OSHwiki - new occupational safety & health community
OSHwiki is the first web platform which allows users to create, collaborate and share knowledge on occupational safety and health (OSH) in all languages. It’s a new way to network online with the OSH community, aiming to support government, industry and employee organisations in ensuring safe and healthy workplaces. On August 25th, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched OSHwiki at the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany.
"Sharing health and safety information, knowledge and best practice can only be seen as a postive step in joint endeavours to make workplaces safer and ultimately reduce the number of work-related accidents, injuries and fatalities.
Given the success of Wikipedia, the creation of a health and safety-specific online encyclopaedia and global community is both exciting and timely. Hopefully it will mature into an excellent authoritative resource. There are already a number of good papers published across a range of topics that should be of interest to both experienced practitioners and our NEBOSH Diploma students."
OSHwiki is a reliable source of OSH information where accredited authors can create and edit content quickly and easily. Contributors include many national organisations for occupational safety and health as well as leading research institutes. With nearly 300 articles already uploaded by OSH experts, topics found on the platform cover areas such as OSH management and organisation, dangerous substances, ergonomics, psychosocial issues and groups at risk. As a one-stop shop for OSH content, OSHwiki aims to be the go-to resource on health and safety for the OSH community and beyond.
Dr Christa Sedlatschek, Director of EU-OSHA calls on OSH professionals to become part of OSHwiki and add to the body of OSH knowledge already available on the platform.
On the occasion of the OSHwiki launch, Dr Sedlatschek says: "The platform is an important step in the drive to improve health and safety in European workplaces and brings added value to those involved on both a professional and a personal level. OSHwiki allows experts to share their work with each other in one easy and convenient place, they can gain recognition from the global OSH community for their expertise, and benefit from having their work peer-reviewed by a wider audience."