Health and safety

Health and safety

This guide will help you find and use key resources for health and safety and related subjects. Be aware that American resources may describe the subject as Safety and health or industrial hygiene.

Finding books

To explore books and ebooks use Discover. Watch a short video to help improve your search.

Where are my books in the Library?

You will find relevant books throughout the Library, for example:

  • Health and safety regulations: 344, level 4
  • Health and safety as a function of business: 658.382, level 2 

For help ask a member of staff on the floor or watch Find a book in the Library.

Many of our books are online, watch Find and use ebooks to learn more.

Finding journals

Use Discover to search for journal articles on a topic or to search for a journal by title. Watch our short videos Find a Journal by Title and Browse Journals by Subject to improve your search.

Your lecturer may recommend specific titles, but you can also view our occupational health and industrial hygiene and safety science collections to see what journals we have for your subject area.

Finding and using databases

Databases enable you to do a more strategic search than you can on Discover. They help you find information quickly and efficiently by allowing you to search using a combination of search terms, to filter and narrow your results (by date or subject area for example) and save your searches for later.

Key databases for health and safety

If you are looking for journal articles the main databases are:

  • British Standards Online (BSOL): full text of over 60,000 British, adopted European and International standards includes the complete set of all Eurocodes in full text.
  • Construction Information Service: full text industry and technical information - contracts, current regulations and related news and briefings.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Information Service (OHSIS): Industry and government information from key health, safety and environmental management publishing organisations covering legislation, guidance, standards and best practices
  • Lexis Library: journals, case law and key books including Redgrave's Health and Safety and Tolley's Health and Safety at Work. Once in the database click commentary and search for Health and Safety.
    Note: Lexis Library content is only found on Lexis and cannot be searched through Discover.

These databases cover a wide range of subject areas and are a good starting point if you're not sure where to search for information.

There is some overlap between the databases but every database also has unique content. Some databases provide help guides - these are available within the Discover record for that database. If you need further support, contact your librarian.


Websites can offer a range of information, for example policy documents and statistics, which may be difficult to find elsewhere.

There are lots of useful websites freely available, including the Health and Safety regulator, associations like the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and charities like ROSPA.

With such a wide variety available you need to ensure that the sites you are using are trustworthy. We provide guidance on evaluating websites.