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Reference Texts. Includes authoritative textbooks that remain a primary source of
information. Their major disadvantage is the time required to write and
print them. As a result, the information is often dated and, in some
instances, not correct. This link provides a listing of major reference
texts. It is not all inclusive, but demonstrates the range of texts
Journals. Lists professional journals, published weekly or
monthly, typically provide more current and in-depth information than
textbooks. It has become possible to
rapidly search a large number of journals and reports as online data
services have developed. For example, the
National Library of Medicine developed the Medical Literature Analysis and
Retrieval System (MEDLARS) to complement its Index Medicus, which required
hand-searches using key words.
References. Provides a list of some electronic references.
Other Internet Sites. Identifies internet "home
pages" that have rapidly become a major source of technical information. In
addition to providing hyperlinks to specific documents, they also link to
additional sources and contacts for help. Some home pages permit users to
submit queries, but it may not be possible to ascertain the qualifications
of the person providing the response. Many of these services are provided at
no cost to the user. Some generic Internet Sites are provided, but many
industry and hazard specific sites also exist.
- Internet search engines, which have indexed many of the millions of
pages on the World Wide Web, provide keyword searches which will aid in
locating potential sources of information.
- Other resources include CD-ROMs, which can store thousands of pages of
documents, such as all the articles over a period of years from a group
of professional journals. Articles pertaining to a particular subject
can be located on the CD-ROM in a matter of seconds.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Includes recall announcements and
product safety alerts.
Cooperation on Workplace Safety and Health. OSHA and the European Agency
for Safety and Health at Work. Documents the cooperation between the United States of
America and the European Union that has successfully been developed since the 1995 New
Transatlantic Agenda in the field of health and safety at work.
- Occupational Health Guidelines for Chemical Hazards. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 81-123, (1981, January). Provides a table of contents of guidelines for many hazardous chemicals. The files provide technical chemical information, including chemical and physical properties, health effects, exposure limits, and recommendations for medical monitoring, personal protective equipment (PPE), and control procedures.