|Description:||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 device to sample the air in the breathing zone of a fruit picker for residual pesticides. The apple orchard was located in Washington State. Activities 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. Evidence suggesting the presence of workplace air contaminants, acquired in this manner, helped to forge the rules and regulations to which industries must abide in order to create a healthier workplace environment for those who must inhabit such places on a daily, longterm basis, without having to suffer the consequences brought on by pollutant inhalation.|
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.