Don’t make any New Year’s resolutions until you have checked your 2020 list to see what you did not do!
Sheila Pantry OBE
May we wish you a Very Happy, Safe, Healthy and Successful 2021 wherever you are in the World!
Everyone worldwide knows that 2020 was like no other year ever. Worldwide, the Covid-19 pandemic has, and is still providing endless challenges and great sadness.
Perhaps now, as the New Year starts it is even more timely to re-assess our 2020 occupational safety and health resolutions and find solutions to the ones that we did not or could not complete!
In 2021 we still have the opportunity to keep assessing and reassessing how improvements can be made in the way we work – asking the questions such as is there a better way to do the job?
Many people returning to work after the festivities will, no doubt, be making plans to improve the standards of health and safety in their workplace because of Covid-19 and for many other reasons.
It is now even more 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.
So, this is where the website OSHWORLD and the electronic services OSH UPDATE + FIRE will help you and your organisation to keep up to date. These services continue to bring you the latest information on Covid-19 and the workplace, health, safety, environment, fire and other subjects such as use of robotics in the workplace that you will find useful in your daily work.
Look at the latest additions to the Diary of Events and you will see plans have been made already worldwide up to late 2021 to have online webinars and training courses, symposiums, 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.
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 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. wellbeing and mental health.
This month’s FOCUS article is on Self-determination? by Roger Bibbings.
OSH UPDATE + FIRE
Likewise, OSH UPDATE + FIRE brings together 26 validated and authoritative databases and CONTAINS over 1,116,442 records containing both full text and bibliographic information.
OSH UPDATE + FIRE electronic service:
- is continuously enlarged as new information is published
- is so easy to use – subscribers continue to renew year on year
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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 year in 2021 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 2021 and beyond!