the future of Europe, bringing significant benefits for all. Croatia joining the EU will bring greater stability and new business opportunities. And Lithuania, which joined the EU in 2004, will bring fresh input from a relatively new Member State. No doubt that The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) which is committed to making Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work will continue to encourage both these countries and the existing Member States to strive to improve their occupational health and safety standards and promote a culture of risk prevention.

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It is always good to keep researching and finding out if there are services and other ways of keeping up-to-date in this fast changing world of ours. Time is precious and many people are really stretched in their jobs and find it difficult to keep ahead in current knowledge that they need to remain efficient and effective. But help is at hand for those working in health, safety and fire and fire related industries.

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OSH UPDATE is CONTINUOUSLY expanding and has 20 databases of full text and bibliographic records. It is a unique collection of quality information from major OSH sources e.g. A recent addition is the MHAID database containing major hazards accidents and incidents reports which complements the many thousands of similar reports within OSH UPDATE collection.

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This month's FOCUS is on the "Mind the Gap" seminar held in London on 19 June 2013 by the Fire Information Group (FIG UK) to celebrate 25 years of fire information cooperation.

Worldwide, plans have been made already up to 2013 to have training courses, symposiums and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects. Look at the latest additions to the Diary of Events. 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.

For example on 19-23 August 2013 - Environmental Health 2013 - Bridging South, North, East and West is to be held in Basel, Switzerland. This is the first-ever joint conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES), and the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) hosted by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), contact:

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 and fire events so that I can add them to the Diary send to

OSHWORLD continues to bring you information on health, safety, environment, fire and other subjects that I do hope you find useful in your daily work.

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 find the right course, seminar or conference.

Your OSHWorld Portal

Globally there are new publications, news items, new products so remember to look at the News section to find the latest information from an ever increasing number of sources such as the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work to the US National Institute for Occupational safety and Health (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. the various OSH related networks that exist around the world... there may be one where you live and work... why not join it!

Remember to look at the Products and Services on this web site and see what is new and updated.

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Don't work harder - work smarter! Be ahead of the game.

Are you hoping to have a zero accident, incident-free and healthy record this year in your workplace? Some would argue that this is not possible! But keep on trying!