This historic image, provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), depicted a highly skilled industrial worker formulating a vat of antiperspirant cream at a pharmaceutical company factory. The image was published in the July 1948, issue of the ”Industrial Bulletin, New York”, Pg. 3. You’ll note that the worker was not wearing gloves, nor was he wearing any filtered breathing devices or goggles, all of which would have protected him from noxious vapors, and accidental spatter leading to skin, or eye contamination. In gaining a better understanding of workplace hazards, through hands-on and on-site information acquisition, protocol-formulating bodies like NIOSH, are better able to create a safer workplace through substantiation of appropriate safety regulations.
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.