George W. Harper Collection

The first collection acquired by the Safety and Health Historical Society is the George W. Harper Collection. This collection contains a range of articles, documents, pamphlets, and other items collected by George W. Harper. There are more than 22,000 items in the collection organized into more than 700 topics. The items in the collection cover the period from about 1915 through the late 1970s.

George W. Harper taught safety engineering and related courses within the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to teaching, he had a professional career in safety in the paper and other industries. He was a founding Director and Officer of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, which began in 1969.

Number of ItemsFile Name
52Noise measurement
126Dust
27Noise materials
15Drugs
35Noise - legal and workers comp
26Drop forging industry program
152Noise control
98Driver education
142Workmen’s compensation
68Noise - conservation of hearing
29Drivers & driving - winter driving
1Working surfaces
1N itrous oxide
17Drivers & driving - vision
61Woodworking industry
12-nitropropane
17Drivers & driving - teenage drivers
87Women in industry
1Nitroglycerine
80Drivers & driving - professional drivers
3Welding - training and certification
1Nitrogen
21Drivers & driving - night driving
46Welding - safe practices
8Nitric Acid
16Drivers & driving - licensing
4Welding - research
1Nicotine
159Drivers & driving - general
4Welding - plasma
2Nickel
11Drivers & driving - foul weather
9Welding - PPE
2National Transportation Safety Board
55Drivers & driving- drunk driving
17Welding - health hazards
12National Safety Council
28Drivers & driving-braking
9Welding - generating and distributing, piping
8National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
31Doors
1Welding - explosive
67National Fire Protection and Control Administration
12Diving operations
6Welding equipment
5National Fire Protection Association
4Distillers safety programs
13Welding - cylinders
1Napthalene
28Discipline
3Welding - cutting and scarfing
15Motors
74Disaster planning
75Welding - arc
38Motorcycles
4Dioxin
9Welding - acetylene
1Motion picture industry
4Die casting
33Welding - accidents
1Moisture control
20Design, product
29Weather - winter
15Mobile homes
63Dermatitis
10Weather - wind
52Miscellaneous safety articles, talks
19Degreasers (See also, trichloroethane, chemicsls, misc.)
35Weather - tornado
12Mining, rescues
4Data Sheets, Industrial
6Weather - measurement
52Mining, regulations
13Dairy Industry Programs
48Weather - lightning
18Mining, ore
2Dams
30Weather - hurricane
30Mining, misc
5Cyanide (and Compounds)
3Weather - hail
79Mining, equipment
27Cryogenics
1Weather - heat
47Mining, coal
23Cranes, Training
1Weather - fog
29Mining: accidents, fire, explosions
5Cranes, Stacker
20Weather - floods, rain
6Microwave ovens
18Cranes, Snorkels (Aerial Baskets)
15Weather - control
14,4-Methylene Dianiline
30Cranes, Overhead
44Water (see also, pollution, water)
4Methelene Chloride
10Cranes, Monorails
70Waste disposal (see also, pollution)
3Methyl Ethyl Ketone
34Crane, mobile,etc (see also cranes, snorkel)
27Warehouses
8Methanol
16Crane, misc
2Walsh-Healy Act
1Methane
9Cranes, inspection & maintenance
11Volcanos
93Metal working
10Cranes, Gantry & ore bridges
3Visual display terminals 
9Metallurgy
12Cranes, Fixed, Derricks, Jibs
20Vinyl chloride
24Mercury
13Cranes, Auxiliary Equipment
25Vibration
8Meat packing industry
61Cranes, Accidents
84Ventilation
136Materials handling
24Corrosion (see also, hydrogen, boilers-corrosion, acid handling)
3Vanadium
5Matches
21Conveyors - roller
3Vacuum
7Mass transit (see also, busses)
6Conveyors - pneumatic
86Vacation safety
3Manuals
13Conveyors, Overhead
4Utilities - water
115Manual handling (see also, material handling)
43Con veyors, Misc.
23Utilities - telephone companies
43Maintenance of equipment (see also, housekeeping, sanitation)
4Conveyors, Gravity
30Utilities, electric
3Manganese
56Conveyors, Belt
58Unions
1Malathion
18Conveyors, Accidents
18Underwriters Laboratory
17Magnesium
52CPSC, NEISS
14Ultrasound
89Magazines, safety publicity
34CPSC Memo
1Turpentine
1Machinery Manufacturing Industry
61Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)
14Tunnels
Machine guards (see guard, machine)
48Consulting & Consultants
1Tungsten
8Lumber years
25Construction, Standards
70Trucks
19Lubrication
21Construction, Roads and Highways
3Trucking industry
15Loss control
55Construction, Programs
1TNT
5Longshoring, stevedoring, lading
20Construction, Fire
15Trichloroethylene
50Logging industry
24Construction, Excavation & Shoring
3Tree trimming
34Lockouts
35Construction, Equipment
28Traffic safety, research
24Local safety councils
5Construction, Electrical
50Traffic regulations and enforcement
18Loading docks
13Construction, Demolition
76Traffic safety, programs
1Lithium
17Construction, Building Trades (see also, Carpenters, Plasterers, Painters, Plumbers)
31Traffic safety, pedestrian
134Liquid Natural Gas
21Construction, Building - Steel Erection
9Traffic safety, misc
6Limit switches
28Construction, Accidents
72Traffic engineering
4Lime
23Confined Space Entry
25Traffic control
157Lighting
29Concrete Industry
69Toys (see also, child safety)
Lift trucks (see also, industrial trucks)
12Computers, safety applications
5Toxicology
2Life expectancy tables
9Compressors
7Tools, portable power - misc
35Legislation, state safety (see also, labor laws)
48Compressed gas cylinders
25Tools, portable power - explosive
22Legal
42Compressed air
51Tools, portable power - electric
1Leather and leather goods
23Communication, safety
23Tools, portable power - air and hydraulic
65Lead
70Color
93Tools, hand
104Lawn Mowers, General
4Cold
4Toluene di-isocyanate
50Lawn Power Mowers (Court Cases)
1Coke oven emissions
6Toluene
13Lawnmowers, Accidents
5Civil defense - warden services
2Tobacco industry programs
4Laundries & Dry Cleaning
17Civil defense - schools
2Titanium
73Lasers
5Civil defense - police services
10Threshold Limit Values
81Ladders
2Civil defense - mortuary service
53Textiles (see also, fire retardants)
43Labor Management Cooperation (see also, Safety Management, Unions)
38Civil defense - industrial
26Textile industry programs
7Labor Laws
37Civil defense - home
1Tetrachloroethylane
48Lab Safety
6Civil defense - general
6Television - industrial uses
18Labeling
46Civil defense - fire protection
10Television
6Knives
4Civil defense- air raid warnings
1Tables
4Kepone
2Citrus industry programs
39Systems engineering
1Ketones
13Churches
61System safety
30Job Safety Analysis
7Chromium (and chrome compounds)
50Swimming safety
76Job Descriptions (Safety)
1Chloroprene restraints, home safety
1Surveying
2Isopropyl Alcohol
2Chloroform
11Sulfuric acid
1Isolation
27Chlorine
10Sulfur dioxide
1Iodine
85Child safety (see also, auto child restraints, home safety, poisons, toys)
6Sulfur
8Interlocks
187Chemicals, misc.
30Suggestion systems
64Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
20Chemical industry
1Styrene
49Insurance
18Chainsaws
5Stress
22Insulation
50Chains
54Strength of materials
30Instrumentation
21Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
2Strapping
95Inspections - methods
14Ceramic industry programs
7Store safety
83Inspections - check lists
2Centrifuges
98Steel industry program
9Insects
1Carcinogens
5Steel fabricator program
1Information prioritization
23Carbon tetrachloride
3Statistics
23Industrial trucks
12Carbon monoxide - industrial
132Standards
4Industrial trucks - catalogs, user manuals
7Carbon monoxide - heating, homes, appliances
10Stairways and ramps
15Industrial trucks - electric
28Carbon monoxide - general effects, limits, etc.
1Space station
12Industrial trucks - accidents
10Carbon monoxide - autos and garages
3Space flight
4Industrial Safety Act, Accident Prevention Act of 1951
7Carbon monoxide - accident cases
22Solvents (see also, degreasers, flammable liquids, etc)
167Industrial hygiene
4Carbon disulfide
10Soldering
9Industrial engineering
5Carbon dioxide
5Sodium, potassium, NAK
7Individual contact plan
42Campus safety
2Sodium nitrate
1Illinois structural act
2Calcium and calcium compounds
24Sodium hydroxide
11Hydrogen sulfide
7Cadmium
4Sodium
1Hydrogen cyanide
17Bus - schools
13Snowmobiles
17Hydrogen
3Bus - misc
4Snow blowers
5Hydrochloric acid
27Bulletin boards (and records boards)
6Smoke stacks and chimneys
41Hydraulic fluid
71Bulk materials
19Smoking, booths, areas
7Humor
98Buildings - high rise fires (see also, fire)
19Small businesses
14Human factors
79Building codes
5Slogans (see also, signs, posters)
13Human engineering - space criteria (space information)
2Bromine
21Skiing
17Human engineering - sensory criteria, visual and auditory
8Bridges
3Sled, laboratory
12Human engineering - biomedical, handicapped personnel
5Brewing industry programs
44Silicosis
24Human engineering - general
4Boron & CPDs
61Signs
52Human engineering - design criteria, physical measurements
8Boilers - turbines
2Showers, emergency
88Housekeeping (mopping, sweeping; see also, maintenance, sanitation)
39Boilers - safety devices
1Shoring
23Hotels
57Boilers - operations
1Shift work
78Hospital safety
16Boilers - misc
15Ships & shipping, including shipyards
2Hoses
22Boilers - furnace
1Sharp edges, corners & protrusions
465Home safety (see also, elderly, fire protection, fire detection, smoke detector, child safety)
18Boilers - corrosion
1Semiconductors
39Holiday safety
12Boilers - controls
2Selenium
24Hoisting
65Boilers - construction
1Seals
127History of safety
34Boilers - codes
41School safety
80Highway design
21Boilers - accidents
11Scaffolds, suspended
60High pressure
43Boat safety (see also, shipping, swimming)
9Steel scaffolds, pipe & clamp, etc.
75Heat (sickness & prevention - salt)
9Black lung disease
13Pole scaffolds
27Health
11Biorhythm
21Scaffolding, misc
5Head protection
45Bioengineering
18Scaffolds, Hanging, boatswain’s chair
78Hazardous materials
52Bicycle safety
32Scaffolds, general
11Hazard control
21Bibliography
12Scaffolds, accidents
2Hazards communications
14Beryllium
7Saws, power
3Hands (see also, PPE-hands)
21Benzene
47Sanitation (see also, maintenance, housekeeping)
30Handicapped workers
12Batteries
5Sand blasting
1Gypsum
2Barium
21Safety Training - US Dept of Labor course
28Guns
35Awards - Certificates to individuals
96Safety Training supervisors - safety
10Guards, railings, barriers, toe boards
32Automobiles - tires
85Safety training - general
16Guards, metal working (see also, metalworking)
65Automobiles - seat belts
29Safety Training - employee induction training
38Guarding machines- woodworking
136Automobiles - regulations
18Safety Training: Foreman’s Safety Conference
24Guarding machines - transmission
15Automobiles - Misc 
13Safety Training in safety
15Guarding machines - point of operation
17Automobile, legal (recalls, suits)
17Safety Training course (British Columbia Safety Council)
104Guards, machine - general
23Automobile insurance
175Safety Rules
106Grinding
7Automobiles, inspections
45Safety Promotion, Stunts
9Grain elevators (see also, dust)
106Automobiles, design
156Safety Promotion, General
1Grievances
29Automobiles, crash testing
109Safety Promotion, Contests
12Glass industry
26Automobiles, child restraints
239Safety Programs
38Glass
37Automobiles, Air bags
23Safety Motivation
5Gears (see also, power transmissions)
52Automobile Accident Statistics
49Safety Meetings
29Gas detectors (see also, confined space entry)
60Automobile Accidents
126Safety Management
1Garment industry
9Automobile Manufacturing Programs
238Safety Engineering & Engineers
10Garages
37Audiovisuals
67Safety Committees
3Furnaces, oil
6Association’s Safety Programs
74Safety Attitudes (see also, Psychology)
3Furnaces, misc
21ASSE
16Rubber industry program
10Furnaces, domestic
6Asphalt
75Ropes, wire
2Friction
61Asbestos
35Ropes, fiber
43Foundries
1Artificial Materials Hazards
9Roofs
1Formic Acid
6Artificial Intelligence (Expert systems)
25Rocket and missile safety
12Formaldehyde
2Arsine (Arsenic hydride)
7Robotics, nuclear applications
28Forest fire protection
9Arsenic
25Robots, industrial
13Forging industry programs
3Antimony
12Risk management
30Foreign safety
12Animals
5Risk assessment
3Footware, safety toe
5Amusement Parks
1Right-to-Know
94Food and Food industry (see also, meat packing)
15Ammonium Nitrate
18Restrooms
5Flourocarbons
18Ammonia
107Respiratory protective equipment
8Flourine
16American Society of Mechanical Engineers
29Research
103Floors (see also, falls)
6American National Standards Institute
6Rehabilitation
1Flight simulators
2American Industrial Hygiene Association
11Registration
273Flammable liquids (see also, hazardous materials, solvents, chemicals, misc)
4Aluminum
6Refuse bins
240First aid (see also, poisons)
12Alcohol as a drug (see also ethanol, methane)
20Refrigeration
9Fireworks
6Alarms (see also fire detection, security)
4Recreational vehicles
15Fireplaces
10Army safety programs
31Recreation
282Fires, unusual
20Air safety, traffic control
57Railroad regulations
11Fire - statistics
10Air safety, safety devices
113Railroads, misc
9Fire - spontaneous combustion
8Air safety, ground safety
23Railroad crossings
7Fire - smoke
11Air safety, manufacturing (design & programs)
8Radios
69Fire retardants (including textiles)
55Air safety, flying
7Radiation, non-ionizing
44Fire ratings (see also, plastics)
21Air safety, fires
62Radiation, ionizing
70Fire protection - questions
13Air safety, crash testing
8Radiation, general
163Fire protection - industrial
18Air safety, airports
10Quarry operations
74Furnaces, gas
67Air safety, accidents
7Purchasing
107Fire protection, home
15Air conditioning
32Pumps
45Fire protection, history
1Aeronautics
20Professional liability
48Fire protection engineering
14Aerosols
48Psychology of safety
77Fire protection, college
24Advertisements featuring safety
120Product safety
9Fire investigations
7Adhesives
34Product reliability, reliability
39Fire inspections
18Acid handling
66Power presses, guards
15Fire extinguishing systems - wetter water
4Acetylene (see also, welding-acetylene)
41Product liability reform
19Fire extinguishing systems - water, fog
5Acetone
243Product liability
170Fire extinguishing systems - water, sprinklers
2Acetic acid
7Product liability - form for interrogations
10Fire extinguishing systems - misc
4Accreditation, college
28Printing industry (see also, paper industry)
8Fire extinguishing systems - halon
137Accidents, unusual
118Pressure vessels (see also, high pressure, strength of materials)
22Fire extinguishing systems - foam
24Accident Statistics
26Power transmissions
6Fire extinguishing systems - chemical
24Accident Statistics, methods
13Power shovels
14Fire extinguishing systems - CO2
8Accident   Statistics, states
6Power press, pictures
25Fire equipment for extinguishment
24Accident Statistics, NSC
160Power press, general
42Fire extinguishers - portable
5Accident   Statistics, Dept of HEW
21Power press, cases
35Fire detection - smoke alarms & detectors
26Accident Statistics, company reports-yearly
10Power Press, Press brakes
72Fire detection
28Accident Statistics, company reports-monthly
1Potassium
58Fire departments
22Accident Statistics, BLS
43Posters
6Fire, chemistry of
6Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)
36Fire, causes of
46Accident proneness
57Pollution, water
116Fire brigades - industrial
86Accident prevention
11Pollution, general
42Fire, arson
55Accident investigation methods
223Pollution, air (including auto emissions)
21Filing system for safety topics
80Accident investigation forms, supervisor
46Poisons (see also, child safety)
2Fiber optics
25Accident investigation forms, safety dept
2Plumbers
5Fertilizer manufacturing programs
60Accident investigation forms, medical
85Plastics (see also, insulation)
2Fault tolerant systems
25Accident investigation forms, insurance & state
102Power presses - guards
24Fatigue (of humans)
59Accident costs
4Plasma
6Fasteners
22Accident cause
91Plant security
39Farm safety
86Accident analysis methods
16Pipelines
57Falls
57Accident, Analysis forms, records, summary forms
35Pipes & piping
5Factors of safety
8Absenteeism
1Picric acid
127Eyes (see also, PPE - eyes)
1American Association of Engineering Societies
24Photography
125Explosives
1Phosphorus
1Explosions
4Phosgene
1Exhaust emissions
29Philosophy of accident prevention
110Evaluation - of safety programs & performance (see also, accident analysis methods)
5Phenol (carbonic acid)
2Ethyl ether
54Petroleum industry
3Ethylene oxide
72Pesticides
1Ethylene glycol
65Personal Protective Equipment, misc
3Ethylene dichloride
138Personal Protective Equipment, head
4Ethylene dibromide
40Personal Protective Equipment, hands and arms
19Ethics
88Personal Protective Equipment, feet, legs
173Ergonomics
103Personal Protective Equipment, eyes
6Environmental protection
104Personal Protective Equipment, clothing
17Emotions - industrial relations topic
22Personal Protective Equipment, belts
3Emergency vehicles
6Peroxides
1Emergency preparedness
2Perchloroethylene
13Elevators, escalators and manlifts
6Perchloric acid
1Elevated workstations
Pedestrians (see also, traffic safety)
1Electroplating
6Parking lots
32Electrical - wiring
117Paper industry
15Electrical -switches
7Panic
57Electrical - static electricity
59Painting (see also, color in industry)
74Electrical, safety rules
4Ozone
21Electrical, protection
15Oxygen
33Electrical, misc
49Off-the-job safety
15Electrical, instruments
49Office safety
34Electrical, human body
3Odors
36Electrical, equipment for hazardous locations
24OSHA, recordkeeping, evaluation
10Electrical, grounds and grounding
284OSHA
50Electrical generating (Central stations, hydro)
94Occupational health program
9Electrical, fires
6Observation
51Electrical, distribution
15Nursing homes
37Electrical, accidents
61Nuclear reactors
35Elderly
3Nuclear material processing
19Education, safety - grade and high school
33Non-Destructive Testing - ultrasound (see also, ultrasonics)
17Education, safety - general
36Non-Destructive Testing - radiography
164Education in safety colleges
7Non-Destructive Testing - holography
46Earthquakes
78Nondestructive testing
6Earth
33Noise - medical aspects
1Dyes