5 Websites Every Health and Safety Manager Needs To Be Reading
Keep up-to-date on your industry with these helpful resources, which gather all the need-to-know information.
Your job depends on staying on top of the latest information to keep your workplace and workers safe. However, that constant barrage of new legislation, research and technologies can be overwhelming, especially when it's combined with the other demands of your job.
Luckily numerous websites distill and analyze this barrage of information on your behalf. However, with so many resources available online, how can you know which ones to spend your valuable time on? To help you sift through this barrage of information, we've identified five sites that you should be reading. We've also included their social media details to help further manage your daily reads.
#1. EHS Today
EHS Today hosts a prolific blog that functions more like a daily news feed for safety professionals. It features the "latest occupational safety news and best practices, with coverage including workplace safety best practices, workplace safety management practices and risk management." They also cover safety leadership and safety trends. EHS Today articles tend to be more in-depth and less about "breaking news." However, the stories offer meticulous research, expert advice and an engaging style.
The site also hosts regular webinars on safety-related subjects and publishes free eBooks, white papers and case studies on concepts ranging from safety technology to risk management survival. If time is an issue for you, sign up for a range of newsletters that are either straight news or industry-specific digests.
EHS Today also provides regular updates and discussion via its social media channels including:
LinkedIn: EHS Today Networking Group
Facebook: EHS Today Magazine
#2. The American Society of Safety Professionals
Few professional organizations boast exceptionally well-funded internal communications departments. The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) appears to be the exception. Their website touts itself as "your source for insights on trends in the safety profession, including developments in safety management, worker safety, government and regulatory affairs and standards." It delivers all of this in a well-organized blog-style format.
Their weekly feature, "Safety News You Need," prowls the web to find the latest and most useful articles on specific topics, saving you precious time. It presents the links not as a list but in the form of a well-researched brief with links to additional sources of information. For example, their recent feature on the human factors affecting workplace safety covered everything from fatigue to organizational culture to individual, organizational and task-based factors and linked out to four sites, two webinars and one book.
The ASSP maintains social media channels that publicize articles and focus on safety-related news.
LinkedIn: American Society of Safety Professionals
Facebook: American Society of Safety Professionals
#3. Industrial Safety and Hygiene News
Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) doesn't just cover "safety news, editorial on OSHA and EPA regulations, how-to features and safety and health management topics." It also touts a focus on the "latest product news (and) everything you need to instill a safety culture."
Much of its monthly print magazine is available online, but the real value of this site lies in the pages devoted to every aspect of industrial health and safety.
In these pages lies a wealth of up-to-date information exploring everything from psychology to PPE. The Columns section is updated more sporadically. However, it offers some intriguing editorial commentary and discussion on safety-related topics. Again, if you don't have time to peruse the entire site, you can sign up for a variety of newsletters. In addition to its print offerings, the site hosts videos, podcasts and webinars.
ISHN maintains several media channels that promote its content and the products that support it.
LinkedIn: ISHN Magazine
#4. Occupational Health and Safety Magazine
OH&S Online is the website and digital home for Occupational Health & Safety magazine. It focuses on "practical advice on how to keep the workplace safe from hazards and in full compliance with ever-changing laws and regulations." Its articles, webinars, videos and white papers "concentrate on delivering the most up-to-date information for professionals in the health, safety, industrial hygiene, environmental, security and fire protection fields with in-depth features and new product releases."
The site features a digital edition of the print magazine and a handy RSS feed for those readers who lack time to comb through the wealth of available articles and resources. Check out the news section for a list of hot topics. Clicking on any of these almost forty topics will bring you to a list of the latest developments, news and research in these areas.
Check out OH&S Online's social media pages for quick access to the most recent and compelling stories.
LinkedIn: Occupational Health and Safety Magazine
#5. Safety + Health
Maintained by the not for profit National Safety Council, Safety + Health is host to a myriad of resources. These focus on, "eliminating the leading causes of preventable injuries and death" through "comprehensive national coverage of occupational safety news and industry analysis." While they charge for both the digital and print versions of the magazine, they do offer a dozen free newsletters and the news section provides access to much of the best magazine content and recent news.
Check out the resources section for free access to:
- Case studies
- White papers
On the Safety + Health social media, you can find updates, news bytes and other information.
Written by Jennifer Crump
Jennifer Crump is a former freelance journalist and author and now full-time content writer and strategist. She contributes to magazines and blogs throughout North America on issues related to business, training, financing and workplace safety.