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Enabling a Better Working World

Enabling a better Working World

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Our Partners

To be a world class health and safety laboratory is at the heart of HSL's vision.

To enhance and promote HSL's reputation and capabilities we continually strengthen our links with scientific and technical organisations. We currently have formal collaborative agreements with 20 such organisations in the UK and overseas, plus extensive informal networks throughout the world.

Some examples of HSL's collaborative arrangements are described below:

World Health Organisation (WHO)

InterLab Forum

Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health (PEROSH)

Healthy Work Matters Group

 

World Health Organisation (WHO)

WHOHSL is designated as a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research.

One area of HSL's work had been afforded collaborating status for a number of years, and in 2003 this was extended to incorporate all of HSL's activities.

This allows HSL to:

• Provide advisory services to WHO.
• Assist WHO in the development of educational material.
• Undertake research of interest to WHO.
• Assist WHO's European Office with issues relating to workers' health.
• Participate in the network of WHO Collaborating Centres.

This prestigious status enhances our networking capability and testifies to the quality of HSL's scientific advice.

World Health Organisation website

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InterLab Forum

The Interlab Forum was established in 2006 as the vehicle through which six key public sector research establishments could develop and enhance the nation's capability in emergency response and disease control through sharing knowledge. They are:

The laboratories share a common objective of providing science and technology-based research and advice to policy makers in Government, to other public and private sector organisations and in some cases direct to the public. Between them they can bring to bear the expertise of over 9,000 scientists, technologists and engineers, many with international reputations as leaders in their field.

Forum members use their extensive partnering networks to maximise the opportunities that exist for knowledge transfer and exploitation of intellectual property. In all cases they are committed to scientific excellence and ensuring best value in the work they do.

Areas of common interest include:

  • Emergency response - covering response modes to emergency situations, capabilities and surge capacity.
  • Modelling and simulation - of disease control, climatic change and resource management.
  • Detection, decontamination and remediation - of hazardous materials, dangerous pathogens and ionising radiation.
  • Animal health research facilities and telemetry.

Examples of high profile collaborative projects have included:

  • The 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic. HPA led the UK response to the pandemic supported on the veterinary side by VLA. Emergency response support was provided by Cefas and Dstl.
  • Highly pathogenic avian flu outbreak in a Suffolk turkey farm in February 2007. VLA led on the emergency response with back-up investigation and high containment facilities provided by Fera and the HPA.
  • Exposure/contamination of polonium 210 following the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006. HPA led on the health implications of the poisoning, with an emergency testing capacity provided by Cefas and VLA.
  • The Buncefield fire in 2005. HPA and HSL provided large scale sampling of air quality, which confirmed minimal risk to public health and surrounding communities and Dstl provided gas modelling.

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Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health (PEROSH)

PEROSHHSL is a founder member of the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health (PEROSH) which is a network of twelve occupational safety and health research institutes from across Europe. The partnership aims to strengthen collaboration by sharing research results and pooling expertise, to promote knowledge transfer between institutes and beyond, and to strengthen the social dialogue in occupational health matters in Europe. PEROSH will operate via 'scientific pillars'. The initial three pillars are: work organisation, risk perception and management, and emerging issues.

PEROSH website

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Healthy Work Matters Group

Healthy Work MattersThe Healthy Work Matters Group (formerly known as the Sheffield Occupational Health Development Group - SOHDG) is a partnership between the Sheffield Health Authority, local industries, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), Primary Care Groups (GPs), Universities, the NHS and Trade Unions.

The aim of the group is to raise awareness about the effects of work on health, and the effects of health on fitness to work for employees, employers, safety representatives and health professionals through network meetings, newsletters and the Healthy Work Matters website. This website aims to provide support, help and advice to employers, employees and employee representatives from small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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