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Using Social Media to Promote Workplace Health & Safety

This workshop, aimed at folks just beginning to explore the use of social media, will cover the major types of social media available today, including blogs, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. We” ll examine how they can be integrated into our existing health and safety work with examples from COSH groups, unions and other organizations.   We” ll then discuss possible uses of these new tools in our campaigns, education and outreach.


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  • Mark Catlin [SEIU]
  • Dorry Samuels [National COSH]

Mark Catlin  works as an Industrial Hygienist for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, D.C.   He’s worked on occupational and environmental health issues since 1981 for organized labor, several COSH groups and an occupational medicine clinic.   In about 2000 he began collecting and incorporating historical films into his 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 more than four million hits and currently contains more than 1,000 films and film clips from the rich history of occupational and environmental health, the earliest from 1912.   In 2010, Mark added a Facebook Page to promote occupational and environmental health films and his YouTube channel.

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Dorry Samuels  is the Communications Manager for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. She joins the COSH network after a few years as Public Citizen’s press office coordinator,  where she was actively engaged in a variety of projects relating to worker safety and health and the battle against anti-regulatory legislation, and as a reporter for the  Loudoun Independent  in northern Virginia.  She holds a B.A. in Journalism from American University and is currently enrolled in a Masters’ program in Digital Communications at Johns Hopkins University. Dorry maintains National COSH’s press outreach, social media engagement, and video editing, and has begun developing mobile apps and a wiki for the COSH Network.  

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