Advice for Employers
Much useful information about health and safety can also be accessed via HSE's website (www.hse.gov.uk). It contains lists and texts of HSE free leaflets; information about HSE's objectives and how to contact them; recent press releases and research; current initiatives; as well as information about a wide variety of workplace hazards and industry sectors.
HSE's Infoline Service
General information on health and safety matters can be obtained by contacting the HSE's Infoline Service on (08701 545500). This service operates from 8.30 am to 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday inclusive. Calls are charged at national rate. Trained call handling staff will help with a wide range of enquiries and will provide advice on publications that can be obtained via HSE Books (see below). A queuing system operates and calls are answered in rotation. Faxed enquiries should be sent to the HSE's Information Centre at Broad Lane in Sheffield on 0114 289 2333. A telephone interpreting service is available.
A wide range of free leaflets are available from Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Books (tel: 01787 881165, fax: 01787 313995). Ask for a publications price list (free) which lists all the titles. Some of the leaflets are available in other languages.
HSE/Local Authority Offices
Advice about specific health and safety issues can be obtained from local offices of HSE or your Local Authority (depending on which is the enforcing authority for your kind of business). Look for the telephone number in your local telephone directory (under Health and Safety Executive or the name of your Local Authority).
HSE Priced Publications
These can be obtained from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA (tel: 01787 881165; fax: 01787 313995), from local branches of Dillons, Rymans, Waterstones or any good book sellers. Send for Hess publications list for details of HSE publications in print.
HSELine is a computer database of bibliographic references to published documents on health and safety at work. It contains over 150,000 references and 12,000 additions are made each year. For further information on how to access this service contact: (a) British Library, Science, Reference and Information Service (IRS/Dialtech), 25, Southampton Buildings, London WC2A 1AW (tel: 0171 323 9946/7951; fax: 0171 323 7954); or (b) Dialog Corporation, Communication Building, 48, Leicester square, London WC2H 7DB (tel: 0171 930 6900); or (c) Questel Orbit Online Service, 18, Parkshot, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2RG (tel: 0208 3327888).
You can access RoSPA's website at (www.rospa.com) which provides a comprehensive overview of RoSPA's activities and services and includes advice sheets for small firms. By becoming an occupational member of RoSPA you can get instant telephone access to RoSPA's Information Services which provide up-to-date technical advice on health and safety matters. You can also get details of essential RoSPA services - including training courses, audit and review services and our consultancy services (tel: 0121 248 2000; fax: 0121 248 2001).
Other Sources of Information
There are many other useful sources of information, including professional bodies, public libraries, trades unions, trade and technical associations, universities and colleges, training organisations and local health and safety groups.