The Story of OSHA

In 1968, at the height of the Vietnam war, some 2.5 million Americans suffered disabilitating injuries, not on the battlefield but right here at home while on the job. That’s 54 times more than were injured in the war.

In order to do something about these numbers OSHA was founded.

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Watch a 28 minute video on the Story of OSHA on Youtube.

This film tells workers how OSHA was set up to stem the tide of disease, injury, and death, and what their rights are under the law. Explains how NIOSH conducts tests, how standards are set, and how OSHA investigates complaints. Produced and distributed by OSHA in 1980. Then in 1981, the incoming head of OSHA Thorne Auchter recalled and destroyed most copies. A few copies were kept alive by renegade union officials who refused to return their copies. The penalty for being discovered in possession of one of these films was loosing all OSHA funding for their safety and health programs.

This film was preserved through the years through the efforts of Mark Catlin, who made this and other censored OSHA films available for digitizing.

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