This historic image, provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), depicted a technician wearing his office clothes, but no lab coat, seated at a simulated uranium mine workstation. This test center was located at a Salt Lake City, UT, Public Health Service (PHS), Rockefeller Foundation, International Health Division (IHD) field station. As he was observing what was transpiring behind a wooden wall through a circular portal, the technician’s right hand was adjusting a valve on a small compressed gas tank.
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.