Quote – Arthur S. Summers, a manufacturer of dry colors.

The chief cause [of lead poisoning among color workers] used to be the careless habits of the men, in not properly washing themselves after handling the lead materials, eating their lunches with their hands covered with the stuff…

Factory Investigating Commission, Preliminary Report, Volume III. p. 1672 He provided buckets filled with water for his workers to wash their hands after handling lead or arsenic, which was something the Factory Investigating Commission later mandated. In retrospect it was an inadequate step, but at the time it represented an unprecedented intrusion by government in business affairs.

Friday, March 1, 1912