This historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The image depicted the layout of the main floor in the Electro-Alloys Division chemical plant in Elyria, Ohio. The building’s work area appeared to be clean, and well lighted. In industrial settings like this, plant workers can still be exposed to potential respiratory health hazards, especially when working in a chemical industry setting.
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.