EHS Today

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EHS Today
EHS Today magazine September 2012 cover.png
EHS Today, cover dated September 2012
Editor-in-chiefDave Blanchard
Senior EditorStefanie Valentic
Art DirectorBill Szilagyi
CategoriesOccupational safety and health
PublisherPenton Media
FounderIrving B. Hexter
Year founded1938 (as Occupational Hazards and Safety)[1]
CountryUnited States
Based inCleveland, Ohio

EHS Today is an American occupational safety and health magazine. Published monthly by Penton Media, it is the leading US magazine for environmental, health and safety management professionals in the manufacturing, construction, and service sectors.[2][3][4]


EHS Today was first published in 1938 as Occupational Hazards and Safety by Irving B. Hexter.[1] Hexter, a Cleveland native and noted philanthropist, was a graduate of the University of Michigan. He began his business career as president of his brother's clothing business, the Morreau Hexter Co. He subsequently established his own greeting card company and in 1930 founded the Industrial Publishing Co. (IPC). The first magazine he published was a monthly periodical titled Here's How Its Welded (now called Welding Design & Fabrication.)[5][6] By 1960 IPC was the 5th largest trade paper publisher in the United States, producing 13 publications with an aggregate monthly circulation of 510,000, and an annual gross advertising volume of US$5 million.[7]

Launching the first issue, Hexter wrote: "Each stride of modern industry towards faster, better manufacture of old products, or towards development of new ones, has created additional health and accident hazards" and the magazine set out to raise awareness of the safety and health hazards - and the resulting loss of productivity - resulting from the implementation of the latest industrial processes.[1] The name of the magazine was subsequently truncated to Occupational Hazards.

Following Hexter's death, IPC merged with Penton Publishing Co. to form Penton/IPC. In April 1998, the company changed its name to Penton Media.[7] Penton continued publication of Occupational Hazards until 2008, when the title was rebranded as EHS Today.[8] Sandy Smith, editor-in-chief, explained: "EHS Today was created for the EHS manager of the 21st century - one who can't be satisfied with an information silo but needs a comprehensive source of news and knowledge that is easily accessible in print or online. EHS Today builds on Occupational Hazards' 70-year tradition of editorial excellence, but redefines the mission to serve today's multi-tasking, technologically savvy reader operating in a global economy. It's a 'clean sheet' magazine built on more than seven decades of intimate experience with the EHS profession."[8]

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  1. ^ a b c "Seven Decades of Safety". Occupational Hazards. 70 (10). October 2008. p. 33.
  2. ^ "Community Involvement". UL Workplace. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  3. ^ "Honeywell Aerospace Named in EHS Today's 2012 America's Safest Companies". Honeywell. September 12, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "EHS Today Award: Goettle, Inc. Is Named One of America's Safest Companies". Goettle. November 28, 2011. Archived from the original on September 22, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  5. ^ "Irving B. Hexter". Cleveland Museum of Natural History. 2013. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Hexter, Irving Bernard". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. July 17, 1997. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Penton Media". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. November 15, 2004. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Penton Media Announces Rebranding of Occupational Hazards as EHS Today". Business Wire. September 23, 2008. (From TheFreeLibrary).

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