Press Release

ACGIH® Honors Its 2012 Awards Recipients



Cincinnati, Ohio — June 1, 2012 — ACGIH® will honor its 2012 Awards recipients at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition held June 16–21, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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: Michelle M. Schaper, PhD

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

Dr. Schaper is currently a toxicologist with the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). She has over 25 years of experience as an inhalation toxicologist. Dr. Schaper received a BS degree in Chemistry, an MS degree in Industrial Hygiene, and a PhD in Toxicology, all from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a faculty member, a graduate student advisor, and a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh for 12 years after completing her doctorate. Dr. Schaper is the author or co-author of numerous abstracts, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters, focusing on the use of animal models to evaluate the respiratory effects of airborne chemicals. She has applied the data obtained in these animal models to predict safe exposure conditions for workers. Dr. Schaper served on the ACGIH® Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee from 1999 to 2007. She also served on the AIHA® Toxicology Committee.

Dr. Schaper's contributions have earned her a place on the list of esteemed recipients of the Herbert E. Stokinger Award.

John J. Bloomfield Award Recipient: Cara M. Mitchell

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. Mitchell has been the EHS Coordinator at SEM Products, Inc. in Rock Hill, South Carolina for the past several months. In that position, she conducts weekly hazardous waste inspections, composes quarterly and annual hazardous waste reports; conducts monthly safety talks at plant meetings; conducts safety audits and abates the findings; conducts noise monitoring throughout the facility and advises on engineering and administrative controls; and conducts incident investigations and spray booth monitoring for face velocity. Ms. Mitchell wrote the Contingency Plan and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan for the facility, as well as the machine specific lockout/tagout (LO/TO) procedures, which led to her revision of the LO/TO program. Prior to this position, Ms. Mitchell worked as the Health and Safety Compliance Officer for North Carolina OSHA. Her responsibilities included: health and safety compliance inspections at a variety of industrial facilities and construction sites; identification of hazards associated with employees' health and safety; organization and implementation of an industrial hygiene sampling plan; working with employers to develop abatements to identified hazards/citations; and participation on the Emergency Response/Homeland Security Team.

Ms. Mitchell received the Powell/Cohrssen Scholarship from the University of Cincinnati in 2006. She also received a scholarship from the NIOSH Education and Research Center for 2005 through 2007. Ms. Mitchell received a BS degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in May, 2005, and an MS degree in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene from the University of Cincinnati in June 2007.

Ms. Mitchell continues to further her knowledge and expertise through continuing education and challenging work assignments. She has attended RCRA/DOT training on hazardous waste/materials. In addition, she leads the company's monthly safety committee meetings as well as the First Aid Response Team and the Spill Response Team; she trains all new and temporary employees on the safety and health rules of the facility; and she conducts safety and health training on required topics.

As a young industrial hygienist, Ms. Mitchell has already made numerous contributions to the field and is expected to continue to do so by virtue of her strong commitment to environmental health and safety, her hardworking nature, and her excellent leadership skills.

Meritorious Achievement Award Recipient: John M. Dement, PhD, CIH

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

Dr. Dement is a Professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health. Dr. Dement is certified in the comprehensive practice of Industrial Hygiene and holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from N.C. State University, an MS degree in Industrial Hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a PhD in Industrial Hygiene/Epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health.

Prior to joining the Duke faculty, Dr. Dement served in the U.S. Public Health Service for 22 years where he was employed in various research and management positions by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). He has authored well over 100 peer-reviewed publications on a broad spectrum of occupational health and safety issues including exposure assessment methods for epidemiological studies, occupational respiratory diseases, occupational cancers, occupational injury epidemiology, and the development and implementation of occupational health and safety surveillance systems. Dr. Dement has served on numerous national and international panels and committees convened by governmental organizations, the World Health Organization, the Institution of Medicine, labor organizations, and industry groups. He served on the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors from 1994–2003 and the ACGIH® Board of Directors from 1987–1990, serving as Chair in 1989. Dr. Dement also served as Editor-in Chief of Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from 1993–1998.

Dr. Dement's dedication and service to the occupational health and industrial hygiene profession, and his commitment to ACGIH®'s mission render him a worthy recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award.

William Steiger Memorial Award Recipient: Richard E. Fairfax, CIH

The William Steiger Memorial Award honors individuals from the social/political sphere whose efforts have contributed to advancements in occupational safety and health.

Mr. Fairfax is presently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Washington, DC and is a certified industrial hygienist. Mr. Fairfax has a BS degree in Biology from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California and an MS degree in Zoology from Humboldt State University in California.

Mr. Fairfax began with OSHA in 1977 as a field Industrial Hygienist in Savannah, Georgia. He later worked as a senior industrial hygienist in the Concord, New Hampshire Area Office and the Seattle, Washington OSHA Regional Office. In 1994, he moved to Washington, DC serving as a senior industrial hygienist in the Directorate of Compliance Programs. In 1996, he was promoted to the Deputy Director position and two years later became the Director. He served in that position from 1998 to 2010 when he was promoted to his current position with the Agency. Mr. Fairfax also served as the Acting Director for the Directorate of Construction in 2010 and 2011. In his role as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. Fairfax is responsible for managing OSHA's 10 regional offices as well as the Directorates of Construction, Enforcement Programs and the OSHA Training Institute.

Mr. Fairfax has been a member of ACGIH® since 1978 and from 1990 through 1996 he was a member of the ACGIH® Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee working on the Dusts and Inorganic subcommittee and serving as Chair of that subcommittee in 1992. From 1992 through 2010, Mr. Fairfax wrote and edited the "OSHA Compliance Issues" columns for Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene journal and later for the joint AIHA and ACGIH® journal – Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). During that time, Mr. Fairfax also served on the Editorial Review Board for JOEH. Mr. Fairfax has worked with Cindy Coe for the last 10 years in running the very popular Glenn Williamson Forum at AIHce to raise awareness about the role of the regulator in addressing workplace health hazards, to illustrate real-life workplace scenarios, and to show the application and effectiveness of control methods and solutions. The very popular annual forum focuses on excelled professional education and development.

ACGIH® is pleased to honor Mr. Fairfax as the recipient of this year's William Steiger Memorial Award.

Note to Reporters: Photos of the Awards recipients are available upon request.

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Amy Bloomhuff, Esq., CAE
Associate Executive Director