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Please note that whilst some of these links are to authorative sources, such as governmental bodies, even these must be checked for relevance to a users own circumstances because of differences in health and safety law requirements between countries. Users must satisfy themselves of the authority, accuracy and authenticity of any of the links listed on this page.

University Chemical Safety Forum UK higher education sector forum for exchange of information and promotion of best practice in work with chemicals and hazardous materials.

Birmingham Health, Safety and Environment Association (BHSEA) Registered charity, main aim is to help improve standards of Health and Safety and the Environment at work. Membership open to individuals and organisations. Was the inspiration behind the setting up of RoSPA.

The Universities Safety and Health Association UK universitities forum for exchange of information on health and safety and related topics.

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Independent, not-for-profit organisation that sets professional standards, supports and develops members and provides authoritative advice and guidance on health and safety issues.

International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) International forum to discuss a wide range of important biosafety issues.

European BioSafety Association (EBSA) not for profit organisation which aims to provide a forum for its members to discuss and debate issues of concern and to represent those working in the field of biosafety.

Association of University Radiation Protection Officers (AURPO) - professional organisation promoting safety and knowledge in the use of ionising and non-ionising radiations. Members come mainly from universities and similar establishments involved in the training of undergraduates and graduates in the fields of science, engineering and medicine.

Governmental Bodies


Environment Agency (responsibilities include regulating industrial emissions to air, land and water, regulating waste disposal, dealing with flooding and pollution incidents, cleaning rivers, coastal waters and contaminated land, preserving fish and wildlife habitats, etc.)

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Ensures that risks to people's health and safety from work activities are properly controlled by enforcing the law and in developing new health and safety laws and standards,
Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) - OPSI has a broad remit to advise on and regulate the operation of the re-use of public sector information (has grown out of former HMSO)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) - independent body that protects the health and well-being of the population. The Agency plays a critical role in protecting people from infectious diseases and in preventing harm when hazards involving chemicals, poisons or radiation occur.

The UK Nanosafety Partnership Group - brings together key experts in the field of nanotechnology and helps to establish links with others working in this rapidly developing field. A core aim of the Group is to assist research establishments and academia with their legal obligations with regards to occupational health and safety and to provide guidance to support improvements to health and safety systems when working with nanomaterials.

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work This site provides general information of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work - Information Network Agency information site provides general information of the Agency, access to all Agency publications and links to European national and other national sites.

European Chemicals Agency

European Union Publications


CDC (USA Centers for Disease Control)

EPA (USA Environmental Protection Agency)

Health Canada The Canadian Health Network

IATA Dangerous Goods website

Public Health Agency of Canada

NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) USA

NIH (National Institutes of Health USA)

NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety) USA

NIWL (Swedish National Institute for Working Life)

NLM (National Library of Medicine) USA

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) USA

WHO (World Health Organisation)

Occupational Health and Safety Information

British Compressed Gases Association Promotes safe practice in the manufacture, distribution, storage and use of compressed and liquefied gases.

BMJ (British Medical Journal)

Cell sorting guidance - "Standard Safety Practices for Sorting of Unfixed Cells"

Chemical Elements (including biological data)

Ergonomics information including case studies

International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS) ILO International Labour Organisation

International Programme on Chemical Safety (ICPS) Thousands of chemical safety documents, including International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSCs) and Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) Monographs, are available for free

Laboratory biorisk management standard CEN Workshop Agreement
CEN Workshop 31 - Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity more information on the project on Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity

Material Safety Data Sheets, Chemical University of Oxford

Material Safety Data Sheets, Chemical Vermont SIRS MSDS Collection

Material Safety Data Sheets, Infectious Microorganisms Population and Public Health Branch (PPHB) Canada

Skin care Information about skin diseases and their treatment from the Skin Care Campaign a subsidiary of the National Eczema Society.

Where to find MSDS on the Internet Advice about MSDS and links to many MSDS and other related sites

Wired for health Relevant and appropriate health information on a variety of health issues for young people and their teachers.

Topical Issues

Nanotechnology from Hazards magazine

Acoustic shock risk to call centre staff, statement from HSE

Working Alone - factsheet from Hazards magazine

Work cancer prevention kit from Hazards magazine

Responsible ResearchAdobe pdf icon -Managing health and safety in research
Guidance for the not-for-profit sector (published by Institution of Occupational Safety and Health)
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