|Description:||This historic image, provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), depicted an industrial worker who was in the process of heating an unknown substance inside a ventilated oven marked “POISON”. It appeared that a crucible, which was hanging from a metal rod held by the worker, was the canister that held the poison. The man was wearing dark eyeglasses, a transparent face shield, heavy-duty gloves, and an apron. However, he was wearing no filtered breathing mask, which would have prevented the inhalation of possible toxic fumes|
In gaining a better understanding of workplace hazards, through hands-on and on-site information acquisition, protocol-formulating bodies such as NIOSH, are better able to create a safer workplace through substantiation of appropriate safety regulations.
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.