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European Week for Safety and Health at Work 2003

September 2003

It is appropriate, that with the theme for this year's European Week for Safety and Health being on the prevention of risks from dangerous substance that we guide you to more validated and authoritative sources for you to explore. (For others see also August 2003 Focus).

Many people are unaware of the risks to their health when they work with dangerous substances. This is the first pan-European campaign to reduce the risks of chemicals, biological agents and other dangerous substances at work - hazards that affect around a quarter of the European Union's (EU's) 150 million employees. Cancers, asthmas and neuropsychiatric problems are just some of the illnesses that can be caused by the 100, 000 chemical marketed in the EU, as well as biological agents.

The SilverPlatter Health & Safety database products from Croner offer a unique collection of international full-text and research data. Regularly updated, they can be accessed by users on CD-ROM, as well as across networks and via the Internet.

OSH Plus on SilverPlatter provides full-text coverage of EU and UK occupational safety and health legislation. It includes a comprehensive set of ACOPs codes, guidance and advice documents from the UK's Health & Safety Executive (HSE), as well as content from other important sources. OSH Plus offers a range of information selected by OSH information professionals, with a growing list of related legislation, such as the Working Time Regulations, and extra indices including Author, Corporate Author and Title. Also containing HSE newsletters and sponsored research, OSH Plus offers over 300,000 pages of information and related graphics.

OSH-ROM is one of the world's oldest collections of health and safety information. Started in 1986, by Sheila Pantry and SilverPlatter Information it brings together six complementary bibliographic databases covering critical international occupational health and safety information. OSH-ROM is a unique and vital resource for information concerning occupational health and safety, hazardous incidents, and the handling of dangerous materials. The individual databases contain over 1.4 million citations from over 5000 journals and 100,000 monographs and technical reports. The databases are from world renown organisations such as The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), UK HSE, International Labour Office and the Ryerson Technical University in Canada.

EINECS-Plus is the authoritative collection of data on chemical substances from European Community sources, co-published with the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. The latest edition is a comprehensive source of information including the European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances with over 100,000 records in 8 EC languages, the European List of Notified Chemical Substances in 10 EC languages, and the List of Dangerous Substances whose classification and labelling is prescribed by EC legislation.

CHEM-BANK is the leading single source of data on potentially hazardous chemicals, and combines eight key databanks. RTECS, contains identification and toxicity data on 150,000 chemicals, with more than 200,000 compound names. HSDB holds data on more than 4,500 hazardous chemicals from the US National Library of Medicine. The TSCA Chemical Substances Inventory lists information on more than 63,000 chemicals. IRIS provides risk assessment data from the US Environmental Protection Agency, including oral reference doses and inhalation reference concentrations for chronic noncarcinogenic health effects. The Emergency Response Guide 2000 is designed for use by emergency services personnel who arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods. CHRIS from the US Coastguard contains essential preventive, precautionary and emergency response information for chemicals. OHMTADS contains data from published literature on over 1,400 materials designated as oil or hazardous materials. The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards presents key data for 677 chemicals or substance groupings found in the work environment.

To find out more or to arrange a free trial of SilverPlatter or other H&S products from Croner, please contact Keith Briscomb on 020 82471126, or by email at

SHEILA PANTRY ASSOCIATES LTD offer the following products, using SilverPlatter WinSPIRS or WebSPIRS software, which are available on CD-ROM and via the Internet. All are updated quarterly.


Giving up-to-date environment and integrated pollution prevention control (IPPC) information. The definitive source to help to meet ISO 14001 information needs for accreditation requirements. Thousands of full text pages of information are instantly accessible in ENVIRONMENT PLUS which contains the following information:


Aimed at everyone in the fire industry internationally with the emphasis on all aspects of fire management principles, practices and research. This includes handling chemicals. Fire Worldwide is the World's premier collection of validated, authoritative information and contains two major collections - the Full Text Collection and the Bibliographic Collection.


Has become the essential OSH source for organisations and practitioners seeking up-to-date information on all aspects of health and safety in Ireland. OSH-IRELAND is published with the co-operation of the Health and Safety Authority, Dublin, Ireland and other organisations, and contains 11 complementary databases providing full text information and some bibliographic information.

To take a 30 day free trial either on CD-ROM or via the Internet contact: Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd, 85 The Meadows, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JG, UK | Tel: +44 (0)1909 771024 | Fax: +44 (0)1909 772829 | email:

For general information about the Week visit the dedicated multilingual website As well as providing up-to-date information on the European Week campaign, it gives easy access to a wealth of occupational health and safety information on the Agency main website:

Finally using the portal and going to the subject and country links will lead you easily to other validated and authoritative sources of chemical information and data sheets.

Make sure your workplace gets involved in the European Week in October 2003!