In 1968, at the height of the Vietnam war, some 2.5 million Americans suffered disabilitating injuries, not on the battlefield but right here at home while on the job. That’s 54 times more than were injured in the war.
In order to do something about these numbers OSHA was founded.
Watch a 28 minute video on the Story of OSHA on Youtube.
This film tells workers how OSHA was set up to stem the tide of disease, injury, and death, and what their rights are under the law. Explains how NIOSH conducts tests, how standards are set, and how OSHA investigates complaints. Produced and distributed by OSHA in 1980. Then in 1981, the incoming head of OSHA Thorne Auchter recalled and destroyed most copies. A few copies were kept alive by renegade union officials who refused to return their copies. The penalty for being discovered in possession of one of these films was loosing all OSHA funding for their safety and health programs.
This film was preserved through the years through the efforts of Mark Catlin, who made this and other censored OSHA films available for digitizing.
Last year I wrote an article for the “Workplace HR and Safety” website/blog.
As I never actually posted this particular article on this blog today I thought that I’d just point you to it.
Here’s the article entitled “How to Ensure Your Employees Wear the Right PPE“
In case of an earthquake, how secure is your home? If it was built prior to the 1950s, the walls and load bearing walls were not bolted to the foundation. If it was built prior to the 1970s if may not have the correct number of bolts either. Either one of these scenarios can spell disaster if an earthquake should hit.
Fortunately there are ways to retrofit your home.
Learn more about increasing your safety and minimizing structural damage to your home by watching this video:
As soon as the latest and greatest smart phone comes out millions of us rush to the store to purchase it. Americans have an insatiable need to technology, so much so that we never stop to consider what the cost of this “have to have” mentality is. I’m not talking about the dollar cost, I’m talking about the human cost.
Right now almost every piece of electronic that you and I use has been cleaned and treated with Benzene so, when you are using it you are exposing yourself to Benzene poisoning. Above and beyond that is the cost in human lives in the factories where these smart phones, tablets and laptops are assembled. Most of the electronics we purchase come from China where factory workers work from 8 AM to 11 PM with no time off, exposed all the while to high doses of Benzene, conditions that would never be allowed here in the USA.
Check out this video to understand the nature of the problem and what we can do about it:
With millions of chemicals and hazardous substances in use around us every day, with flame retardant chemicals sprayed on our curtains and furniture, with toxins in the air that we breathe do you ever wonder exactly how much of this stuff you’re actually being exposed to?
Well the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology and College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University might just be in a position to answer that question for you.
Worn like any other bracelet, most of which are worn to show our support for some cause or person, these silicone bracelets are actually sampling your exposure to “a diverse set of compounds including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), consumer products, personal care products, pesticides, phthalates, and other industrial compounds ranging in log Kow from −0.07 (caffeine) to 9.49 (tris(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate).”
By using chromatography (a procedure that breaks samples down and identifies the individual atoms present), this procedure can let you know what your exposure has been.
You can read more about it on the Environmental Science and Technology website.