This 1947 historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The image depicted an industrial hygienist using a flow meter to sample the air in the breathing zone of a fruit picker for residual pesticides. The apple orchard was located in Washington State. Data acquired in this manner, helped to create rules and regulations making workplace environments healthier, and safer for long-term workers.
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.