This historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The image depicted a policeman who was firing lead bullets inside an indoor firing range. In this situation, the officer was exposed to lead dust from the bullets and shell casings due to the enclosed nature of the environment. This photograph appeared in the December, 1951, issue of 'Industrial Health Monthly'.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