Library Excavations #10: Health & Safety
This zine is focused on a 1970s booklet series published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
NIOSH was 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.
Drawing on works held in the Government Documents collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Richard J. Daley Library, this deep dive into the NIOSH booklets, published between 1975 and 1978, is a reminder of what citizen outreach and education can look like on a national level.
This tenth issue is part of an ongoing project and publication series, Library Excavations, which highlights and activates physical materials found in public libraries and is undertaken by the Chicago-based research group Public Collectors, founded by Marc Fischer in 2007. Library Excavations encourages intensive browsing of paper and print resources, particularly those that are under-utilized, or at risk of being withdrawn and discarded.
Published by Public Collectors, 2019
Printed in a limited edition of 519 copies
Softcover, saddle-stitched binding, 36 pages, color offset and 2-color Risograph, 5.5 × 8.5 inches