|Description:||This historic 1950 image, provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), depicted a technician who was in the process of manipulating radioactive material while using metallic “extension tongs”, thereby, keeping him at a safe distance from the potentially dangerous material. Without knowing the possible level of contaminants expelled from the radioactive substance, wearing only a white jump-suite, may or may not have been what today would be deemed adequate protection against contamination.|
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.