Farm Safety Files comprise mostly published materials pertaining to farm injuries and deaths among farm workers and children living on farms. The bulk of materials pertain to farm equipment & vehicle accidents (especially farm tractor injuries); other topics include dairy farming, suicide by farmers, worker’s compensation, and the harzardous working conditions of rural women. Some documents pertain to other countries, including India.
Materials include articles in journals, factsheets, newsletters, newspaper clippings; and reports (including the First Annual U. S. Farm Accident Report by Arnold B. Skromme, 1986). There are publications by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers; Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; the National Coalition for Agricultural Safety and Health; the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws; the National Committee for Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention; the UAB Injury Control Research Center; University of Iowa Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health; U. S. Department of Health and Human Services; and V. I. S.S. There are also accident reports; bibliography, a small number of correspondence; news releases by the Farm Industrial Equipment Institute; notes; papers (research studies); and published statistics about farm work fatalities. Dates of Farm Safety Files: 1955; circa 1970-2000, inclusive.
Consumer Product Safety Files comprise mostly materials by and about the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC was created to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of consumer products. CPSC obtains estimates of product-related injuries nationwide utilizing the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), a national probability sample of hospitals in the U.S. containing hospital patient information for emergency visits involving injuries.
CPSC collection documents include: CPSC Consumer Product Safety Alert (containing warnings about a wide variety of products); CPSC Seasonal Safety Alert (springtime hazards); CPSC death certificate file on medications and drugs (printouts); CPSC pamphlets (on accident investigation, NEISS, and the National Injury Information Clearinghouse); CPSC Memo (each issue is on a variety of topics); Consumer Product Safety Review (on a wide range of topics pertaining to children); CPSC News Releases; a CPSC Publications Listing; CPSC Reports; and a CPSC Chairman testimony before the national Electrical Manufacturers Association. There are also notes by Baker about CPSC materials and a few correspondence between Baker and CPSC personnel, including an invitation to Baker to apply for the Medical Advisory Committee on Asphyxiation Hazards, 1989. NEISS publications include: NEISS Data Highlights (newsletter); The NEISS Sample (Design and Implementation); and NEISS Sample Update Final Report. Other materials include a few clippings from newspapers and magazines (about consumer safety legislation and advertisements for toys and sleeping devices); a few letters; papers (about accidental strangulation of children, pool safety, and warning by the FDA about cordless phone earpiece ringers); and in issue of V. I. S. S. Hazard (on child fall injuries). Dates of Consumer Product Safet Files: 1972-1973; circa 1978; 1980-1997, inclusive; 2000.