This 1950s historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The image depicted a worker in the process of mixing chemical pesticides, which exposed this worker to toxic chemicals. The man was wearing a respirator and rubber gloves, protecting his lungs and skin. Today, oversight by a regulating body makes the health and welfare of these workers a paramount concern.
The NIOSH Historic Photo Collection from which this photograph was derived, began as the Picture File of the Industrial Hygiene Division of the USPHS, c. 1930-1960. It is a unique collection of mid-20th Century images of American workers and workplaces, and documents occupational safety and health research of that era. The collection consists of approximately 1,000 original photographs and schematic drawings.