Press Release

ACGIH® Honors Its 2003 Award Recipients



Cincinnati, Ohio — May 12, 2003 — ACGIH® honored its 2003 Award recipients at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) held May 10 – 15, 2003 in Dallas, Texas. 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 join a prestigious group of recipients.

Herbert E. Stokinger Award Recipient: Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Greim

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

Professor Greim is currently the chairman of toxicology and director of the Institute of Toxicology and Environmental Hygiene at the Technical University in Munich. He has held the positions of head of the Institute of Toxicology, GSF-Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit in Neuherberg, Germany; associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the Department of Toxicology at the University of Tübingen; and research associate professor of Pathology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. He has served on a number of committees, including the German Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Board of Experts on the Environment for the Federal Ministry of the Environment. He serves as chairman of the German Advisory Committee on Existing Chemicals (BUA) of Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), is chairman of the Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area (MAK), and has been a member of the Enquète-Commission Environment and Health of the German Parliament. He received his M.D. degrees from medical schools in Freiburg and Berlin. In 1998 he received the Arnold J. Lehman Award of the Society of Toxicology. He serves as a member of two Scientific Committees of the European Commission: the Scientific Committee on Toxicology, Ecotoxicology and the Environment (SCTEE) and the Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL). In addition, Prof. Greim serves as the MAK Commission Liaison to the ACGIH® Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee. Prof. Greim has published over 300 papers in scientific journals.

John J. Bloomfield Award Recipient: Kimberley J. Nipko, MPH

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.

Ms. Nipko is an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer with the Madison, Wisconsin OSHA Area Office. Her past positions include serving as the Safety and Environmental Director for Fleetwood Homes of Arizona, NCL Graphic Specialties in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Project Manager for the Chicagoland Construction Safety Council.

Ms. Nipko has extensive experience in teaching and training. She has taught courses on silica and its health effects, silica sampling, hearing conservation, personal protective equipment, respirators, confined space, fall protection, and other industrial hygiene topics at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, Madison Area Technical College, and the Chicagoland Construction Safety Council. She has also taught the Silica Hazard Awareness Program to a wide variety of groups and conferences, including the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Associated General Contractors.

Ms. Nipko received her B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1991. She received her Masters of Public Health in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997. In addition, she is a certified Emergency Medical Technician, and volunteers her time one week per month as an EMT in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.

Meritorious Achievement Award Recipient: Scott E. Merkle, CIH

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. Mr. Merkle has held various volunteer positions within ACGIH® during his career. He is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the ACGIH® Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Journal, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Occupational Health and Safety (FOHS), and a member of the ACGIH®/AIHA Joint Outreach Task Force. He has served two elected terms on the ACGIH® Board of Directors, most recently from 1998 to 2002, and was ACGIH® Chair during 2000–2001. From 1993 to 1996, he was a Member-at-Large on the ACGIH® Board. Other ACGIH® service included the Nominating Committee (2002), Awards Committee (2002), Finance Committee (1995–1996), Bylaws Taskforce (1995), Agricultural Safety and Health Committee (1985–1993), and the AIHA/ACGIH® Permanent Conference Committee (1989–1991). He is a past recipient of the ACGIH® John J. Bloomfield Award (1985).

Mr. Merkle is a certified industrial hygienist and has maintained his certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) since 1981. He has an M.S. degree in industrial hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health (1976) and a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University (1975). Since 1988, he has been employed as Chief of the Health and Safety Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Prior to that, he held industrial hygiene positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1980–1988) and the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (1976–1980).

William Steiger Memorial Award Recipient: Brian Davies, CIH

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

Mr. Davies commenced his career in 1963 as an Industrial Chemist at a major steel plant in Australia. Over the next 20 years, Mr. Davies undertook a number of specific roles in occupational hygiene within the steel plant and its parent company, culminating in his appointment as Chief Occupational Hygienist for BHP Company Ltd. Mr. Davies has had a special interest in the occupational hygiene issues specific to the mining industry, especially diesel particulate. He has been researching the topic since 1988, and is in the process of completing his doctoral thesis on the control of diesel particulate in underground coal mines.

In 1993 he accepted early retirement from BHP and set up his own consultancy, specializing in the mining and aviation industries. In 1998, together with two colleagues, he produced a manual aimed at improving the health of coal miners in regard to occupational hygiene issues. This manual was distributed, free of charge, to every coal mine in Australia.

Mr. Davies has had a long history with professional associations, both within Australia and overseas. He is the only person to have held every position within the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists' (AIOH) organizational structure, and has been a past board member and President of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA). In 2000 he was the Chairperson of the 4th International Scientific Conference of IOHA, the focus of which was occupational hygiene in developing countries.

Most recently, he was awarded AIHA's William P. Yant Award at the 2002 AIHce in San Diego.

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