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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.

Safety Through Design: An Old Concept for Accident Prevention

The safety-through-design concept that engineering design can impact the safety of equipment, vehicles, buildings, as well as manufacturing and construction processes. This approach for protecting workers and the public has been around since the early…

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, 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.

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Recent Articles

The Lines Are Your Friends: Meet June McCarroll, Kenneth I. Sawyer, and Edward N. Hines
Meet the inventors of highway dividing lines from 1917.
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1913: First Aid Cigarette Collector Cards
Early cigarette collector cards promoted first aid treatment methods.
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Safety Through Design: An Old Concept for Accident Prevention
The concept of preventing accidents and injuries through engineering design or re-design was prevalent in the early 1900s.
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1915: Improving Employee In-Plant Behavior
The Avery Company addressed the practice among employees of “goosing.”
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Injuries While Filming The Wizard of OZ
The film industry has a history of danger and harm to actors and others involved. One of the most memorable
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Meet Lorenzo Coffin – A Railroad Safety Fanatic of the 1800s
There are many individuals who made significant contributions to the safety and health of workers and the public. Meet one
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Features

United States Steel Corporation
Workmen’s Compensation That Preceded State Laws
The United Sates Steel Corporation was recognized as one of the companies at the leading edge for safety in its
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Firefighter
Did you know? Major Fires in US History
One of the earliest textbooks in safety and health was authored by the Director of the American Museum of Safety,
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Food for Thought in 1920 (and maybe for today)
One of the earliest textbooks in safety and health was authored by the Director of the American Museum of Safety,
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