|Description:||This 1950s historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The worker shown in this image was in the process of “formulating”, or mixing chemical pesticide, which obviously, was a task with a the potential for overexposure or poisoning. The man was wearing a respirator and rubber gloves, in order to prevent, as much as possible, contact between these toxic agents and his skin. Tasks such as this need stringent oversight by a regulating body such as NIOSH, which would make the health and welfare of such workers a paramount concern.|
The NIOSH Historic Photo Collection began as the “picture file” of the Industrial Hygiene Division of the U.S. Public Health Service (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.