Press Release

ACGIH® Honors Its 2005 Awards Recipients



Cincinnati, Ohio — March 18, 2005 — ACGIH® will honor its 2005 Awards recipients at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) held May 22-26, 2005 in Anaheim, 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 continue in that tradition of excellence.

Herbert E. Stokinger Award Recipient
B. Dwight Culver, MD

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. Culver, through his teaching and steadfast leadership, has done much to advance the field of industrial and environmental toxicology. He serves as a clinical professor in the Department of Medicine's Epidemiology Division at the University of California Irvine (UCI). In addition, he serves as a Medical Staff Member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center of UCI, the Consulting Medical Director of U.S. Borax, Inc., and serves on the Residency Advisory Board of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at UCI.

Dr. Culver has been a member of ACGIH® since 1981, and has contributed his expertise to ACGIH®'s Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee since that time. Dr. Culver has also offered his expertise on the following committees: Organizing Committee Chairman of the First and Second International Symposia on Health Effects of Boron and its Compounds; Past President of the Southern California Section of AIHA; Member and Chair of the Lung Association of Orange County's Committee on Occupational Lung Disease; Member of the California Division of the American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Advisory Panel; Member of Orange County Medical Association's Occupational Medicine Committee; and Board Member of the Western Occupational Medical Association.

Dr. Culver has added to the knowledge and expertise in this field through his publications in professional journals and co-authorship of two chapters in the Patty's series of publications.

John J. Bloomfield Award Recipient
Lieutenant Commander Lauralynn Taylor, CIH, MSPH

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.

LCDR Taylor is an Environmental Health Officer with NIOSH, and is currently in long-term training at Harvard School of Public Health where she is conducting industrial hygiene research in pursuit of a Doctoral degree. As the lead researcher on the NIOSH "Monitoring of Bioaerosols on Commercial Passenger Aircraft" study, she provides important data to the Federal Aviation Administration on strategies to identify bacteria, fungi, and allergens on aircraft. She has co-authored numerous publications and presentations and has received the following awards: Cumming Award Plaque (received with team members for outstanding contribution in public health engineering and science) - February 2003; Secretary Distinguished Service Award (Dept. of Health and Human Services) - May 2002; Special Act Award (for exceptional effort during Anthrax Investigation activities) - September 2002; Best Poster of Session ("Evaluating Passive Badge Samplers for Perchloroethylene Monitoring in Dry Cleaning Operations", AIHce) - June 2001; "Quality Step Increase" Outstanding Performance Award (NIOSH), April 2000 and April 2002; "On the Spot" Performance Award (NIOSH) - March 1999; and U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Hygiene Graduate Fellowship - 1996.

Meritorious Achievement Award Recipient
Robert T. Hughes, MSME, PE

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. Hughes, now retired, has worked for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a mechanical engineer for almost 30 years. His developments in industrial ventilation engineering criteria for push-pull electroplating systems and metalworking fluids ventilation systems have been used worldwide as industry standards for other applications such as ventilation for toxic operations and ventilation of other processes such as large fiberglass part fabrications.

He has served on ACGIH®'s Industrial Ventilation Committee since 1976. He served as Chair of the Committee for 11 of those years before finally stepping down. During his tenure, five editions of Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice were published. Also under his guidance, the Committee expanded its vision of the industrial ventilation manual and embarked on a new course to develop an extensive user's manual (coming in 2006), which will cover issues beyond basic design concepts.

Mr. Hughes has served as Co-Chair of Ventilation '85, Chair of Ventilation '91 and United States Coordinator for Ventilation '88 and '94. This international meeting, previously co-sponsored by ACGIH®, exchanges industrial exposure data, addresses emerging issues in the industrial workplace and shares successful engineering controls with a worldwide audience. He has authored numerous papers documented in conference proceedings, as well as papers and reports published by NIOSH and in professional journals, including the AIHA Journal and Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. He also actively contributes to the ANSI Z-9 Committee as a member and as the ACGIH® liaison.

William Steiger Memorial Award Recipient
Ernest Mastromatteo, CD, MD, DPH, DIH, FABPM (Occ Med), CCBOM, MFOM (London)

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.

Dr. Mastromatteo, a consultant in Occupational and Environmental Health, spent many years teaching occupational and environmental health. He has served as an occupational and environmental hygiene consultant for organizations in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Mastromatteo received his medical degree (1947), and diplomas in Public Health (1950) and Industrial Health (1958) from the University of Toronto. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine by Examination; the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine by Examination; and is a member through distinction of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine London.

Dr. Mastromatteo currently serves as a member of ACGIH®'s Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee and has been a member of ACGIH® since 1968. He was also a member and Chair of the Ontario Medical Association's Committee on Public Health and Section on Occupational Health, and is a member of the Canadian Medical Association's Committee on Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Mastromatteo served as President of the Ontario Thoracic Society from 1966 through 1968. He has served as Trustee and Board Member of the American Board of Preventive Medicine's Occupational Medicine Subcommittee; as an elected member of the Ramazzini Medical Society; as a member of the International Commission on Occupational Health; and as a member of the Medical Directors' Forum.

Dr. Mastromatteo received ACGIH®'s Stokinger Award for scientific contributions to occupational toxicology in the United States in 1981, among numerous other honors and awards throughout his professional career. He has authored 45 publications on occupational health, toxicology, and environmental health, four book chapters, and has served as an editorial committee member for two books.

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 or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.

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