Documentary on the First 35 Years of OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Act

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The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was born out of heated debate. OSH Act requires that employers “provide employment and places of employment that are free from recognized hazards”. Thirty five years after its passage, OSH Act remains controversial.

The new documentary on DVD OSHA 35 Still Alive brings to life the exciting legislative history of a law that was passed before the days of C-SPAN and televised debates. The documentary discusses basic features of the law and its landmark statutory achievements across three decades, as experienced through the eyes of experts who were witness to OSH Act history: prominent experts including Chuck Gordon of the US Department of Labor for OSHA, Hon. Scott Railton Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC), Mr. Joe Kaplan, 75 years of safety experience, together with Safety professionals and risk managers. The documentary also features historic archival footage of American’s workforce.

Dr. John Howard, MD MPH JD, Current Director of NIOSH, Dr. Paul Rountree of the University of Texas, Tyler Texas Department of Occupational Medicine and Dr. Arthur Schecter of the University of Texas Austin’s Occupational Medicine program tell the story of NIOSH’s remarkable achievements bringing research to practice. Their insights testify to NIOSH's special impact on research about workplace safety and health in the USA and throughout the world. The documentary also candidly examines the compromises made by the US Congress when writing OSH Act, explored by legal expert Ilise L Feitshans JD and ScM, who is the documentary’s Author and Executive Producer.

“Passage of OSH Act with the vision to create the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was a magic moment in legislation. Congress understood there were things it could not understand” Feitshans said. “Therefore, when Congress created NIOSH in Section 21 of OSH Act, it created an institute not only for research, but to forge a new type of methodology to solve occupational health and safety problems using the best possible science.”

The documentary is available from the producer for only $19.95, plus S/H and Texas Residents add state tax.


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