Information on occupational safety and health has never been more widely available and easier to access than it is today, thanks largely to new technological developments such as the internet. At the same time, the overwhelming quantity of information available can make it difficult to find what you really need. Access to new technology and up-to-date information is not always easy, especially for those who need it the most. The appropriate information needs to be selected and disseminated, and a full range of sources should be made accessible to all: databases, publications, and websites etc.
The International Section of the ISSA on Information for Prevention promotes a healthy and safe working environment through the development and dissemination of information, and by promoting communication.The Section transfers its knowledge to partners in international and European organizations such as CIS-ILO, the European Commission and the European Agency, and national organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. It promotes a healthy and safe working environment through the development and dissemination of information. The members of the Section include some of the major prevention institutes in the world, including from the USA, Canada and Europe. The International Section of the ISSA on Information for Prevention has six strategic objectives:
On a vertical level
- Provide an international forum for the exchange of good practices concerning the collection and selective dissemination of information and communication on occupational safety and health related issues
- Develop and advocate the implementation of strategies and tools for occupational safety and health information and communication objectives
- Assist in the development of a safety culture through awareness raising tailored to the user and concerning the promotion of communication and information exchange on occupational safety and health related matters.
On a horizontal level
- Develop a coordinated information policy within ISSA on a worldwide level
- Serve as a platform for the exchange of information and experiences in the field of information and communication between ISSA sections and various partners (ILO, WHO, CIS, EU-Agency, EU-Commission, etc.)
- Support the Special Commission in the development and implementation of its communication policy
Margaret Kitt; NIOSH
Donna Van Bogaert, NIOSH