|Description:||This historic 1965 photograph depicted two laboratory technicians in the process of conducting a quantitative analysis upon collected donor capillary blood samples, for the presence of cyanmethemoglobin. See PHIL 12142 for a close-up image depicting the collection of the capillary blood, using a Unopette® disposable pipette.|
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 additional personal protective equipment (PPE) including safety goggles, 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.”