Library Excavations #10: Health & Safety
By Marc Fischer and Public Collectors
Chicago, IL, Public Collectors, 2019
Dimensions: 5.5 in X 8.5 in
Process: Color offset and two-color Risograph
Color: full color offset cover, interiors are full color offset and two-color Risograph
Edition size: 519
After a bit of the break, the Public Collectors Library Excavations series is back, this time with a focus on a 1970s booklet series published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
From the back cover:
University of Illinois at Chicago’s Richard J. Daley Library has a vast Government Documents collection. This edition of Library Excavations was created using that collection, which is freely accessible to the public. It focuses on a series of booklets issued between 1975-1978 by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
NIOSH is the U.S. federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were created when President Richard M. Nixon signed The Occupational Safety and Health Act on December 29, 1970.
At a time in American politics where prioritizing the health and safety of citizens feels like it’s in great disregard, these 40+ year old publications are a reminder of what citizen outreach can look like on a national level. – Marc Fischer
Library Excavations is a project and publication series by Public Collectors that highlights and activates physical materials found in public libraries. Library Excavations encourages intensive browsing of paper and print resources, particularly those that are under-utilized, or at risk of being withdrawn and discarded.
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If you're into instructional illustrations or mid-century cover designs of a kinds of styles, Marc's introduction also makes a great case for our current dereliction of safety standards for the people at most risk: the workers. This is a great read!