The Story of OSHA (1980)

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: October 10th, 2011
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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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