Don’t let safety and health take a holiday
Sheila Pantry OBE
Whatever you are doing during the next few months – whether on holiday in far-flung places or even working it is essential to remember to carry out risk assessments and prevent any life altering accidents and injuries. Remember you can always keep up-to-date with the latest Safety, Health and Fire information at Work by using OSH UPDATE + FIRE www.oshupdate.com.
OSH UPDATE + FIRE is arguably the largest electronic collection of safety, health and fire information in the world, that has 26 databases containing over 1,114,000 records including over 90,000 full text documents. Many people, organisations, inspectors, information specialists, students and lecturers worldwide are finding OSH UPDATE + FIRE an essential tool in their daily work. User friendly and certainly budget friendly! Hurry – don’t wait any longer!
This month’s OSHWORLD FOCUS The UK celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 highlights the fact that the Act changed our working lives forever. All the 19 authors writing in the report agree that the Act’s influence went far beyond the UK and impacted on occupational law and practice elsewhere in the world. While there is tremendous cause for celebration of the many accomplishments over the past 40 years and much progress has been made in addressing the challenges of the workplace, it is recognised that there are still big and urgent needs to strengthen the UK’s national occupational safety and health (OSH) systems.
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.
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. So look at the latest additions to the Diary of Events and you will see plans have been made already worldwide up to the end of 2015 and beyond to have training courses, symposiums and conferences in many places in the world 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.
In addition to the above we hope that you find the information in OSHWORLD useful in your daily work. 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 worldwide sources.
Use OSHWORLD as your portal to many hundreds of validated and authoritative web sites that you can find in the Country and Subject links we offer. New subject topics are constantly brought together on web sites, e.g. nanotechnology and the workplace.
Most information services have a reference shelf where you can quickly check the reference sources – so OSHWORLD brings you a collection of Reference sources and also teaches you how to Search the Internet.
Visit the various Bookshops to order any new document as they are being published. Many of these Bookshops have a constant stream of new titles available.
Please send any suggestions or comments about OSHWORLD – your portal to validated and authoritative information. Remember also to look at our other really useful sites – www.sheilapantry.com and why not make a free entry about your company’s products in www.shebuyersguide.com.
Don’t forget to learn from history see www.historyofosh.org.uk
Don’t work harder – work smarter! Be ahead of the game.
Keep trying to have a zero accident, incident-free and healthy 2014 in your workplace! Some would argue that this is not possible! But keep on trying – everything is possible!
And do continue to make plans for your campaigns for the rest of 2014 and beyond!