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John J. Bloomfield Award

2015 Awardee

The John J. Bloomfield Award is presented to a young industrial hygienist who pursues the problem of occupational health hazards primarily by doing fieldwork, and who demonstrates significant contribution to the profession. This year's Bloomfield Award recipient is R. Todd Niemeier, MS, CIH.

Mr. Niemeier received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1997 and Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2002 from the University of Cincinnati (UC). In 2004 he graduated from the UC College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health, with a Master of Science in Environmental and Industrial Hygiene. His graduate research focused on the evaluation of different sampling methods for mold in indoor environments to better understand the relationship between them. His research was subsequently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Mr. Niemeier became a Certified Industrial Hygienist in 2009.

After graduating, Mr. Niemeier began his industrial hygiene career working as a consultant. His responsibilities focused on conducting several field investigations in various industrial and commercial office settings where he evaluated occupational exposures of many types of chemical and physical agents. Mr. Niemeier also served as a product stewardship consultant, where he helped clients manage global chemical regulation activities.

In 2008, Mr. Niemeier joined the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch (HETAB). During his tenure at NIOSH/HETAB he conducted over 50 health hazard evaluations (HHEs) and published 16 final reports, focusing much of his efforts on biological and zoonotic exposure issues. A couple of notable HHEs that Mr. Niemeier led included the evaluation of employee exposures to Mycobacterium tuberculosis at an elephant refuge and an indoor environmental quality assessment at a large public hospital in the Bahamas. He has also participated in emergency response-related activities including the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, 2014 Ebola outbreak, and several activities related to biological terrorism preparedness. Mr. Niemeier has been an industrial hygienist for NIOSH in the Education and Information Division since 2013. In this role, he conducts research to evaluate occupational and environmental hazards and develop appropriate guidelines used to establish NIOSH policies, scientific-decision making strategies, and recommendations. Specific projects and interests include diacetyl, inorganic lead, and the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling (GHS). He was recently awarded a National Occupational Research Agenda grant to explore integration of cumulative risk assessment into occupational safety and health.

Mr. Niemeier has contributed to 25 NIOSH publications, eight peer-reviewed manuscripts, and has served as a guest peer reviewer for a scientific journal. He has given numerous presentations related to his work at several conferences. Mr. Niemeier has served as mentor for UC industrial hygiene students as part of a field evaluation class and has given several lectures at UC for both undergraduate and graduate students. He has served as a NIOSH mentor for underrepresented minorities interested in careers in public health sciences.

As a young industrial hygienist, Mr. Niemeier has made significant contributions to the field and is expected to continue as a leader in environmental health and safety.

Previous Award Recipients

  • 1979 — Gary A. Wiederhoeft
  • 1980 — Ronald J. Young
  • 1981 — Lynn C. O Donnell
  • 1982 — Jack O. Geissert
  • 1983 — John M. Fajen
  • 1984 — Margie E. Zalesak
  • 1985 — Scott E. Merkle
  • 1986 — Deborah S. Green
  • 1987 — Miriam C. Vaughn
  • 1988 — Kathy L. Morring
  • 1989 — Michael G. Gressel
  • 1990 — Mark A. Ashworth
  • 1991 — Mary Giguere
  • 1992 — Patricia M. Holton
  • 1993 — Jeffrey C. Hutchins
  • 1994 — Teresa A. Seitz
  • 1995 — Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen
  • 1996 — David M. Zalk
  • 1997 — Dean R. Lillquist
  • 1998 — D. Scott Hayes
  • 1999 — Stanley J. Jossell
  • 2000 — Seth J. Burmeister
  • 2001 — Michael V. Van Dyke
  • 2002 — Lieutenant Robert E. McCleery
  • 2003 — Kimberley J. Nipko
  • 2004 — Anthony J. Intrepido
  • 2005 — Lieutenant Commander Lauralynn Taylor
  • 2006 — Aleksandr B. Stefaniak
  • 2007 — Robert M. Eninger, Maj, USAF, CIH
  • 2008 — Aubrey Grimes
  • 2009 — Jessica Ramsey
  • 2010 — Shannon Henshaw Gaffney, MHS, PhD, CIH
  • 2011 — Lilia Chen, MS, CIH
  • 2012 — Cara M. Mitchell
  • 2013 — Erica Jones, CIH
  • 2014 — Catherine A. Hovde, CIH, CSP

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