|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.