1935

Social Security Act of 1935 is passed. This act provided funds for state industrial programs.

1936

Walsh-Healey Act for worker health and safety standards is enacted, setting safety and health standards for employers receiving federal contracts over $10,000.

1937

Godfrey publishes one of the first statements on the need for public health involvement in accident prevention in the American Journal of Public Health.

The Council on Industrial Health of the American Medical Association is created.

An estimated 2,200 nurses are working in the industry.

1938

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists is formed.

1939

American Industrial Hygiene Association is formed.

1942

Gordon formalizes concept that epidemiology could be used as a theoretical foundation for accident prevention.

DeHaven describes structural environments as a primary cause of injury in falls from heights.

American Association of Industrial Nurses is founded with Catherine Dempsey as the first President.

1943

Army directives are created for the establishment of industrial medical programs in all Army-owned and operated plants, arsenals, depots, and ports of embarkation.

American Public Health Association Committee on Administrative Practice appoints a subcommittee on accident prevention; the subcommittee reports accident prevention programs in six state and two local health departments.

1946

The American Academy of Occupational Medicine is founded. Its membership comprises full-time physicians in occupational medicine. It merges with the American Occupational Medicine Association in 1988 to form the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

1948

All states (48 at the time) have workers’ compensation laws.

1950

The first doctorates of industrial medicine are conferred upon three graduates of the University of Pittsburgh.

1952

The Coal Mine Safety Act passes into law.

1953

Human Factors in Air Transportation is published by McFarland. Industrial Nursing Journal begun; it later became the Occupational Health Nursing Journal and then AAOHN Journal.

1955

First annual Stapp conferences on the biomechanics of crashes are held.

American Board on Preventive Medicine recognizes occupational



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