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.

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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.

Consider these from the first issue:

  • While Prevention Through Design has been a focus during the last decade, it is not new. The concept goes back a long, long way. Within the United States, the idea had major momentum in the early 1900s. A term often used at that time was “Engineering Revision.” Read about it in the first issue of The Archives.
  • Early railroad work was extremely hazardous. In 1904 nearly 3,000 employees, one of every 400, were killed and 39,000, more than 3 %, were injured. These records were typical of the incredible dangers of early railroads. A farmer in Iowa was so distraught with the unbelievable toll among railroad workers, almost single-handedly he caused the passage of the federal Railroad Safety Appliance Act of 1893. His efforts achieved a reduction in deaths and injuries that few can match by requiring changes in designs. The changes took 20 years to implement. Read about the impact Lorenzo Coffin achieved for railroad safety.


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