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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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  • Representing miners in arrangements for safety and health in coal mining: a global perspective

    Coal mines report

    Mining is a hazardous industry; in fact for many it is the epitome of dangerous work. Therefore, calls for the right to represent the interests of miners in their safety and health has been a prominent feature of labour relations.

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  • A review of the impact of shift work on occupational cancer

    IOSH review into shift work and occupational cancer

    The change to a 24-hour society means that increasingly more people are working ‘non-traditional’ hours, including shift work and night work. However there remains concern over the effect of shift work on health, including its relationship with cancer.

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  • Irish Workplace behaviour study

    Irish Workplace behaviour research front cover

    Study that aims to establish the prevalence of negative acts in the workplace in a nationally representative sample of Irish employees. This project involved a survey of a national probability sample of employees focusing on workplace ill treatment received at least once over the previous two years.

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  • Nanotechnology in construction and demolition: what we know, what we don’t

    Nanotechnology in construction and demolition IOSH report

    Nanotechnology is an exciting, innovative area promising great benefits to many areas of life, industry and commerce, including construction and the built environment.

    However there remains concerns about the health impacts from nanotechnologies. We don’t know which materials contain nanoparticles; we don’t know which nanoparticles are present; we don’t know how easily they could become bio-available; and we don’t know what to do if they do become bio-available.

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  • Return to work after common mental disorders

    Return to work after mental health

    Perspectives of workers, mental health professionals, occupational health professionals, general physicians and managers

    Common mental disorders (CMDs), such as anxiety, stress and depression, are among the leading causes of disability worldwide and have a major impact in terms of lost productivity and sickness absence. Returning to work is a complex process in which different stakeholders may be involved and have to co-operate.

    This report discusses the return-to-work process of workers on sick leave with CMDs, and the barriers and facilitators from a multi-stakeholder perspective, ie workers, managers, mental health professionals, occupational health professionals and general physicians. This research was undertaken by Tilburg University.

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  • Out of sight, out of mind?

    Out of sight, out of mind research front cover

    Research into the Occupational Safety and Health of Distributed Workers

    Less well-defined workforce and recent changes to more flexible working patterns are introducing challenges to today's workplaces. One of these transformations is exemplified by the way many workers spend at least some of their work time working away from a main office or location. Leading the occupational safety and health of these distributed workers is challenging, due to less opportunities for face-to-face contact and potential issues of access to safety, health and wellbeing resources.

    The goal of this research is to understand the roles of both OSH practitioners and line managers play, to ensure the safety and health of distributed workers.

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  • The role of health problems and drug treatments in accidental injury at work

    Cover of The role of health problems and drug treatments in accidental injury at work

    This report analysed risks of workplace injury arising from epilepsy, diabetes, mental health disorders, impairments of vision and hearing, disorders of balance, and certain drug treatments known to effect brain function.

    This research was funded with the University of Southampton through Professor Keith Palmer.

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  • Fatal collisions on the road

    Fatalities CRASH report

    Fatal collisions on the road and safety and health: Using narrative data from coroners’ files to determine the extent of underestimation of fatal work-related road collisions in the Republic of Ireland (2016).

    This report discusses how narrative data from coronial road traffic fatalities (RTF) files were utilised to assess the extent of underestimation of work-related RTFs captured through official road safety and health and safety data collection systems. This research was undertaken by University College Dublin.  

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  • Hands on: Preventing work-related upper limb disorders in hand-intensive healthcare occupations

    Hands on report

    The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs) in hand-intensive health care occupations, specifically in Irish chartered physiotherapists, physical and athletics therapists and to identify work risk factors and best practice strategies for the prevention of WRULDs.

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  • Experiences of arrangements for health, safety and welfare in the global container terminal industry (2016)

    IOSH

    This report discusses the health and safety arrangements in container terminals operated by national and global logistics companies in several countries. The research was co-funded with the International Transport Workers’ Federation and undertaken by Cardiff University.  

    Global container terminals arrangements

    Experiences of arrangements for health, safety and welfare in the global container terminal industry – full research report (PDF, 2.2 MB)

    Global container terminals: arrangements for health, safety and welfare – summary report (PDF, 1.2 MB)

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