|Description:||This historic 1963 photograph depicted a lab technician, Geraldine Wiggins, as she was performing a chromatographic antigen fractionation, which consisted of the separation of antigen fractions from Histoplasma capsulatum, using pH and molarity. Using a shaker, Ms. Wiggins was also about to perform a subsequent agar gel test upon human histoplasmosis sera.|
At the time of this photograph, what is now known as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was until 1970, then known as the Communicable Disease Center.
Modern day protocols now call for the laboratorian executing such tasks, to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including safety goggles, gloves, and a face mask. PPE, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is “specialized clothing or equipment, worn by an employee for protection against infectious materials.”