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Our resources offer everything from clear, accessible introductions to subjects, to full coverage of specific issues.

You'll find resources on health and safety management, environmental management, corporate social responsibility, and more. So whether you're a health and safety professional, director, manager or student, we've a resource to help you.

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  • Image of health and safety

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    Despite strong support and the success of real health and safety, recent years have also seen the emergence of 'elf & safety' myths – crazy stories that are more to do with liability aversion or people using false excuses for poor customer service and decisions.

    IOSH believes many of these stories are the result of misguided people who haven't taken professional advice and have made up the rules themselves. We welcome moves to debunk the myths and, instead, to recognise the many benefits of good health and safety for individuals, employers and society – an investment not a cost.

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  • IOSH health policy

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    In 2014-15, around 1.2 million working people suffered work-related illness and an estimated 27.3 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and injuries. There were also an estimated 13,000 deaths due to occupational cancer and lung disease.  

    IOSH believes a fundamental change is needed in how well the country manages work and a strong multi-disciplinary approach to occupational health issues, both physical and mental. Health needs to be managed more systematically, in the same way that safety is, and harmful exposures prevented. Good work is good for health and wellbeing and all work should be healthy, safe and supportive. As well as being linked to higher productivity, this can support corporate reputation, resilience and results.

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  • IOSH health and safety assistance policy

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    Workers are your most valuable asset and you need to look after them – it’s the right thing to do and makes good business sense.

    IOSH believes that competence is essential for providing adequate health and safety assistance and can help organisations to save lives and enhance their reputations, resilience and results.

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  • IOSH health and safety education and training policy

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    In 2014-15, 142 people were killed at work and over 76,000 persons were injured requiring them to take time off work. An estimated 1.2 million suffered work-related illness.

    In order to help reduce this human, financial and social toll, IOSH advocates that health and safety is firmly embedded in our education and training system, to create a more 'risk intelligent' society. Ultimately, we believe this will help to save lives and also help organisations strengthen their reputation, resilience and results.

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  • IOSH asbestos policy

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    Asbestos is the greatest single cause of work related deaths in the UK, with past exposure causing around 5,000 deaths currently each year.

    Because all types of asbestos fibres are potentially harmful, IOSH believes people should be protected from inhaling them and that risk management principles should be embedded throughout our education and training system.

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