From: Ken Kretchman <kwkretch**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Common industrial lab safety practices 1906-1930?
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2017 13:23:52 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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Here is a blurb from a consulting company I worked with very early in my career, which existed well before OSHA There is a list of references at the end of this overview.

I expect the best information would come from the historic knowledge of EHS depts within companies like Dow or Union Carbide, member companies of the foundation listed above, and among the many who were trying to do their best well before the OSHA act.

I think I will chase down Lou's book.


Ken Kretchman, CIH, CSP Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Campus Box 8007 / 2620 Wolf Village Way / Raleigh North Carolina 27695-8007
Email: Ken_Kretchman**At_Symbol_Here** / Phone: (919).515.6860 / Fax: (919).515.6307

On Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 3:15 PM, Reinhardt, Peter <peter.reinhardt**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:


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!


Peter A. Reinhardt

Director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety

Yale University

135 College St., Suite 100

New Haven, CT 06510-2411

(203) 737-2123


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