From: Samuella B. Sigmann <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Common industrial lab safety practices 1906-1930?
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2017 18:13:11 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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I would try to find a book or writings on or by Alice Hamilton who was a contemporary of this person and may have been at Harvard around the same time.
Sammey

On 6/9/2017 3:15 PM, Reinhardt, Peter wrote:

Colleagues,

With the wisdom of this listserve, I bet a few of you may provide some information on this topic.

A family member is writing a history of a relative who was a Harvard-educated dye chemist at a New England textile firm from 1906 until about 1930. At that time his health began to deteriorate and he "retired" from chemistry. He died in 1936 of liver cancer at 51 years of age.

Both she and I know it is highly speculative to associate his work and poor health, but she wonders what laboratory safety precautions might have been in common industrial use during that time. Do you know?

When I worked at the University of Wisconsin, a retired chemistry professor there told me that his first "gas mask" was purchased from army surplus prior to WW II. In my career, I've helped remodel labs with functional fume hoods dating from the 1920s. Were masks, gloves, hoods, etc. in common use in industrial labs between 1906 and 1930?

Perhaps there is a book that traces this safety history. If so, I'd appreciate hearing about it.

Thank you!

Pete

Peter A. Reinhardt

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Yale University

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