This historical 1943 image, provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), depicted an inhouse nurse at an Ohio TNT military ordnance manufacturing plant in the process of bandaging the left hand of an injured fellow female employee. On the job injuries present an ever-present problem for any business, but especially in the manufacturing sector, and especially in a facility where the handling of toxic substances such as trinitrotoluene is common. A poisonous chemical, TNT will irritate the skin upon contact, and actually will change the skin's color to a bright yellow-orange. Prolonged exposure leads to liver damage, anemia, enlargement of the spleen, and a compromised immune system, to name a few of its negative effects. Trinitrotoluene is also a known carcinogen.
CDC/ Barbara Jenkins, NIOSH
November 4, 2012
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