Safety & Health Historical Society

Oct 22, 2020

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.

Book Review: History of Occupational Health and Safety, Michelle Follette Turk

1943 Department of Labor: Lifting Guide

SHHS Publications

  • The main publication of SHHS is a quarterly journal, The Archives of Safety and Health. All participating individuals, organizations and libraries receive the quarter journal.
  • SHHS is also beginning a series of Marquee Publications that are book-length publications that provide some detailed information on topics in safety and health history, but are shorter in length than a typical 250 page or longer book. The first Marquee Publication is an 80-page booklet: Paying the Price – A Safety and Health Look at the Radium Story. It follows radium from discovery through mining, production, medical uses, the many radium products offered to the public, radium dial painting, radium diseases, emerging safety and health standards, and Superfund cleanup projects. The Marquee Publication series may include many other topics, such as sanitation in housing and the workplace, the lack of English speaking and reading in the workplace, ventilation development, record keeping development, historically emerging safety and health standards for public, workplace and product hazards. SHHS seeks your suggestions for Marquee Publications.


Chapters of Safety and Health Organizations Can Join SHHS

Chapters of safety and health professional societies can participate as “Contributors” of SHHS. Visit the SHHS web site: and click on “JOIN.” In the list of options, there is an option for “organization chapters.” The annual fee is $250. A chapter must appoint a contact person for the account. The contact person may be an officer or someone else. Key benefits include:

  • Receives the quarterly journal of SHHS, The Archives of Safety and Health.
  • Listed on the SHHS web site as a “contributor organization.
  • Fees are tax deductible, since SHHS is an IRS educational and charitable organization (501c3).

A major benefit for members is making a commitment to preserving and communicating S&H history!

THANK YOU to Chapters of Safety and Health Organizations!

  • Once again SHHS thanks those chapters of safety and health national organizations that have included information about SHHS and The Archives of Safety and Health in their newsletters. It is one way to provide a service to members by building their knowledge of the history of safety and health and lessons learned from the past.
  • Some chapters have included SHHS on their websites as part of a list of safety and health related organizations. That is a very simple way to help members learn about SHHS and its contributions to practice.


Needs of the Safety and Health Historical Society

SHHS need your help! Donate as an individual or an organization! There are cash donations, company matching donations and other forms of charitable donations. All donations are tax deductible, since SHHS is an IRS 501c3 educational and charitable corporation. On the SHHS website select DONATE on the top menu. Donations allow SHHS to enhance its website and expand its S&H historical programs.

Interested in the History of Your Profession?

Join SHHS as a Patron (individuals) or Contributor (organizations – including chapters)

Visit the SHHS Web Site and click on “Join”

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Safe + Sound Week 2020

Aug 06, 2020

Recognize Safe + Sound Week, August 10-16, 2020

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe.

Why Participate? Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.

Who Participates? All organizations looking for an opportunity to recognize their commitment to safety are welcome to participate. Last year, more than 3,300 businesses helped to raise awareness about workers’ health and safety!

Click here to learn more about Safe + Sound week.

In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper has signed a proclamation decreeing August 10-16 as Safe + Sound Week for the state of North Carolina

Click here to view the Governor’s proclamation.









1.5 CEU’s Free for ASSP Members (Online, Self-Paced Course)

Jun 01, 2020

Pandemic Challenges: How to Return to Work Safely

Occupational safety and health professionals (OSH) play a key role in bringing employees and contractors back into the workplace following a pandemic like COVID-19. Gain information and review examples of practices OSH professionals can use to help their organization resume operations and safely return people to a traditional work environment. Use practical examples of how to conduct a hazard assessment to create a plan your workplace can use to effectively identify and mitigate hazards.

Click here to login and register for the course.

What You Will Learn

  • Review how to effectively conduct a risk assessment
  • Create a written return-to-work plan
  • Assess facilities and physical assets
  • Identify entry requirements
  • Prepare your team to return
  • Examine importance of social distancing and proper hygiene
  • Review cleaning, deep cleaning and related considerations



Tim Fisher is director of standards and technical services for ASSP. A member of the Society’s staff since 1995, Fisher oversees ASSP’s standards-development activities. During his ASSP career, Tim also served as manager of governmental affairs and relations. Prior to joining ASSP, Tim was facilities and operations manager with Allstate Insurance Co., and also served in the U.S. Air Force. A professional member of ASSP, Fisher holds an M.S. in Industrial Management, Safety and Industrial Hygiene, from Northern Illinois University, an M.A. in Public Administration from University of Illinois-Chicago and a B.A. in Management from the University of Maryland, University College.

Occupational Safety & Health Week

May 04, 2020

What is NAOSH Week? The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the Interdisciplinary Association of Occupational Health and Hygiene of Mexico, Civil Association (AISOHMEX) join together to celebrate North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, or NAOSH Week, every year during the first full week of May to raise awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment.

Click here to learn about NAOSH week.

Each year ASSP urges everyone to get involved in NAOSH Week in an effort to better educate the public about the positive benefits a safe workplace provides not only for workers, but for their families, friends, businesses, their local community and the global community. In 2019, 5,147 people lost their lives on-the-job. ASSP and its 39,000 members are working tirelessly to reduce those numbers so we can all make it home safely.

In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper has signed a proclamation decreeing May 3rd to 9th as Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 7th as Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day.

Click here to download a copy of the proclamation

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

Apr 29, 2020

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.