Safety Timeline

A Legacy of Service

From its inception in the Great Depression to today's recession, this publication has been a continual resource for worker protection.

Summing up a life's work should produce an honest tribute, one that gives appropriate credit to mentors, predecessors, and other important influences. Many safety and health professionals have contributed immensely to this magazine’s success during its long history, and only a handful of them were paid staffers. The OH&S roster of authors, columnists, editors, technical editors, photographers, art directors, production chiefs, webinar presenters, sales and circulation managers, publishers, and owners is far too long to repeat here.

What has the magazine accomplished? It has chronicled a gradual but quickening worldwide commitment to prevent harm to workers. Along the way, it has reported on the people, the products, the trailblazers, and the investments that combined to achieve this sea change while turning a spotlight on problems that stubbornly persist, are ignored, or are emerging, such as avian flu and distracted driving. (Speaking of persistence, how often has OH&S cheered seeing U.S. workplace fatalities drop to all-time lows while mourning the failures causing more than 4,000 workers to die every year?)

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