ID#: 9536
Description: Caption:
This October 1951 photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The image depicted two men in the process of unloading mercury treated grain, which had been brought inside the confines of a grain elevator storage facility. During the 1950s and 1960s, mercury was used in agricultural settings as a fungicidal seed treatment, in the form of methylmercury, and had been known to enter the human food chain when farm raised birds, like turkeys and pheasants consumed mercury treated grains. The customary use of mercuric fungicides, has for the most part, been discontinued in the developed world, but may still be implemented in the underdeveloped world. This compound need not be ingested in order to impart its neurotoxic effects to humans, but may also be readily absorbed through the skin as well, with the nervous system being the site of its selective concentration.
Additional Information:
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.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Barbara Jenkins, NIOSH
Creation Date: 1951
Photo Credit:
CDC Organization
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.