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ACGIH® Honored Its 2002 Award Recipients

 

ACGIH® HONORED ITS 2002 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Cincinnati, Ohio — June 25, 2002 — ACGIH® honored its Award recipients at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) held June 1-6, 2002 in San Diego, California. Each year, ACGIH® honors individuals and/or groups who have made significant contributions to the profession through their leadership and dedication. This year's awardees joined a prestigious group of recipients.

Herbert E. Stokinger Award Recipient: Dr. Robert Scala

The Herbert E. Stokinger Award is presented each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution in the broad field of industrial and environmental toxicology.

Dr. Scala has enjoyed a fulfilling career with the National Academy of Sciences, Hazleton Laboratories, 26 years with Exxon Biomedical Sciences, and service on the Chemical Substances TLV® Committee attest to Dr. Scala's scientific endeavors and interests.

His honors include presidencies of the Society of Toxicology and the American Board of Toxicology, recipient of the Society of Toxicology Merit Award, The American College of Toxicology Distinguished Service Award, a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, The Johns Hopkins Recognition Award of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, and the establishment of the Robert A. Scala Award and Lectureship in Industrial Toxicology at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University.

John J. Bloomfield Award Recipient: Lieutenant Robert McCleery

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.

Lt. McCleery is an Environmental Health Officer at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Lt. McCleery was one of the NIOSH field team leaders charged with initiating sampling efforts at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center. He was also a team leader for investigation of one of the inhalation anthrax cases in New York City, and served as an Environmental Sampling Supervisor for the Brentwood Mail Facility and the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, DC.

Upon completing his education, Lt. McCleery became an ATPM Fellow in the Health Hazard Evaluation Division of NIOSH in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been with the program since that time.

Meritorious Achievement Award Recipients:
Chemical Substances - Threshold Limit Values Committee (past and present members) and Industrial Hygiene Section of the Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch of NIOSH (past and present members)

The Meritorious Achievement Award is given to members of ACGIH® who have made an outstanding, long-term contribution to the field of occupational health and industrial hygiene.

ACGIH®'s Chemical Substances — TLV® (CS-TLV®) Committee fiercely pursues its mission to recommend airborne concentrations of agents and exposure conditions for use in the practice of industrial hygiene, and by other qualified professionals to protect worker health, even in the face of adversity. ACGIH®'s most well known publication is its Threshold Limit Values and Biological Exposure Indices (TLVs® and BEIs®), which is published annually. TLVs® for chemical substances are developed by the CS-TLV® Committee as guidelines to assist in the control of potential health hazards in the workplace. The TLVs® have made immense contributions over the years in the prevention of occupationally related disease. The CS-TLV® Committee has approximately 30 members who represent four major disciplines: Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Medicine, Occupational Epidemiology, and Toxicology.

The Industrial Hygiene Section of the Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch (HETAB) of NIOSH is authorized by NIOSH to conduct health hazard evaluations, or HHEs as they are called, in workplaces. An HHE is a study of a workplace to determine if workers are exposed to hazardous materials or harmful conditions. It provides an opportunity to obtain information on occupational exposures for which no OSHA standards exist, or for which existing standards may not protect all workers. The Industrial Hygiene Section (IHS) of HETAB has been in existence since the creation of NIOSH by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The first HHE report was issued in January of 1972. During its 30+-year history, more than 11,700 requests for HHEs have been received, and IHS has responded professionally and responsibly, with an eye towards safeguarding employees at work.

William Steiger Memorial Award Recipients:
United States Congressman George Miller (D-CA)
United States Congressman Major Owens (D-NY)

The William Steiger Memorial Award honors individuals from the social/political sphere whose efforts have contributed to advancements in occupational health and safety. Initiated in 1979, this award is not limited to occupational safety and health professionals.

Congressman George Miller (D-CA), a leading spokesman in Congress on education and labor, the environment, and Native Americans, has represented the 7th District of California in San Francisco's East Bay since 1975. In January 2001, Congressman Miller was elected by the Democratic Caucus to serve as the ranking Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, a committee on which he has served since he first came to Congress. Congressman Miller has a long history of supporting efforts to advance worker health and safety.

Congressman Major Owens (D-NY) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 from New York's 11th Congressional District. Congressman Owens is a member of the vitally necessary Education and the Workforce Committee, which guides all federal involvement in education, job training, labor law, employee safety and pensions, programs for the aging and people with disabilities, and equal employment opportunities. As the Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee for Workforce Protections, Representative Owens has led the fight for minimum wage increases, blocked the attempt to eliminate cash payments for overtime, confronted the steam rolling attempt to repeal Davis-Bacon, defeated the conspiracy to dismantle the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and spearheaded the fight against legislation designed to gag labor unions. Most recently, Congressman Owens has assisted ACGIH® and the worker safety cause at the June and November 2001 hearings before the United States House of Representatives' Committee on Education and the Workforce's Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

ACGIH® Worldwide is a member-based organization that advances worker health and safety through education and the development and dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge. ACGIH® is one of the industry's leading publications resources, with approximately 400 titles relative to occupational and environmental health and safety, including the renowned TLVs® and BEIs®. For more information, visit the ACGIH® website at www.acgih.org or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.

Amy Bloomhuff, Esq.
Director of Operations
513-742-6163, extension 116

abloomhuff@acgih.org