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This historical image was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
This historical image was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The photograph depicted a hatters' industry factory worker who was in the process of loading fur into a bin, which was flowing down a shoot. Though it cannot be determined from this image, as to what may have been the next step in the hat manufacturing process, the man was wearing a filtered breathing mask. However, he was not wearing protective goggles, or gloves. Working with newly processed fur, which had been 'carroted', or fixed with mercury nitrate, workers could be exposed to airborne mercury, thereby, suffering the detrimental neurologic consequences from its inhalation. Using steam facilitated the airborne dissemination of this neurotoxic element.
CDC/ Barbara Jenkins, NIOSH; USPHS
November 27, 2012
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