Celebrating Our Past

The Safety and Health Historical Society seeks to share lessons learned from past events, people, methods, and accomplishments of many individuals, companies, and organizations that advanced safety and health for the public and workers.

Welcome to the Safety and Health Historical Society (SHHS) web site! SHHS seeks to celebrate the people, events, methods, accomplishments, and records from the history of safety, industrial hygiene, fire protection, physicians and nurses, insurance, government, human factors, societies, organizations, publications, companies and other entities that have moved the safety and health professions forward for well over 100 years. There are many, many stories to tell and accomplishments to capture and share. That is the goal of the Safety and Health Historical Society. 

Join SHHS to learn of our past and to contribute to uncovering and telling about the significant accomplishments of the past!

The Archives of Safety and Health

The primary means for sharing the accounts from the past is through the official journal of the Safety and Health Historical Society. The Archives will tell the stories that influenced safety and health today.

Featured Articles

Articles of Interest

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Editor’s Perspective
Reading Time: 1 minute The editor's perspective on the stories that shape safety and health standards and practices.
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Wrong Way Construction Sign
You Be The Judge by Jose Schorr
Reading Time: 1 minute Would you award the workman's compensation claim?
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Fire Extinguisher
Did you know? First Fire Prevention Day – 1920
Reading Time: 2 minutes A proclamation signed by President Woodrow WIlson sets aside Saturday October 9, 2910 as Fire Prevention
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On This Date: 1912 – First Cooperative Safety Congress
Reading Time: 1 minute One of the earliest textbooks in safety and health was authored by the Director of the
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Wackiest Mishaps of 1966
Reading Time: 3 minutes It used to be news when a man bit a dog. But in 1966 a dog
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Health Concerns in 1918
Reading Time: 3 minutes The second leading cause of death in the United States about 1915 was tuberculosis. The disease
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Workmen’s Compensation That Preceded State Laws
Reading Time: 1 minute The United States Steel Corporation was recognized as one of the companies at the leading edge
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Firefighter
Did you know? Major Fires in US History
Reading Time: 1 minute One of the earliest textbooks in safety and health was authored by the Director of the
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Food for Thought in 1920 (and maybe for today)
Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the earliest textbooks in safety and health was authored by the Director of the
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Book by William H Tolman
Did you know? Who wrote one of the earliest textbooks in safety and health?
Reading Time: 1 minute One of the earliest textbooks in safety and health was authored by the Director of the
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