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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative records, 1967-1979,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Department of Health, Occupational Safety Division:

An Inventory of Administrative Records at the Texas State Archives, 1967-1979



Overview

Creator: Texas. Occupational Safety Division.
Title: Administrative records
Dates: 1967-1979
Abstract: Types of records include correspondence, memos, copies of federal laws and regulations, committee testimony, and speeches. Records consist of correspondence and subject files from the Occupational Safety Division of the Texas Department of Health and its director, Walter G. Martin. Records date from 1967 to 1979. Much of the correspondence concerns questions about the existence and enforcement of state safety regulations. Other correspondence is related to the compliance of state safety standards in 1975 to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Quantity: 3 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Occupational Safety Division, Texas Department of Health, was created by the Occupational Safety Act, H.B. 559, 60th Legislature, 1967. Primary purposes of the Act were to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses and lower workers compensation costs. The Act also created an Occupational Safety Board to administer the Division. The Board employed a state safety engineer as executive director of the Division. Walter G. Martin was hired as the state safety engineer and held that position from 1967 to 1984.

Activities of the Occupational Safety Division originally included enforcement of safety codes, inspection of job sites, and conducting an annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses. The passage of Public Law 91-596, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, by the U.S. Congress, created a federal system of safety and health standards. These were to be administered by the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within the U.S. Department of Labor. The Texas Occupational Safety Board and the Occupational Safety Division worked out a compliance plan with OSHA in 1975 that reconciled existing state safety standards with the new federal standards. The Division contracted with OSHA to provided free, on-site inspections for OSHA standards to Texas employers. The Division continued to conduct its annual occupational injury and illness surveys. In 1985, the Occupational Safety Board was abolished by H.B. 2091, 69th Legislature. The functions and administration of the Occupational Safety Division were absorbed by the Texas Department of Health.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Types of records include correspondence, memos, copies of federal laws and regulations, committee testimony, and speeches. Records consist of correspondence and subject files from the Occupational Safety Division of the Texas Department of Health and its director, Walter G. Martin. Records date from 1967 to1979. Much of the correspondence concerns questions about the existence and enforcement of state safety regulations. Other correspondence is related to the compliance of state safety standards in 1975 to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Correspondents include governors of Texas, state senators and representatives, AFL-CIO officials, and federal OSHA administrators. The subject files document the relationship between OSHA and the Occupational Safety Division and include testimony from hearings held before the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Labor, development of the Texas plan for compliance with OSHA, and speeches by Texas government officials and labor union officers on the impact of OSHA.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Organization of the Records

Records are divided into correspondence and subject files. The correspondence is subdivided into general and alphabetical correspondence. The general correspondence is arranged chronologically. The alphabetical correspondence only covers E-O; there are gaps from A-D and P-Z. The subject files are unorganized.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
United States. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Subjects:
Industrial safety--Texas.
Industrial hygiene--Texas.
Safety regulations--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1979.
Testimony--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1979.
Speeches--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1979.
Functions:
Enforcing safety regulations.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Department of Health, Occupational Safety Board, Records, 1967-1984, 3.6 cubic ft.
Workers Compensation Commission, Records, 1961-1988, 2 cubic ft.
Workers Compensation Commission, Minutes, 1994-2001, 2.31 cubic ft.
Industrial Accident Board, Records, 1913-1956, 30 linear ft., 2 in.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Administrative records, Occupational Safety Division, Texas Department of Health. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1993/152

These records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas Department of Health, via the State and Local Records Management Division of the State Library, on April 20, 1993.

Processing Information

Paul B. Beck, July 1993

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Administrative records, 1967-1979,
3 cubic ft.

Correspondence
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1993/152-1 General Correspondence:
1979
1978
1977
1976
1975
Correspondence re: O.S. (Occupational Safety) Consultative Program:
1975
1976
Governor and Executive Department Correspondence, 1967-1979
Bureau of Environmental and Consumer Health Protection, 1975-1979
Experience Rating Correspondence, 1979
Health, Education, &Welfare - U.S. Department of, 1968-1970
G.R. Herzik (Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Health, Texas Department of Health), 1968-1974
Hoisting Equipment, 1975-1977
H.B. 203, 1971
Harry Hubbard, Capitol Station, 1968
Industrial Accident Board, 1968-1970
Interagency Contracts:
Industrial Accident Board, 1975
University of Texas - Bureau of Business Research, 1979
Texas A & M University, 1980
Department of Corrections, 1975
Water Development Board, 1976
Department of Community Affairs, 1975
International Correspondence, 1969
Interoffice Correspondence, 1968-1974
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1993/152-2 Joint Advisory Committee on Government Operations, 1976
Junior College Safety Programs, 1975-1977
Lease - Austin, 1971-1983
Legal Opinions, 1968-1971
Monorail Transportation System Correspondence, (El Paso), 1974
McFadden, E.C. (Chairman, Texas Occupational Safety Board), 1968-1974
Newspaper Advertisements/Press Releases, 1967-1971
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1974
Occupational Health, 1970-1979
Occupational Health and Radiation Control Division, 1971-1979
Occupational Health Inspection Reports, 1974-1975
Occupational Health Literature, 1972
Occupational Safety Board:
Correspondence, 1967-1979
Minutes, 1967-1979
Subject Files
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1993/152-3 U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA Subject Files, 1970-1975:
Texas House of Representatives Labor Subcommittee Hearing, October 1974
Copies of Occupational Safety and Health Act, P.L. 91-596, and amendments
Correspondence with state and federal officials
Speeches
Texas Plan for Occupational Safety and Health

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