|Description:||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 inside of a Milan, Michigan foundry before it was cleaned and painted. The interior was dimly lit, soot covered the floor, and metal product was stacked on wooden palettes. Compare this photo with PHIL # 9499 revealing the appearance of the foundry’s interior after it had been rennovated. In industrial settings such as this, plant workers can be exposed to potential respiratory health hazards, especially when working in a chemical industry setting.|
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.