|Description:||This historic 1965 photograph depicted a laboratory technician as she was measuring out various powdered chemicals, which would subsequently be combined in order to formulate reagents to be used in conjunction with an AutoAnalyzer®.|
The AutoAnalyzer®, manufactured by Technicon Corporation, used a continuous flow analysis (CFA) technique, which automated what was once a manual process of sample analysis. Automation quantitatively increased the sample analyses per day from but a few, to hundreds or thousands per day, while maintaining a high degree of accuracy.
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.”