Applied Safety + Ergonomics

Historical Research + Analysis

Our staff has experience researching, analyzing, and summarizing complex historical regulations, standards, and norms, and their development over time. Our work is used to answer technical questions in an appropriate historical context, and to facilitate decision-making in the present. We trace present-day standards and regulations back to their origins using historical records to answer complex questions related to safety & health management and risk communication.

Sources we consult include:

  • U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  • Federal Register (FR)
  • U.S. Statutes at Large
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) materials
  • Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) materials
  • Agency records
    • Bureau of Labor
    • Consumer Product Safety Commission
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • Department of Transportation
    • Federal Railroad Administration
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
  • State regulations and administrative codes
  • Previous editions of American Standards Association (ASA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards
  • Journals, conference proceedings, and serial publications
  • Records of industry associations

We also have experience developing corporate histories of industrial practices, product development, safety and health programs, and communications spanning the late 19th century through the present. Such histories can be useful in legal matters, in maintaining continuity of recordkeeping during mergers and acquisitions, and in improving existing practices. Example work products include timelines, indexed compilations, and written narratives.

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1.734.994.9400 or

Applied Safety and Ergonomics has been providing valuable analysis, insight, answers, training, data, and problem solving strategies in consultation and expert witness capacities to help clients make informed decisions since 1994.