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Description:This 1949 historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The image showed a number of workers in a foundry that had been “exhausted,” or cleaned. The workers were wearing either goggles, or eyeglasses, which offered a modicum of protection from airborne hazards. However, industrial workers located in such settings, can also be exposed to dust during the metalworking process, which is a potential respiratory health hazard, as well as an eye-health problem. This photograph appeared in the ”Industrial Hygiene Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 7”.
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.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Barbara Jenkins, NIOSH
Creation Date:1949
Photo Credit:Unknown
Links:United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
CDC – Nat. Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – About NIOSH
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.