Several events have shaped the history of occupational safety and health. From the Monangah mining disaster in 1907 to the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911, workers have paid the ultimate price of dying and being injured on the job due to a lack of and/or lax safety standards.
Through the advocacy of several workers, worker organizations, unions, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (1971), and The Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program (LOSH) (1978), workplace injuries and fatalities have started to decrease.
With over 40 years offering courses to improve workplace safety & health conditions in Southern California, LOSH has established itself as an industry leader.
We invite you all to learn the rich history of occupational safety and health below to continue to educate yourself as a leader in workplace safety below.
Described as “the worst mining disaster in American history”, the explosion claimed the lives of 361 men and boys. Lax safety standards related to lighting, methane gas, and explosives, were found to be the cause.
The tragic event killed 146 workers, mostly immigrant women and teenage girls after not being able to escape the hot flames due to being locked inside the workplace. Several brave women took to the streets after the horrific event to advocate for safer and better work conditions.
OSHA is established! Coupled with the efforts of employers, safety and health professionals, unions and advocates, OSHA has had a dramatic effect on workplace safety. Fatality and injury rates have dropped markedly.
LOSH is established! By collaborating with workers, unions, community organizations, employers, academics, students, governmental representatives, and health professionals LOSH improves health and safety conditions for workers in Southern California.
LOSH completes 40 years of educating over one thousand workers annually in a region incorporating two-thirds of California’s workforce!