As we’ve discussed in our previous posts on work-related stress, the world of health and safety is a high pressure environment – almost as stressful as Roy Hodgson’s job this summer! While being a dedicated health and safety manager is a tough enough role, often the responsibility for providing a safe working environment for employees falls to those with a wider remit, such as facilities managers, human resources, directors and general office managers. With that in mind we have put together a short post bringing you the brightest and best resources out there to help ensure you don’t ‘drop the ball’. And who knows… you could find yourself lifting a trophy at the Health and Safety Awards next year!
1. HSE Website
As the authority for occupational health and safety in UK, the Health and Safety Executive are the go-to people when it comes to advice. The HSE website is an excellent resource, not only for staying abreast of the latest news and legislation, but also for their regular features – such as insights into common health and safety myths.
2. RoSPA Infocentre
Based at the RoSPA headquarters in Birmingham, UK, the RoSPA Infocentre houses a unique collection of safety-related documents and provides an extensive enquiry service on all aspects of safety and health. For RoSPA Members the service is free, allowing them to phone or email their enquiries – or even visit in person to track down the information they need!
3. OS&H Journal
Another free member benefit (although non-members are also able to subscribe), OS&H Journal is RoSPA’s flagship journal. Read mainly by professional health and safety advisers around the world, OS&H is published monthly, in full colour and its 60+ pages contain an unbeatable selection of occupational safety and health news and comment.
4. Safety & Health Practitioner magazine
The Safety and Health Practitioner is the official magazine of the Chartered Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and provides comprehensive health and safety coverage, including in-depth features, in court stories and the latest industry products. SHP Online carries most of what’s available in SHP, as well as web-only content, posted as it happens.
As with SHP magazine, SHP4jobs is at the forefront of the health and safety industry and is a great place to look for the next step in your career journey. In addition to their jobs listings, they also offer some great careers advice, such as tips on CV writing, interview technique and writing cover letters.
6. HSE People
A one stop site for safety jobs, information, groups and events, HSE People is a network of over 10,000 HSE people! Sign up is free, providing you with access to the full community features.
7. Health and Safety for Beginners
Health and Safety for Beginners (HSfB) is a site with loads going on, including forums, blogs and downloadable resources. The site is owned, managed and financed by John Johnston – who was one of the first people to receive a RoSPA Guardian Angel award for his services to safety.
8. HSW website and journal
When it comes to staying abreast of the latest legislation, Health and Safety at Work is essential reading for all health and safety professionals. An excellent journal in its own right, HSW also has a well-developed, highly informative website, providing incisive news reports and insights into topical health and safety issues to help keep you on the right side of the law.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – when it comes to breaking news and making professional contacts, you can’t beat Twitter. Nearly all of the big industry players are on Twitter, from the HSE to NEBOSH, and subsequently Twitter provides the perfect environment for sharing ideas and making professional connections – you’d be mad not to try it!
10. Safety & Health Expo
When it comes to occupational health and safety, it doesn’t get much bigger than Safety & Health Expo. Set in London’s ExCel centre and run in conjunction with RoSPA, IOSH and BSIF, the event attracts health and safety decision makers from every sector and with responsibilities across UK, Europe and international markets. What’s more, the 2014 event is set to be the largest safety show the UK has seen for 10 years! Entry is free, but you need to register in advance.
And finally…11. Workplace Safety Blog
It might be obvious (seeing as you’re reading this!), but RoSPA’s Workplace Safety Blog has established itself as one the finest sources of occupational health and safety articles on the web. Bringing you insights on a myriad of areas, from manual handling to our ever popular NEBOSH study guides, you can rely on Workplace Safety Blog to bring you fresh, eye-opening content every week! Don’t believe us? Why not check out some of our most popular posts from the last year…