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Slide 1:Chris Moore

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Health & Safety Research on the Internet

Slide 2:Overview

Background to the Internet What are you looking for? World Wide Web Directories & Search Engines Reliable sites Message-based discussion groups Using discussion group archives Evaluating what you have found

Slide 3:Background to the Internet

Late 1960’s Pentagon experiment used by US government, military & academia throughout 1970’s and 1980’s public awareness of the Internet began 1993-1994 WWW, Windows, increased computing power provided catalysts for rapid growth

Slide 4:Internet Statistics

c110 million known hosts (permanently connected computers) (Internet Software Consortium) c407 million users 15.4 million in Canada 134.6 million in USA (Computer Industry Almanac)

Slide 5:World Wide Web

academic exercise in 1992 number of WWW sites: June 1993 - 130 June 1995 - 23,500 June 1997 - 1,117,000 June 1999 - 6,177,000 February 2001 - 28,125,000 (Netcraft)

Slide 6:E-Mail & Discussion Groups

E-mail Over 10 billion messages sent per year More widely used than WWW Message-based discussion groups Hundreds of thousands of discussion groups worldwide Over 240 that are known to be related to OH&S

Slide 7:What are you looking for?

Chemical information Government, commercial & university web sites Topic-based information Government & university web sites Legislation, legislative interpretation Government web sites, discussion groups Research results Scientific databases on government web sites

Slide 8:What are you looking for (cont’d)

Policies/procedures/guidelines Government, SWA & university web sites, discussion groups Current information on a topic Research databases on government web sites, discussion groups Opinions/advice/feedback Discussion groups

Slide 9:Finding information on the Web

Search engines Directories “Reliable” web sites

Slide 10:Search engines

Search engines Software indexes the content of up to 1 billion web pages/documents Search using words and phrases Differences between search engines and directoriesDifferences between search engines and directories

Slide 11:Top Search Engines

search content of up to 1 billion WWW pages AltaVista - www.altavista.com Fast Search – www.alltheweb.com Google - www.google.com HotBot - www.hotbot.com Northern Light - www.northernlight.com My top picks for search enginesMy top picks for search engines

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Slide 12:Results of a search on GoogleResults of a search on Google

Slide 13:Directories

Directories Listings by topic, compiled by humans Main access is by browsing topics Some searching possible, but just site names and brief descriptions – not content

Slide 14:Types of directories

general purpose directories provide hierarchical subject access to Internet sites www.yahoo.com H&S-specific directories provide access to sites containing H&S information www.ccohs.ca/resources/hshome.html oshweb.me.tut.fi

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Slide 15:CCOHS Internet DirectoryCCOHS Internet Directory

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Slide 16:A section of the page of web sites containing chemical informationA section of the page of web sites containing chemical information

Slide 17:Reliable web sites…

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Slide 18:Links to information on web sites from Canadian government agencies with responsibility for OH&S and/or compensationLinks to information on web sites from Canadian government agencies with responsibility for OH&S and/or compensation

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Slide 21:Health Canada – different types of information - WHMISHealth Canada – different types of information - WHMIS

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Slide 22:Health Canada – biosafety (including MSDS on infectious substances), travel health, workplace health, etc.Health Canada – biosafety (including MSDS on infectious substances), travel health, workplace health, etc.

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Slide 23:Canadian Health Network – run by Health Canada. CCOHS contributes the Workplace Health informationCanadian Health Network – run by Health Canada. CCOHS contributes the Workplace Health information

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Slide 24:US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health – many collections of publications and data setsUS National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health – many collections of publications and data sets

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Slide 26:US Occupational Safety and Health Administration – full text of US Acts & Regs, publications, and a topic-based information collection called “Technical Links”US Occupational Safety and Health Administration – full text of US Acts & Regs, publications, and a topic-based information collection called “Technical Links”

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Slide 28:US National Library of Medicine – huge resource of scientific databases – TOXLINE, HSDB, MEDLINE, etc. – all accessible freeUS National Library of Medicine – huge resource of scientific databases – TOXLINE, HSDB, MEDLINE, etc. – all accessible free

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Slide 30:Environmental informationEnvironmental information

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Slide 31:European Agency for Safety and Health at Work – OH&S information from all European Union countriesEuropean Agency for Safety and Health at Work – OH&S information from all European Union countries

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Slide 33:SafetyLine – WorkSafe Western Australia – extensive source of OH&S documents, solutions, online courses, etc.SafetyLine – WorkSafe Western Australia – extensive source of OH&S documents, solutions, online courses, etc.

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Slide 36:Typing Injury FAQ site – collection of ergonomics information – primarily related to computer useTyping Injury FAQ site – collection of ergonomics information – primarily related to computer use

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Slide 40:Vermont SIRI (Safety Information Resources, Inc.) – online library, MSDS collection & moreVermont SIRI (Safety Information Resources, Inc.) – online library, MSDS collection & more

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Slide 41:Vermont SIRI’s collection of OH&S PowerPoint presentationsVermont SIRI’s collection of OH&S PowerPoint presentations

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Slide 43:Ergonomics informationErgonomics information

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Slide 44:Industrial/occupational hygieneIndustrial/occupational hygiene

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Slide 45:Occupational health/medicineOccupational health/medicine

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Slide 46:CCOHS – OSH Answers – hundreds of OSH topics with a couple of thousand questions and answersCCOHS – OSH Answers – hundreds of OSH topics with a couple of thousand questions and answers

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Slide 47:One of the OSH Answers documents on WHMISOne of the OSH Answers documents on WHMIS

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Slide 49:CCOHS’ collection of online databases – most available on a subscription basisCCOHS’ collection of online databases – most available on a subscription basis

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Slide 50:Searching CCOHS’ MSDS databaseSearching CCOHS’ MSDS database

Slide 51:MSDS search resultMSDS search result

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Slide 52:CCOHS’ collection of environmental and OH&S legislation for all Canadian jurisdictions (subscription based)CCOHS’ collection of environmental and OH&S legislation for all Canadian jurisdictions (subscription based)

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Slide 53:Sample regulationSample regulation

Slide 54:Mailing Lists

E-mail - based discussion groups c240 related to health & safety Uses: Daily Conferencing with Peers Problem Solving News on Hot Issues Announcements of Internet information sources Job postings

Slide 55:H & S Mailing Lists

HS-Canada (CCOHS) Safety (University of Vermont) Occ-Env-Med-L (Duke University) AIHAIH-List (AIHA) Hazmat-l, Emerg-l, GlobalOccHyg-L & thousands more to choose from....

Slide 56:Mailing List samples

Slide 57:A typical couple of days on HS-CanadaA typical couple of days on HS-Canada

Slide 60:Mailing List Archives

View all messages that have been sent to a specific list Search by subject Generally available whether you participate in the list or not

Slide 61:Mailing List Archives (cont’d)

HS-Canada SAFETY Occ-Env-Med-L OccHygPro AIHAIH-List (must be subscribed)

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Slide 62:HS-Canada archives – view any message(s) sent since 1996HS-Canada archives – view any message(s) sent since 1996

Slide 63:Search the HS-Canada archives by subjectSearch the HS-Canada archives by subject

Slide 65:Where to find other H&S discussion groups…

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Slide 66:Find out about other OH&S-related discussion groups on CCOHS’ Internet DirectoryFind out about other OH&S-related discussion groups on CCOHS’ Internet Directory

Slide 68:Professional Concerns

Reliable Is the resource accessible when you need it? Authoritative Reasoned, verifiable information? Current Accurate

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Slide 69:Man dies at the office…Man dies at the office…

Slide 70:(Not really!)(Not really!)

Slide 71:Evaluating web information

Who wrote it? Who published it (web site, print publisher)? Is there obvious bias? Are there referrals to other sources? Can the information be verified? (references, contact info., etc.) How current is it? (Johns Hopkins University)

Slide 72:Evaluating information from discussion groups

Very dependent on the type of question answered If you ask for advice or people’s opinions, treat the responses as such If someone makes a statement, verify it independently (e.g. what a specific piece of legislation says, which issue of a journal a particular article appeared in)

Slide 73:Evaluating information from discussion groups (cont’d)

Is the author identifiable Signature file on his/her message – credentials, employment Frequent contributor of good information Are statements publicly supported or refuted?

Slide 74:Get a copy of this presentation

http://www.ccohs.ca/iapa2001/ Chris Moore [email protected]

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