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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

Meeting files, 1967-1980, 1982-1984,

Adoption of safety standards, Public hearings, 1969-1973,

U.S. Department of Labor files, 1972-1980,

Administrative files, 1967-1973,

Public engagements scrapbook, 1967-1970,

Miscellaneous audio tapes, 1981-1982,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Department of Health, Occupational Safety Board:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1967-1984



Overview

Creator: Texas. Occupational Safety Board.
Title: Records
Dates: 1967-1984
Abstract: Types of records include minutes, correspondence, memos, budget worksheets, contracts, safety standards, public hearing exhibits, a scrapbook, and cassette and reel-to-reel audio tapes. Dates covered are 1967-1984. Records consist of materials from the Texas Occupational Safety Board and its General Advisory Occupational Safety Committee. Records include meeting files from both organizations, public hearings held by the board on the adoption of various safety standards, files related to the board's working relationship with the U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA, and internal administrative files.
Quantity: 3.6 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas Occupational Safety Board was in existence from 1967 to 1985. It was created by HB 559, the Occupational Safety Act, 60th Legislature, Regular Session, in 1967. The board was charged with adopting and enforcing safety regulations to alleviate dangers to workers and with issuing annual reports concerning industrial accidents and their causes. The Occupational Safety Board consisted of three members: the Commissioner of Health, the Commissioner of Labor and Standards, and one public member appointed by the Governor for a term of two years to serve as chairman.

The Occupational Safety Board administered the Occupational Safety Division within the Texas State Department of Health. The Occupational Safety Division was also created by the Occupational Safety Act of 1967. The board employed a state safety engineer as director of the Occupational Safety Division. Walter G. Martin was hired as the state safety engineer and held that position from 1967 to 1984. In addition, the board appointed a General Advisory Occupational Safety Committee to aid it in promulgating rules for occupational safety codes. The committee was composed of ten representatives of employers, ten representatives of employees, with the state safety engineer acting as chairman. Public hearings were held before the adoption of any rules or amendments to the codes.

Activities of the Occupational Safety Division included enforcement of the safety codes, inspection of job sites, and conducting an annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses. Regional engineers made safety inspections of firms which owed for workmen's compensation insurance and special investigations were made in cases of catastrophic accidents involving multiple injuries or deaths.

The passage of Public Law 91-596, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 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. In order to avoid dual or conflicting state and federal safety standards, the Texas Occupational Safety Board had to work out a compliance plan with the U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA. By 1975, a plan had been adopted that reconciled existing state safety standards with OSHA's new federal standards. The division also contracted with OSHA to provide free, on-site inspections for OSHA standards, as consultants to Texas employers. Under other contracts with the Department of Labor, the division continued to conduct its annual occupational injury and illness survey among Texas employers to determine the state's injury and illness incidence rates.

In 1985, the Occupational Safety Board was abolished by HB 2091, 69th Texas Legislature, Regular Session. Administrative responsibility for the Occupational Safety Division was absorbed by the Texas Department of Health. The overall functions of the division remained unchanged.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Types of records include minutes, correspondence, memos, budget worksheets, contracts, safety standards, public hearing exhibits, a scrapbook, and cassette and reel-to-reel audio tapes. Dates covered are 1967-1984. Records consist of materials from the Texas Occupational Safety Board and its General Advisory Occupational Safety Committee. Records include meeting files from both organizations, public hearings held by the board on the adoption of various safety standards, files related to the board's working relationship with the U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA, and internal administrative files.

To prepare this preliminary inventory, the desrcibed 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

These records are arranged in six series and five sub-series:
Meeting files, 1967-1980, 1982-1984, 1.4 cubic ft.
  • Occupational Safety Board, 1967-1984, 0.4 cubic ft.
  • General Advisory Occupational Safety Committee, 1968-1974, 1 cubic ft.
Adoption of safety standards, Public hearings, 1969-1973, 1.4 cubic ft.
U.S. Department of Labor files, 1972-1980, 0.4 cubic ft.
  • Texas Plan for the Compliance with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1972-1974, 0.2 cubic ft.
  • Statistical contracts, 1978-1980, 0.1 cubic ft.
  • Consultation contracts, 1975-1980, 0.1 cubic ft.
Administrative files, 1967-1973, 0.1 cubic ft.
Public engagements scrapbook, 1967-1970, 0.1 cubic ft.
Miscellaneous audio tapes, 1981-1982, 0.2 cubic ft.

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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:
Texas. Occupational Safety Board. General Advisory Occupational Safety Committee.
Texas. Occupational Safety Division.
Subjects:
Industrial safety--Texas.
Industrial hygiene--Texas.
Safety regulations--Texas.
Document Types:
Memorandums--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1984.
Correspondence--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1984.
Minutes--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1984.
Budgets--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1984.
Audio tapes--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1984.
Contracts--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1984.
Functions:
Adopting safety regulations.
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 Workers Compensation Commission, Records, 1961-1988, 2 cubic ft.
Texas Workers Compensation Commission, Minutes, 1994-2001, 2.31 cubic ft.
Texas Industrial Accident Board, Records, 1913-1956, 30 linear ft., 2 in.
Texas Department of Health, Occupational Safety Division, Administrative records, 1967-1979, 3 cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records, Occupational Safety Board, Texas Department of Health. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1990/146

These records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Occupational Safety and Health Division Safety Branch of the Texas Department of Health on June 29, 1990.

Processing Information

Paul B. Beck, December 1990

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Meeting files, 1967-1980, 1982-1984,
1.4 cubic ft.

Records consist of minutes and audio tape recordings of meetings of the Occupational Safety Board and its General Advisory Occupational Safety Committee. Dates covered are 1967-1980, 1982-1984.
Organization of the Records
The records are organized into two series:
Occupational Safety Board, 1967-1980, 1982-1984, 0.4 cubic ft.
General Advisory Occupational Safety Committee, 1968-1972, 1974, 1 cubic ft.
Occupational Safety Board, 1967-1980, 1982-1984,
0.4 cubic ft.
Minutes cover the regular meetings of the Texas Occupational Safety Board from its inceptional meeting in 1967 through 1984. The board normally met quarterly until 1977, then began meeting less frequently. There are no board minutes from 1981. Audio recordings of board meetings were made in 1982-1983 and are on cassette tapes.
Organization of the Records
The records are organized into two groups: Minutes and cassette tapes. The records are arranged chronologically within each group.
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:
Texas. Occupational Safety Board. General Advisory Occupational Safety Committee.
Texas. Occupational Safety Board.
Subjects:
Industrial safety--Texas.
Industrial hygiene--Texas.
Safety regulations--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1984.
Audio tapes--Texas--Industrial safety--1968-1974.
Audio cassettes--Texas--Industrial safety--1982-1983.
Functions:
Adopting safety regulations.
Enforcing safety regulations.
Minutes
box folder
1990/146-1 1. 1967-1971
2. 1972
3. 1973
4. 1974
5. 1975
6. 1976
7. 1977-1980
8. 1982
9. 1983-1984
Cassette tapes
box folder
1990/146-3 1. April 2, 1982
2. July 23, 1982
3-4. March 11, 1983
[two cassettes]
5. June 3, 1983
General Advisory Occupational Safety Committee, 1968-1972, 1974,
1 cubic ft.
Records consist of minutes and audio tape recordings of meetings of the General Advisory Occupational Safety Committee of the Occupational Safety Board, dating 1968-1972 and 1974. The committee was a panel of safety and health experts appointed by the board to assist it in drafting safety standards. The committee met as needed to draft standards. The first meeting of the committee was in 1968. Apparently, the committee did not meet in 1973.
Organization of the Records
The records are organized into two groups: Minutes and reel-to-reel tapes. The records are arranged chronologically within each group.
Minutes
box folder
1990/146-1 10. 1968-1972, 1974
Reel-to-Reel tapes
box folder
1990/146-3 6-7. April 19, 1968
[two tapes]
8-9. August 1, 1969
[two tapes]
10. September 15, 1969
11-12. December 12, 1969
[two tapes]
13. March 20, 1970
14-15. June 19, 1970
[two tapes]
16. September 18, 1970
17-18. December 11, 1970
19-20. March 18, 1971
21-22. June 17-18, 1971
23. September 9, 1971
24. October 21, 1971
25. December 8, 1971
26-30. March 14, 1972
[five tapes]
31. April 7, 1972
32. July 11, 1972
33. April 17, 1974

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Adoption of safety standards, Public hearings, 1969-1973,
1.4 cubic ft.

Records are from public hearings held by the Texas Occupational Safety Board to consider the adoption of mechanical and industrial safety and health standards. Records include minutes, agenda, cover letters and memos, attendance sign-in sheets, exhibits, and reel-to-reel audio recordings of the meetings. Dates covered are 1969-1973. Exhibits include incoming correspondence containing comments on proposed standards from concerned parties, copies of the Federal Register, newspaper announcements, press releases, and copies of the proposed standards.
Organization of the Records
The records are organized into two groups: Public hearings and reel-to-reel tapes. The records are arranged chronologically within each group.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Industrial safety--Texas.
Industrial hygiene--Texas.
Safety regulations--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Industrial safety--1969-1973.
Agenda--Texas--Industrial safety--1969-1973.
Audio tapes--Texas--Industrial safety--1969-1973.
Press releases--Texas--Industrial safety--1969-1973.
Clippings--Texas--Industrial safety--1969-1973.
Functions:
Adopting safety regulations.
Enforcing safety regulations.
Public hearings
box folder
1990/146-1 11. 1) Woodworking Machinery and 2) Abrasive Wheels, March 21, 1969
12. 1) Power Presses, 2) Fixed Ladders, 3) Floor and Wall Openings, Railings and Toe Boards, July 11, 1969
13. 1) Manlifts, 2) Fixes Industrial Stairs, and, 3) Identification of Piping Systems, February 27, 1970
14. 1) Explosive-Actuated Tools, 2) Mechanical Power Transmission Apparatus, and, 3) Conveyors, Cableways, and Related Equipment, May 4, 1970
15. 1) Workmen's Hoists, 2) Material Hoists, and 3) External Lighting, August 21, 1970
16. 1) Excavation Work and Shoring, 2) Mills and Calendars Used in the Rubber and Plastics Industries, and 3) Explosive Actuated Tools, December 4, 1970
17. 1) Forging and Hot Metal Stamping, 2) Identification of Gas Mask Canisters, 3) Laundry and Dry Cleaning Equipment, and 4) Floor and Wall Openings, Railings and Toe Boards, May 14, 1971
18. 1) Derrick Cranes, 2) Crawler, Locomotive and Truck Cranes, 3) Overhead and Gantry Cranes, 4) Shore-Based Material Handling Devices, and 5) Welding and Cutting, July 23, 1971
19. All Federal Standards, August 27, 1971
20. 1) Window Cleaning, 2) Prevention of Dust Explosions in the Plastics Industry, 3) Foundations and Guying of Drilling and Well Servicing Structures for the Oil and Gas Industries, February 4, 1972
21. 1) Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators, and Moving Walks, and 2) Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia, April 14, 1972
22. All Federal Standards, May 12, 1972
23. Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing, January 31, 1973
Reel-to-reel tapes - Adoption of safety standards
box folder
1990/146-4 1. March 21, 1969
2. July 11, 1969
3. February 27, 1970
4. May 4, 1970
5. August 21, 1970
6. December 4, 1970
7. May 14, 1971
[two tapes]
8. July 23, 1971
9. August 27, 1971
10. February 4, 1972
11. April 14, 1972
12. May 12, 1972
13. January 31, 1973
[two tapes]

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U.S. Department of Labor files, 1972-1980,
0.4 cubic ft.

The Occupational Safety Board and the Occupational Safety Division worked with the U.S. Department of Labor in its implementation of several provisions of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (PL 91-596). This Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and began the implementation of federal safety standards.
These records include correspondence, memos, reports, budget worksheets, contracts, and exhibits. The records cover the years 1972-1980 and concern the Texas Occupational Safety Board and the Occupational Safety Division of the Texas Department of Health.
Organization of the Records
The records are organized into three subseries:
Texas Plan for Compliance with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1972-1974, 0.2 cubic ft.
Statistical contracts, 1978-1980, 0.1 cubic ft.
Consultation contracts, 1975-1980, 0.2 cubic ft.
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 Health and Safety Administration.
Texas. Occupational Safety Division.
Subjects:
Industrial safety--Texas.
Industrial hygiene--Texas.
Safety regulations--Texas.
Document Types:
Memorandums--Texas--Industrial safety--1972-1980.
Correspondence--Texas--Industrial safety--1972-1980.
Budgets--Texas--Industrial safety--1972-1980.
Reports--Texas--Industrial safety--1972-1980.
Contracts--Texas--Industrial safety--1972-1980.
Functions:
Adopting safety regulations.
Enforcing safety regulations.
Texas Plan for Compliance with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1972-1974,
0.2 cubic ft.
The passage of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act establishd federal safety and health standards that had to be resolved with existing state standards. Each state drew up plans and proposed enabling legislation, subject to federal approval, for its own Occupational Safety and Health Plan. These plans would reconcile state and federal safety practices, recognize the respective authority of each, and implement other provisions of the Act that required state and federal cooperation.
Records concern the development and adoption of the Texas State Plan over the course of several years. Types of records include correspondence, memos, reports, statements and exhibits from a public hearing, and public notice of meetings. Dates covered are 1972-1974. A copy of the final plan is not in the records.
box folder
1990/146-2 1. Agreement between the Secretary of Labor and the State of Texas, Section 18(h) of the Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 1973-1974
2. Public Hearing, Texas Plan - Occupational Safety and Health - Presentation by Walter G. Martin, August 7, 1974
3. Development of the Texas State Plan for Compliance of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 1972
Statistical contracts, 1978-1980,
0.1 cubic ft.
The Occupational Safety Division contracted with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, to assist in their national survey of occupational injuries and illnesses, referred to as the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Annual Survey. This survey is designed to measure the incidence of injuries and illnesses recorded by the employers as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The contracts were made in accordance with the Act which provides for the use of State services, supplies and facilities to assist the Department of Labor in carrying out its functions.
Records include correspondence, memos, budget preparation work sheets, and copies of the contract. Dates covered are 1978-1980.
box folder
1990/146-2 4. FY 1979, 1978-1979
5-6. FY 1980, 1979-1980
Consultation contracts, 1975-1980,
0.2 cubic ft.
The Occupational Safety Division signed annual contracts with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide a program of on-site, safety consultation services to employers. Under this program, employers could receive without cost the help and advice of state consultants in understanding and complying with federal job safety and health standards. These consultations were designed to encourage a safe workplace and prevent injuries by supplying employers with information necessary to comply with the rules and regulations of OSHA. Costs for this service were shared by the federal and state governments, as spelled out in the contracts.
Records include copies of the contracts, contract amendments, correspondence, memos, budget worksheets, forms, and press releases. Dates covered are 1975-1980. Records are arranged chronologically.
box folder
1990/146-2 7. 1975-1977
8. 1978-1979
9. 1979
10. 1980

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Administrative files, 1967-1973,
0.2 cubic ft.

Records consist of a policy manual of administrative procedures and manpower and workload schedules for safety inspectors in regional offices. Dates covered are 1967-1973. The policy manual dates from 1967 to 1968 when the board had just been created and includes procedures and rules adopted by the board for its administration of the Occupational Safety Division. The manpower and workload schedules were developed for the field safety inspectors in the early 1970s. The schedules include staffing projections and requirements for regional offices, work hours and assignable time calculations, and workload distribution requirements.
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:
Texas. Occupational Safety Division.
Subjects:
Industrial safety--Texas.
Industrial hygiene--Texas.
Safety regulations--Texas.
Document Types:
Manuals--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1973.
Functions:
Adopting safety regulations.
Enforcing safety regulations.
box folder
1990/146-2 11. Policy Manual, 1967-1968
12. Field Work Demand and Manpower Distribution
13. Field Work Demand and Manpower Distribution, Schedules 40 and 80, 1972-1973

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Public engagements scrapbook, 1967-1970,
0.1 cubic ft.

Records consist of a scrapbook containing information on the Occupational Safety Board and its members from 1967 to 1970. Items in the scrapbook include photographs of board members at meetings, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and programs from public meetings.
Arrangement
The items in the scrapbook are arranged in reverse chronological order.
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:
Texas. Occupational Safety Board.
Subjects:
Industrial safety--Texas.
Industrial hygiene--Texas.
Safety regulations--Texas.
Document Types:
Scrapbook--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1970.
Photographs--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1970.
Clippings--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1970.
Newsletters--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1970.
Programs--Texas--Industrial safety--1967-1970.
Functions:
Adopting safety regulations.
Enforcing safety regulations.
box folder
1990/146-2 14. Scrapbook, 1967-1970

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Miscellaneous audio tapes, 1981-1982,
0.2 cubic ft.

Records consist of miscellaneous cassette and reel-to-reel tapes that were in the possession of the Occupational Safety Board. The cassette tapes are from hearings of the Governor's Task Force on Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses held in 1981-1982. The reel-to-reel tapes are undated and unidentified.
Arrangement
The tapes are arranged roughly in chronological order.
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:
Texas. Governor's Task Force on Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.
Subjects:
Industrial safety--Texas.
Industrial hygiene--Texas.
Safety regulations--Texas.
Document Types:
Audio tapes--Texas--Industrial safety--1981-82.
Audio cassettes--Texas--Industrial safety--1981-1982.
Functions:
Adopting safety regulations.
Enforcing safety regulations.
Governor's Task Force on Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
[cassette tapes]:
box folder
1990/146-4 14-15. November 18, 1981
[two cassettes]
16-17. February 4-5, 1982
[two cassettes]
18. March 23, 1982
19-21. April 7-9, 1982
22-23. May 6-7, 1982
Unidentified reel-to-reel tapes
box folder
1990/146-4 24-28. ca. 1981

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