|Description:||This 1958 historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and depicted a Lompoc, California industrial plant worker bagging diatomaceous earth. Local exhaust ventilation, and the use of a filtering respirator worn by the plant worker, reduced his exposure to the lung-damaging dust. Inhaled dust or other airborne particulate materials containing silica that is deposited in the lungs, will cause the lung tissue to react by creating generalized nodular fibrotic changes, and is known as ”pneumoconiosis”, which is also know an pneumosilicosis, or ”grinders’ disease”. The image originally appeared in a U.S. Public Health Service Publication No. 601, in an article entitled,“Pneumoconiosis in Diatomite Mining and Processing”, 1958.|
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.