The SHHS is an educational, charitable non-profit organization whose purpose is to identify, collect, preserve and display materials and objects, publish historical knowledge and recognize historically significant contributions of individuals, companies, and organizations related to the protection of people, property, and the environment.

The SHHS publishes a highly informative quarterly journal called The Archives of Safety and Health. SHHS welcomes individual contributions and grants from corporate foundations. Currently, SHHS depends on volunteers to accomplish its work.