Monday, November 15, 2004

ILO Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety Available on Web

Thanks to the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS), the International Labor Organization's Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety is now available for free on the web. The encyclopedia is intended to "present a panoramic view of the basic available information in the field" of occupational health and safety:

Volume I
  • The Body and Health Care take a medical approach and provides information on disease, its detection and prevention, and occupational health services and health promotional activities.
  • Prevention, Management and Policy covers legal, ethical and social policy aspects of the field, as well as educational and informational and institutional resources.
  • Tools and Approaches provides insight into the disciplines which comprise the study and application of occupational health and safety: engineering, ergonomics, occupational hygiene, epidemiology and statistics and laboratory research.

Volume II
  • Hazards spans the range of chemical, physical and social hazards, accidents and safety management methods that may be encountered around the world. The nature of the hazard is detailed, together with technical information on its recognition, evaluation and control.

Volume III
  • Chemicals presents basic data on use in industry and chemical, physical and toxicological properties information on more than 2,000 chemicals categorized by chemical family
  • Industries and Occupations takes a “how things work” and “how to control hazards” approach to all the major industries. The hazards associated with a variety of occupations which span several industrial sectors are presented in a hazard card format.

Volume IV
  • Indexes and Guides provides a how-to-use the Encyclopaedia guide; lists of tables and figures and collaborating institutions; and indexes of chemical substances, cross-references, subjects and authors cited.
Also available on the web is the CISDOC bibliographic database of the ILO's International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS).
CIS monitors the occupational safety and health literature of the world. Publications - print or electronic - of interest to one or more of CIS's constituencies are cited in CISDOC with summaries of their content. More than 62,000 references have been collected to date.