ID#: 9537
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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 an Oklahoma farm worker in the process of unloading grain from an overhead shoot, and was filling a bin, or grain wagon beneath. Of importance, was the fact that the farmer was not wearing any respiratory protective devices, like a filtered breathing mask. Grain dust is given off by harvested and stored grain crops like corn. It is subsequently liberated during the transfer processed prior to shipping. The dust, which billows up, and is sometimes inhaled by farm workers during transfer, can carry high amounts of allergens, fungi, insects, and pesticides. Inhalation of certain molds can cause a potentially fatal disease known as farmer’s lung, or extrinsic allergic alveolitis, as well as hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
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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
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.