Thought to be from the 1970s, this historic image provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), depicted an inductrial worker who was holding a container from which he was pouing an unknown substance into a vat. It looked as if there was an accumulation of mixed residue on the outside of the vat. The worker was not wearing any protective gear such as gloves, goggles, or filtered breathing mask, all of which may, or may not have been required based on whether or not any of the substances with which he was working were toxic.In gaining a better understanding of workplace hazards, through hands-on and on-site information acquisition, protocol-formulating bodies such as NIOSH, are better able to create a safer workplace through substantiation of appropriate safety regulations.
CDC/ Barbara Jenkins, NIOSH
November 27, 2012
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