Let’s be clear… bats are beneficial. They consume an incredible number of mosquitoes and other unwanted insects. Having said that, we also need to be clear that bats can be harmful. When human habitations become bat habitations we can quickly end up with a problem.
Bats hanging in your attic can rapidly produce a vast amount of bat droppings and bat droppings can harbor Histoplasma. Histoplasma can cause histoplasmosis, a potentially severe infection.
Learn more with this video by the IAQ Video Network:
I have my home and my vehicles insured through Amica Insurance. They’re a great company. If you’re looking for insurance, give them a call.
What I didn’t realize, however, is that they not only provide insurance, they also provide free online safety videos on YouTube.
Here are the Amica Insurance Safety Videos available:
In an effort to get the message across that tinnitus is on the rise and that something needs to be done, the American Tinnitus Association called on William Shatner. William Shatner tells how he suffers from tunnitus caused by a special effects explosion on the set of one of his Star Trek episodes. He goes on to give us statistics that drive home how serious this issue is, both for adults, for the elderly, even children with an estimated 13% suffering from it.
Check out the video for yourself (click on the image below)
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.
From the OSHA newsletter:
A new animated video in OSHA’s educational series about potential hazards in the construction industry is now available. “Prevent Electrocutions: Work Safely with Cranes near Power Lines” is the 14th video in the series, which are based on real-life incidents and include detailed depictions of hazards and the safety measures that would have prevented the injuries and fatalities. Available in both English and Spanish, the videos are brief, easy to understand, and geared to the needs of employers and workers. To stream or download the videos, visit OSHA’s construction v-tools Web page or the Department of Labor YouTube channel.