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Health and Safety Seminar and Resources

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

A Health and Safety Seminar organized by the U of T student branch of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) will take place on January 25, 2010.  For more information, please see the web posting.

Engineering and Computer Science Library has a variety of resources related to health and safety in engineering.  We have compiled a brief  list of books, web sites and other resources relevant to this topic.  To access these resources, please click on the title of the resource.  Please note, if you are off campus, you may be asked for your UTORid and pin to access library resources.

Relevant Websites

These websites are free online resources that have a variety of information related to health and safety, including case studies and videos.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Process Safety Management Division of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

Center for Chemical Process Safety (AIChE)

Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA)

Government of Ontario Ministry of Labour Health and Safety Web Site

Workplace Health and Safety (Government of Canada)

Relevant Subject Guides

Safety, Health and Environmental Issues in Engineering

This research guide contains relevant websites, databases, handbooks and links to free online resources related to safety, health and environmental issues in engineering.

Relevant Databases

Use these databases to find useful research articles related to health and safety:

Health and Safety Science Abstracts

Risk Abstracts


Relevant e-Books

Here is a selection of e-books related to health and safety in engineering.  You can find more e-books as well as printed books by searching the library catalogue or looking at the Safety, Health and Environmental Issues in Engineering research guide.

Inherently safer chemical processes : a life cycle approach

Practical hazops, trips and alarms

Sax’s Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials

Still going wrong!

Safety and security review for the process industries

Reliability, maintainability, and risk

Perry’s chemical engineers’ handbook

For more information on how to find information related to  health and safety in engineering, please come to the Engineering and Computer Science Library.

New Books – Available June 18

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Here is a list of some of the new additions to Engineering and Computer Science Library’s collection:

An approach to ontology construction : and its application to community portals

Safety research on highway infrastructure and operations : improving priorities, coordination, and quality

Review of the federal strategy for nanotechnology-related environmental, health, and safety research

Fires in silos : hazards, prevention, and fire fighting

Designing for older adults : principles and creative human factors approaches (2nd ed.)

Paris et ses expositions universelles : architectures, 1855-1937

Humber River watershed plan : pathways to a health Humber

You can preview these and other books now at the New Books display at the entrance to Engineering and Computer Science Library.  They will be available to check out of the library beginning June 18.

Focus: Biographies of Engineers

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Our December book display at Engineering & Computer Science Library features biographies of famous engineers. Drop by and take a look!

We also have a great selection of online biograhical resources. Here is a sampling:

Sandford Fleming is quoted as saying that steam and electricity were the twin agencies of civilization. Read more about this very influential engineer:

History by the Minute (has a video clip)

Articles on Sir Fleming:

…from Dictionary of Canadian Biography

…from the Canadian Encyclopedia

…from Canada Science & Technology Museum

…from the Canada Science & Technology Museum

…from Virtual Museum Canada

Focus: Biometrics

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Biometrics can be defined as “any automatically measurable, robust and distinctive physical characteristic or personal trait that can be used to identify an individual or verify the claimed identity of an individual.” (Woodward, John D., et al. Biometrics: a look at Facial Recognition. Rand, 2003.)

There are many different types of biometrics that technology now makes possible:

  • Iris scan – measures the iris pattern in the colored part of the eye
  • Retinal scan – measures the blood vessel patterns in the back of the eye
  • Facial recognition – records the spatial geometry of distinguishing features of the face
  • Speaker/Voice recognition – uses vocal characteristics it identify individuals
  • Fingerprint – an automated digital version of the ink-and-paper method
  • Hand/Finger geometry – measures many dimensions of the hand and fingers
  • Dynamic signature verification – an automated method that measures speed, directions and pressure of writing
  • Keystroke dynamics – examines an individual’s keystrokes, measuring speed, pressure, time between strokes, etc.

This month’s in-library book display features a number of books on various aspects of biometry – come in and take a look!

The Library Catalogue lists additional books on various aspects of biometric identification, ethical aspects, and the science of biometry.

We also have a number of journals which specialize in biometrics. Here is a sampling of online journals:

More online resources

The Biometric Consortium serves as a focal point for research, development, testing, evaluation, and application of biometric-based personal identification/verification technology.

The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the University of Ottawa has a web page on biometrics which addresses issues surrounding biometric technologies and their implications for individual privacy.

The CBC has done a couple of broadcasts related to biometrics:

Focus: greenhouse gases

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Our Summer book display at Engineering & Computer Science Library features a wide range of books on climate change, greenhouse gas mitigation, sources & sinks, and air quality issues. Drop by and take a look!

We also have a good selection of e-books and e-journals. Here is a sampling:

Here are some additional resources from the open web:

Focus: Human Engineering

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Engineering & Computer Science Library has an excellent range of materials on all aspects of ergonomics, human engineering and human-computer interaction. Come in and browse our book display!

Take advantage of our Ergonomics Research Sources guide to discover relevant journal databases, books, handbooks and dictionaries.

Also available through our APS112 Research Sources site is a sampling of reference books on human factors and ergonomics.

You will find many more books in the Book Stacks, upstairs area of Engineering Library by browsing the book shelves in the following call number areas:

QA76.9 .H85….[books on human-computer interaction]
TA166….[books on human engineering]
TS171….[industrial design aspects]

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It was 30 years ago today: The Sandford Fleming Fire

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

This month marks the thirty-year anniversary of the Sandford Fleming Sandford Fleming BuildingBuilding Fire. On Friday February 11 1977 at 2:30am, a devastating fire began in a lecture hall in the northeast wing of the building.

The fire burned for eight hours before being brought under control. This was the largest fire in Toronto that year. Approximately 100 firemen and 1/3 of Toronto’s fire engines were needed to control the blaze, and flooding extended all the way to Queen’s Park Subway station.

After it was finished, 49,000 square feet of space were lost. Approximately 30% of the library’s collection was lost, and a number of professors and graduate students lost years’ worth of research when their offices were destroyed.

During the month of February we have a display of photos of the fire and the library’s book recovery efforts as well as copies of some newspaper articles. Drop by Engineering & Computer Science Library and take a look!

Focus: biomass energy

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

This month’s theme is biomass energy, i.e., plant or animal matter grown for use as biofuel or for industrial production of chemicals and other materials. We have a number of excellent books on this topic – come into Engineering & Computer Science Library and check out our book display!

Here are some additional authoritative library resources on this topic:

Biomass & Bioenergy
The online journal Biomass and bioenergy is “an international journal publishing original research papers and short communications, review articles and case studies.

Key areas covered by the journal:

  • Biomass: sources, energy crop production processes, genetic improvements, composition
  • Biological Residues: wastes from agricultural production and forestry, processing industries, and municipal sources (MSW)
  • Bioenergy Processes: fermentations, thermochemical conversions, liquid and gaseous fuels, and petrochemical substitutes
  • Bioenergy Utilization: direct combustion, gasification, electricity production, chemical processes, and by-product remediation
  • Biomass and the Environment: carbon cycle, the net energy efficiency of bioenergy systems, assessment of sustainability, and biodiversity issues

The scope of the journal extends to the environmental, management and economic aspects of biomass and bioenergy.”

Other journals
You can also browse any of these online and hardcopy journals in our library collection:

Keyword searches for articles
Alternately, you can also keyword search for articles on any particular subtopic. Simply go to the
U of T Libraries’ home page and type your search terms in the search box at centre:

US Department of Energy (DOE) Information Bridge
An excellent resource for full text government reports online, including those on topics such as biomass energy, is the DOE Information Bridge. It includes full text links and bibliographic records for reports detailing R&D in environmental sciences, energy technologies, renewable energy, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials, and other areas.

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