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 number of female employees who were processing lead paste. Note that workers were not using respiratory protection though ventilators were in evidence at their work stations, which hopefully, were working at optimum levels.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