We promised to feature more of our favourite safety blogs, online magazines and other internet resources, and true to our word, here they are! We hope they help you find reliable safety-based information to help you prepare and plan for a safer workplace in the coming year.
1. As a resource, I recommend the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health. This is not a blog or magazine, per se, but it is a fascinating and comprehensive construction resource filled with everything you could possibly want to know. It is sponsored by The Centre for Construction Research and Training.
Divided into three categories, Hazards, Trades and Jobsites, you’ll find PowerPoint’s and Presentations, pictures, podcasts & audio and videos, plus toolbox talks, training materials, handouts and research reports. There’s also a section called “What’s New.” Related links are mostly American with a few European references and there are some intriguing links that might give you helpful info.
2. The Canadian Occupational and Safety Magazine is a leading online magazine/resource covering all aspects of workplace safety in Canada. Wide-ranging in scope, Editor Mari-Len De Guzman has assembled an excellent stable of freelance reporters and writers covering the latest occupational safety related news and views. As well, she has an archive of videos on training, safety management, OHS Regulations, Personal Protection and other subjects vital to all employers.
This is a site that has so much to offer, including webinars and a subscriber newsletter, plus surveys from the COS Reader Panel on all aspects of workplace health safety issues and concerns.
3. Dave Weber of Safety Awakenings has an active LinkedIn group called Free Safety Workplace Resources for anyone working in construction and interested in safety on the job. This group is one of the most popular and fast growing online. LinkedIn is a powerful resource for professionals. Weber has quickly built up a following of more than 1,000 people with valuable safety related knowledge to share in many on going discussions. For LinkedIn users, this is a group to join.
Two more LinkedIn Groups are worth mentioning.
LinkedIn Groups is a powerful resource. Joining a LinkedIn group can result in benefitting from the experiences and wisdom of a variety of members. It’s a great place to ask questions and initiate discussions of specific problems. .
Both these groups focus strongly on construction safety and many members are anxious to participate in discussions. By posting questions and getting involved in other members’ discussions, you’ll get a lot out of these groups. Even just observing the action is highly instructional and informative.
We know there are a lot more great blogs and online resources out there and we’d love to hear from you about yours. So please share it (and the link) with us. The more we can learn from you the better we’ll all be.
Have a Happy and Safe New Year.