Okay, this post is a little out of the ordinary because rather than talk about a specific safety issue, I want to talk about file sharing as it relates to getting information relating to safety.
Rather than try to explain it all in detail let’s just jump right in and start playing.
Go to www.scribd.com. This is one of the many file sharing sites out there. It’s also one of my favorites because of the breadth of products you can find there.
Type “Eye Protection” in the search box at the top and click the “search” button (or just hit the enter key). Behold… 18,105 pages which translates to over 181,000 documents (10 documents per page) that contain this key word. Now that’s a lot of documents and you’re probably going to have to either spend a lot of time riffling through the search results or refine your search.
On page 1 of the above search, fourth document down, you’ll find “The Basics of Eye Protection” that I unloaded there back in November of ’08 as part of my “The Basics of…” series.
You’re going to have to answer the ethical question of what you are going to download and keep on your computer as Scribd.com does not guarantee that all these documents are public domain or free for the taking but most, like the ones that I upload are.
This makes this site a great place for safety related information and documents.
Here’s another example… You’ve got a safety meeting tomorrow and you need a topic. Go to scribd and type in “Safety toolbox” to find, amongst others, “Toolbox Talks Complete” which is a year’s worth of weekly safety meeting subjects.
And the cool thing is that this is just one of many such sites out there.
Here’s another three file sharing websites like this one that I use regularly:
Got another favorite? Send it along to me and share it with other readers.