This historic 1950 image, provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), depicted a technician 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.