Press Release

ACGIH® Honors Its 2008 Awards Recipients



Cincinnati, Ohio — May 19, 2008 — ACGIH® will honor its 2008 Awards recipients at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo held May 31-June 5, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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 that distinguished list.

Herbert E. Stokinger Award Recipient: Curtis D. Klaassen, Ph.D.

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. Klaassen has spent his career making such contributions.

Dr. Klaassen's research interests have centered on how we adapt to chemicals in the environment. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles, and more than 75 review articles and chapters for books. Dr. Klaassen received the Achievement Award from the Society of Toxicology in 1978 for his research accomplishments, was cited by Eugene Garfield in Current Contents (January 18, 1993) as the scientist that had the fourth highest scientific impact in the United States in the study of xenobiotics (drugs and other chemicals) and, in 2002, was named a "Highly Cited Researcher" in Pharmacology (top 0.5%) by the Institute for Scientific Information.

Dr. Klaassen has been an associate editor of a number of journals including the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics for 24 years and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology for 10 years. He was the first Editor-in Chief of Toxicological Sciences, the new journal of the Society of Toxicology. He has served on numerous national and international committees including those with National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, National Library of Medicine, Environmental Protection Agency, National Academy of Science, National Toxicology Program, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, International Life Science Institute, United States Air Force, World Health Organization, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, American Dental Association, and International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Dr. Klaassen has served as President of the Society of Toxicology (USA) (1990-1991), as well as President of the International Union of Toxicology (1992-1995). He was also President of the Seventh International Congress of Toxicology (1995) and the Fourth International Metallothionein Meeting (1997).

Dr. Klaassen has trained over 80 Ph.D. and postdoctoral students and is Founder and Course Director of the Mid-America Toxicology Course, an annual postgraduate course in toxicology. He has authored the toxicology section of Goodman and Gilman's Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics since 1980 and has edited Casarett and Doull's Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons since 1980. He has presented over 400 lectures on toxicology around the world. He received the "Education Award" from the Society of Toxicology in 1993.

Dr. Klaassen's contributions to the field of industrial and environmental toxicology have earned him a place on the distinguished list of Herbert E. Stokinger Award recipients.

John J. Bloomfield Award Recipient: Aubrey Grimes

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. Grimes is currently an Occupational Safety and Health Specialist assigned to the Health Division of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as the Workplace Monitoring Program Manager. As coordinator of workplace monitoring, she oversees the collection of samples for the industrial trades at the shipyard, primarily for work done on nuclear submarines. The data collected from Pearl Harbor has been instrumental in maintaining Naval Sea Systems Command efforts to coordinate actions to protect personnel against hexavalent chromium since the standard was lowered. All four Naval shipyards are working toward consolidating monitoring procedures, and developing a shared database for collected data.

The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Safety Department earned a "STAR" rating in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) in 2007 and recently was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award for 2008 for Large Facilities. The industrial hygiene and workplace monitoring programs are a part of the overall evaluation, and Ms. Grimes's efforts and participation helped the Department achieve these awards.

Meritorious Achievement Award Recipient: Michael S. Morgan, Sc.D., 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.

Dr. Morgan has spent 33 years teaching environmental health science and studying the human responses to inhalation of air contaminants, including combustion products (sulfur dioxide and sulfate particles), ozone, and volatile solvents. He has supervised the graduate research projects of 65 students in industrial hygiene and toxicology, including four Ph.D. recipients. His research program in pharmacokinetics and biological monitoring of organic solvents is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Dr. Morgan is the author of over 65 peer-reviewed publications. He is a member and past Chair of the ACGIH® Biological Exposure Indices (BEI®) Committee, and serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH), a joint publication of ACGIH® and AIHA.

William Steiger Memorial Award Recipient: John L. Henshaw, MPH, CIH

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.

Mr. Henshaw is President of Henshaw and Associates, Inc., a safety and health professional services firm in Florida. On June 13, 2001, he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 3, 2001 to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a position he held until January 1, 2005. As U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, he led the Agency's efforts to ensure worker safety and health in the United States by working with employers and employees to create better working environments. Prior to becoming the OSHA administrator, he served as Director of Environment, Safety and Health for Astaris LLC, a joint venture between Solutia and FMC Corp., and he held similar positions at Solutia Inc., and Monsanto Company in St Louis, Missouri.

Mr. Henshaw has presented nationally and internationally on environmental, safety, health and quality issues, and his work includes publication of numerous papers, articles and text chapters on occupational health and safety. He has received numerous awards within the safety and health profession including the AIHA "Kusnetz Award", the American Society of Safety Engineers "President's Award", The University of Michigan "Distinguished Alumnus Award" and the Academy of Industrial Hygiene "Henry F. Smith Award". In addition to his consulting business, Mr. Henshaw currently serves as an affiliate associate professor at the University of South Florida, a member of the Singapore Government's International Advisory Panel on Workplace Safety and Health, and the Dean's Advisory Board of the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.

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Amy Bloomhuff, Esq., CAE
Director of Operations