A YouTube Video Library for Health and Safety Professional and Trainers: A project utilizing historic occupational and environmental health and safety films

December 14, 2016, 4:00 PM EST

Social media applications can be valuable tools to disseminate occupational and environmental health information worldwide to professionals in the field, to workers and employers. This presentation describes a video resource library for educators and trainers. The YouTube channel, Workplace and Environmental Health and Safety Films (http://www.youtube.com/user/markdcatlin), contains films and film clips ranging from 30 seconds to 60 minutes in length. The films are primarily from government and industrial sources produced from 1912 to 2000. Films are mostly in the public domain but have not been readily accessible. They present events and issues from the rich history of workplace and environmental health and safety and are intended for use by teachers and trainers as triggers for discussions and to increase participant engagement. Accompanying each film is information on the original source, a description of its historic significance and continued relevance, and links to current sources of information. A keyword search tool is available on the channel homepage. The channel currently contains more than 1000 films on a wide range of topics. This presentation will provide quantitative and qualitative information on the use of the channel, along with lessons learned on the creation, operation and use of this social media application.

Biographical Sketch Mark Catlin

Mark Catlin is an Industrial Hygienist currently working for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, D.C., primarily on healthcare safety and health issues. He’s worked on a wide range of occupational and environmental health issues since 1981for labor unions, consulting firms and the University of Washington occupational medicine clinic. In the 1990s, he began collecting and incorporating historical films into his health and safety teaching. In 2006, Mark created his YouTube Channel, Historic Workplace and Environmental Health and Safety Films as a resource for trainers and educators. The channel has had almost 8 million hits and currently contains more than 1,000 films clips from films from the rich history of occupational and environmental health, primarily from 1912 to 2000. In 2010, Mark added a Facebook Page film to promote occupational and environmental health and his YouTube channel. Mark’s email is mark.catlin@seiu.org .

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