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Safety & Health Historical Society

October 19, 2020



October 2020 Issue Just Released: The Archives of Safety and Health, Volume 3, Number 4

The main publication of the Safety and Health Historical Society is a quarterly journal, The Archives of Safety and Health. The October 2020 issue (Volume 3, Number 4) contains articles for people engaged in and interested in safety and health history related to their practice. Key articles cover:

  • 1918 EXPLOSION AT MORGAN, NEW JERSEY In 1918 Morgan, NJ welcomed a newly constructed shell loading plant covering more than 3 square miles of land and employing 6000 workers. On the evening of October 4 one production facility exploded and led to a three-day nightmare. Today, the plant and event that impacted hundreds is essentially lost in history.
  • WHAT IS BARBER’S ITCH? For many decades a disease of the barbering business was “barber’s itch.” Known by a variety of names, this skin disorder was most often transmitted between customers via the barber’s towel and tools. Self shaving and sanitation improvements that came about when states began licensing barbers nearly eliminated this disorder.
  • HISTORY OF THE STEEL TOE SHOE How did shoe manufacturers begin to offer protection of toes from falling objects and other forces? This article traces the history of steel toe shoes and boots.
  • MEET RALPH NADER One of the individuals who gave national attention to designing safety into automobiles was Ralph Nader. His book in 1965, Unsafe at Any Speed, caused the auto manufacturers to balance safety with styling and significantly improve protection of drivers and occupants. His efforts led to creation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1966 that oversees vehicle safety standards.

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NC Chapter Member Recognized as the Regional Safety Professional of the Year

For the 3rd time in five years, and in back-to-back years a member of the North Carolina chapter has been named the Region VI Safety Professional of the Year (SPY).  Congratulations to Matt Wilcox for receiving this incredible recognition.  Read the full posting here.

ASSP recognizes one outstanding safety professional from each of the nine geographical regions annually as a Regional Safety Professional of the Year (SPY).  With over 39,000 professional members in 80 countries, only nine men and women are recognized annually for this achievement.  The SPY recipients have advanced the American Society of Safety Professionals and the safety profession through their dedication and leadership.  Region VI of ASSP comprises 13 chapters of ASSP and covers South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Delaware.

In 2016, Arlene Edwards of the North Carolina chapter was awarded the Regional Safety Professional of the Year recognition for Region VI of ASSP.

In 2019, Chris Hinson of the North Carolina chapter was awarded the Regional Safety Professional of the Year recognition for Region VI of ASSP.

ASSP Recognizes Five Next-Generation Safety Leaders

The North Carolina Chapter is proud to recognize Ogaga Tebehaevu for his selfless servant leadership in being recognized in the inaugural ASSP Emerging Professionals Award.

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has selected its first group of recipients for a new award and professional development program that aims to advance occupational safety and health careers while supporting the entire profession. ASSP’s 2020 Emerging Professional Award was earned by five next-generation safety leaders who demonstrate leadership, volunteerism and a desire to widely impact workplace safety through their involvement in the world’s oldest professional safety organization.

In less than five years Ogaga has earned both the CSP and CIH designations.  These two accomplishments demonstrate Ogaga’s well-rounded background, education, and the desire to demonstrate professional credibility.  These add significant value to his ASSP service roles especially in inspiring students to achieve certification and engage in volunteerism.  Ogaga is consistently giving back to his alma mater and its students.  He serves on the ECU MS, Occupational Safety Program’s External Advisory Board.  He has delivered guest lectures in Industrial Hygiene, System Safety, and the undergraduate course in occupational safety, as well as mentoring graduate students on course and practicum related projects.  Ogaga’s most influential professional service contribution is to ASSP Region VI where he serves as Assistant Regional Vice President for Student Affairs.  In this role Ogaga has completely upgraded the student poster session and student experience at the Region VI PDC.  He challenges students to be both research-oriented and practice driven when developing their research topics.  Ogaga developed a student networking event during the conference that allows professionals and students to engage in professional engagement and mentorship.

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