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August 2007

The Health and Safety Executive in partnership with the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) and the British Computer Society (BCS), has published guidance to help companies manage the competence of their staff who are involved with electronic safety-related systems (e.g. fly-by-wire in aircraft, shutdown systems in the petrochemical industry and offshore and safeguarding arrangements for machinery and industrial automation).

The new publication Managing Competence for Safety-related Systems provides the essential requirements for a successful competence management system (CMS) suitable for all staff at all levels of responsibility within organisations working on safety-related systems.

The guidance is available free on the internet

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work Annual Report 2006

The 2006 annual report covers:

The Annexes cover membership of the governing board; overview of how the Agency and its partners operate; Organisational plan of the Agency; Agency staff; Focal points; Overview of Focal Point Network Activities; Topic Centres; Website usage; Agency publication in 206; Finance 2005/6; Board assessment; Annual work programme 2007.

The 55 page report is for sale from The Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg or downloaded from there is also a 4 page summary available

Expert forecast on emerging biological risks related to occupational safety and health by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work European Risk Observatory

About 320,000 workers worldwide die every year of communicable diseases, some 5,000 in the European Union. In the last decade, media coverage has raised public awareness of biological hazards, such as anthrax at work due to bioterrorist activities, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the threat of avian flu.

But biological agents are ubiquitous and, in many workplaces, workers face considerably harmful biological risks. The Community strategy 2002-06 called on the Agency to 'set up a risk observatory' to 'anticipate new and emerging risks'.

This report sets out to present the results of the forecast on emerging OSH biological risks, which is the second forecast of emerging risks carried out in this context.

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work Expert forecast on emerging biological risks related to Occupational safety and health. July 2007. OPOCE Catalog number: TE7606488ENC. 145 pages. ISBN: 92-9191-130-5.

EUROGIP Discussions: Work-related MSDs in Europe. Preventing risk and retaining victims on the job: what actions for what results? Paris, France

The Eurogip Discussions which will take place on Monday 22 October 2007 in Paris will be organised around four issues:

  1. The issues: definition, causes, implications...
  2. Which Community framework for preventing MSD?
  3. Occupational health and safety initiatives that have had a real impact
  4. Effective initiatives for reintegration of victims.

The objective of the Eurogip Discussions, held annually, is to encourage the exchange of information and experience between the relevant players at the European level: government, occupational risk insurance and prevention organisations, social partners, safety managers, occupational health services, employee representatives, etc.

Official languages: French and English.

Programme and registration on

Activity Report 2006 from the Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute (IRSST), Canada

Located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the Institut de Recherche Rober-Sauve en Sante et en Securite du Travail (IRSST) 2006 Activity Report entitled The IRSST for Research that Generates Change show a wide range of activities.

In 2006, the IRSST began to negotiate a major change in direction. Inspired by the results of both internal and external reflection and consultation, IRSST mapped out the itinerary that they will follow from now to 2010. Whilst the goal of this strategic positioning process has always been to increase the IRSST's research and expertise capacity, it must be said that They have put scientific research at the heart of their activities like never before. The results can be seen in this report that summarises the main activities of the Institute, its personnel, locally, nationally and internationally. There is also a list of this year's scientific publications. To find out more, English PDF version

For more information about IRSST as well as the research you can subscribe at l'Info IRSST

You will receive a monthly newsletter with IRSST's newest information.

Should you require any additional information please contact: Maura Tomi, Information agent, Direction des communication, IRSST, Montreal, Quebec, Canada | Tel: +1 514-288-1551 ext 302 | Email: |

Resilience Engineering: Concepts and Precepts by Erik Hollnagel, David D. Woods and Nancy Leveson

For Resilience Engineering, 'failure' is the result of the adaptations necessary to cope with the complexity of the real world, rather than a breakdown or malfunction. The performance of individuals and organizations must continually adjust to current conditions and, because resources and time are finite, such adjustments are always approximate.

This definitive new book explores this groundbreaking new development in safety and risk management, where 'success' is based on the ability of organizations, groups and individuals to anticipate the changing shape of risk before failures and harm occur.

Featuring contributions from many of the worlds leading figures in the fields of human factors and safety, Resilience Engineering provides thought-provoking insights into system safety as an aggregate of its various components, subsystems, software, organizations, human behaviours, and the way in which they interact.

The book provides an introduction to Resilience Engineering of systems, covering both the theoretical and practical aspects. It is written for those responsible for system safety on managerial or operational levels alike, including safety managers and engineers (line and maintenance), security experts, risk and safety consultants, human factors professionals and accident investigators.

Affiliation: Erik Hollnagel, Ècole des Mines de Paris, France, and Linköping University, Sweden, David D. Woods, Ohio State University, USA and Nancy Leveson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Resilience Engineering: Concepts and Precepts by Erik Hollnagel, David D. Woods and Nancy Leveson, Ashgate Publishing | 2006. 410 pages. ISBN 0 7546 4904 0

New Book - Managing Stress and Conflict in Libraries by Sheila Pantry OBE BA FCLIP

Stress and conflict in the workplace undermine performance and can make people mentally and physically ill, and research indicates that ever-increasing numbers of people are experiencing excessive pressure of this kind - including aggression and abuse - in our rapidly changing world of work.

This applies to libraries and information organizations as much as anywhere; indeed they can be particular targets for verbal and non-verbal violent behaviour through their accessibility to the public, and there are also employees of such organizations who are suffering, often in silence, from aggression, bullying and harassment from a work colleague.

Tackling - and preventing - conflict and stress effectively is a legal responsibility for management, and can result in significant benefits for the organization in terms of recruitment and retention, employee commitment, performance and productivity, customer satisfaction, organizational image and reputation, and avoidance of potential litigation.

Managing Stress and Conflict in Libraries defines clearly what should and should not be tolerated in a healthy and safe working environment, and introduces the reporting procedures and communication skills leading to conflict resolution, enabling both employees and managers to consider situations consistently based on risk assessment previously carried out. The chapters cover:

Also included are case studies, a glossary of health and safety terms, and sources of further information, including relevant legislation.

This book is essential reading for employees at all levels, and also for managers, team leaders, supervisors, personnel and human resources staff, complaints officers, union officers and anyone else in the information organization who may be called upon to deal with people.

Sheila Pantry OBE BA FCLIP manages an independent information services consultancy and electronic publishing business, including websites. She has had a long and varied career in information management in a range of industry sectors, and also in government as Head of Information Services for the Health and Safety Executive. She specializes in worldwide occupational health and safety information and is an experienced trainer, writer, editor and lecturer.

Managing Stress and Conflict in Libraries by Sheila Pantry OBE, BA, FCLIP
Facet Publishing, 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE, UK
ISBN 978-1-85604-613-8
All titles available a 20% discount to Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals members.
Remember to quote your Membership Number if claiming the discount.

Available from Bookpoint Ltd, Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD | Tel: +44 (0)1235 400400 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 832068/861038 | Email: | Further information - email:

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Ensuring that your health and safety policy is up-to-date... and learn all about Behavioural Safety: Two New EurOHSE 2007 Workshops 10 October 2007

Angel Business Communications Ltd and Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd announce two practical workshops to be held at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London on Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 09.45 - 16.30.

Morning Workshop

Ensuring that your health and safety policy is up-to-date... Policy Statements revisited to be presented by Jeremy Stranks

This workshop will deal with:

For the practical exercise, there will be a specimen Statement of Health and Safety Policy for consideration by delegates followed by a report back session

Afternoon Workshop

An Introduction to Behavioural Safety and Safety Culture - Theory and Practice and also Advanced Behavioural Techniques presented by Dr Tim Marsh

This workshop will deal with:

Break Out Session: Tailoring an Approach to Suit Your Specific Situation.

Advanced Behavioural Techniques

If you wish to find out more information about the conference call Sheila Pantry Tel: +44(0)1909 771024 directly.

To book your delegate place please call Stephen Whitehurst | Tel: +44 (0)24 76 718970 | Email: