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Guide to library resources in occupational safety and health.

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Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is an area of research and practice concerned with the health, safety and well-being of workers. The International Labour Organization says:

The main focus in occupational health is on three different objectives: (i) the maintenance and promotion of workers’ health and working capacity; (ii) the improvement of working environment and work to become conducive to safety and health and (iii) development of work organizations and working cultures in a direction which supports health and safety at work and in doing so also promotes a positive social climate and smooth operation and may enhance productivity of the undertakings. The concept of working culture is intended in this context to mean a reflection of the essential value systems adopted by the undertaking concerned. Such a culture is reflected in practice in the managerial systems, personnel policy, principles for participation, training policies and quality management of the undertaking.

The Occupational safety and health (OSH) draws its concepts and vocabulary from a wide variety of disciplines: public health, medicine, history, law, economics, sociology, and labor relations. This online library guide aims to help students enrolled in SMLR's undergraduate and graduate OSH courses. It also contains links to news and government agencies that will be useful to workers seeking information about occupational safety issues.


40 Years of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2011)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) produced this wonderful short video of old and new footage that highlights key moments in the Nation's progress over the past forty years in occupational safety and health protection.

The Story of OSHA (1980)

Retro documentary about OSHA. Three parts, roughly 30 minutes each.

Part 2 | Part 3

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New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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