Editor's Note: Past, present and future
I’ve been a member of the Safety+Health team for a long time. Eighteen years, to be exact. I was in my 20s when I began working in the National Safety Council Publications Department, and now I’m ... not.
Being a veteran of the magazine makes me its informal historian. Still, I was taken aback a few weeks ago when, as Managing Editor Jennifer Yario and I paged through some extremely old issues, she asked me how “your team” found art to accompany the news. (“Did you take your own photos?”) When I looked at her with wide eyes and raised brows, she said apologetically, “Sometimes I forget you haven’t been here since the magazine started.”
S+H turns 100 years old in 2019.
Although we got a good laugh out of it, the conversation reminded me what a privilege it is to be part of a publication with such a long history and admirable purpose. My frequent visits to the NSC Library, where bound copies of the magazine take up many shelves, always reinforce that feeling.
I think of the people who have produced this publication – from those who put together the first issue of National Safety News in 1919 to the great group I work with now, and I hope they approve (or would approve) of the changes that have been made over the years to help keep occupational safety and health professionals informed.
I hope you approve as well. Throughout 2019, we’ll be highlighting small parts of the magazine’s history. Thank you for being with us as we begin our next 100 years.