Join the Safety and Health Historical Society

Individuals and organizations may join the Safety and Health Historical Society. There are several categories for participation. Participation for all categories is based on annual calendar years.

Individuals and Libraries

Categories of Participants: Organizations, Government Agencies, Corporations, Educational Institutions and Libraries

Organizations. (Join SHHS)

  • Organizations may participate as contributors. Organizations are professional societies, membership organizations and organizations that establish standards and resources essential to practitioners in safety and health. Publishers are considered organizations.
  • The annual fee for an organization contributor is $1000 per calendar year.
  • Organizations receive the quarterly journal, The Archives of Safety and Health.
  • Each organization joining SHHS must identify an individual who serves as it representative.

Government Agencies. (Join SHHS)

  • Government agencies at the federal, state and local levels involved in safety and health may participate as contributors.
  • There is no annual contributor fee. However, agencies must renew annually to retain contributor status.
  • Each agency must designate an individual as the agency’s representative.

Companies. (Join SHHS)

  • Companies may participate as contributors. Many companies have played significant roles in safety and health history. Companies may manufacture, sell, promote, and distribute products, materials or services important for the safety and health of users, clients or practitioners.
  • The annual company contributor fee is $500.
  • Each company must designate an individual as its representative.

Educational Institutions. (Join SHHS)

  • Educational institutions may participate in SHHS as contributors.
  • The annual contributor fee is $250. There are many higher education schools offering degrees and continuing education programs in safety and health. The library of an education institution is considered part of the institution.

Participant Accounts

Each participant in SHHS must establish an account with SHHS. CLICK HERE to establish, verify or renew your account. Also use this link to make any address or contact changes in an account. Should you have any problem with establishing, maintaining or renewing an account, contact SHHS by email.


The initial product of SHHS is a quarterly journal, The Archives of Safety and Health, The purpose of The Archives is to educate those interested in safety and health history about the events, accomplishments, people and issues of the past.

SHHS encourages authors to craft and submit articles for potential publication. SHHS seeks volunteers to serve on the editorial board of The Archives and as its editor(s). Refer to the section on VOLUNTEERS.

An additional activity is cataloging more than 22,000 items in the George W. Harper Collection. The cataloging work began with a list of the 719 categories of materials and a count of items within each category CLICK TO ACCESS THIS LIST. Future work will develop a database of item titles and/or descriptions. Ultimately, SHHS may scan many of the items to make them accessible by patrons, contributors and the public.

Participants in SHHS may volunteer for other activities that can be started once there are volunteers to lead them.

Potential future activities may include:

  • Identifying and recognizing other important libraries and collections devoted to safety and health history.
  • Identifying and potentially recognizing museums that contain exhibits important in safety and health history. That would help publicize the safety and health professions.
  • A living history program that captures written, oral or video records based on interviews with pioneers and leaders of safety and health.
  • Compiling additional collections of materials and literature important in safety and health history and making contents accessible.
  • Promoting research in safety and health history.
  • Offering presentations on topics in safety and health history.
  • Developing and publishing special reports on safety and health history.


The Safety and Health Historical Society needs volunteers to make it successful. Help is needed with governance, conducting programs and writing articles for potential use in The Archives of Safety and Health.

To volunteer your services, complete the volunteering form and submit it to SHHS.


If you want to write for The Archives of Safety and Health, check out our Author’s Guide for additional details


Give the Safety and Health Historical Society your thoughts. Use the feedback form. Or send an email to

  • Let us know what you like or dislike.
  • Offer ideas for improvement.
  • Offer ideas for an article in The Archives of Safety and Health.
  • Offer ideas for programs and publications.
  • Let us know if your company has made historical contributions to safety and health.
  • Tell us about your company’s educational foundation and how it may help SHHS.
  • Tell us if you know of an important safety and health exhibit at a museum.