|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 two African American foundry workers, who were not wearing respirators or goggles. Workers who don’t wear the requisite protective garments, such as filtered breathing masks and gloves, can be exposed to dust particulates during many industrial processes. The dust itself can be a respiratory irritant, and carried by the dust, there are often toxic agents that can be the cause of irreparable respiratory damage including cancer, emphasema, and pleuritis.|
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.