This May 19, 1953 photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The image depicted four industrial plant employees, as they were cleaning lead plates in an electric-storage battery factory. Note that while at their work stations, all the workers were using only minimal personal protective equipment, consisting of dust masks and gloves.Workers can be exposed to lead through inhalation of fumes and dusts, as well as through ingestion as a result of lead-contaminated hands, food, drinks, cosmetics, tobacco products, and clothing. Furthermore, workers can take lead home on their clothes, skin, hair, tools, and in their vehicles, potentially exposing their families to this element's harmful health effects.
CDC/ Barbara Jenkins, NIOSH
December 3, 2012