|Description:||Welder at his bench at a copper smelter in Utah using exhaust ventilation, protective clothing, and a face shield. Original caption: “The picture was taken at the Garfield Smelter of the American Smelting and Refining Company. It depicts a welding operation in which the proper exhaust ventilation is present, along with protective clothing and face shield.”|
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.