Press Release

ACGIH® Honors Its 2015 Awards Recipients


Cincinnati, Ohio — April 10, 2015 — ACGIH® will honor its 2015 Awards recipients at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition held May 30–June 4, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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: Nigel Walker, PhD, DABT

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. Walker is the Deputy Director for Science for the Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As Deputy Director of DNTP he is involved in the formulation, coordination and implementation of activities necessary to carry out the scientific goals of the National Toxicology Program (NTP), a U.S. Federal government interagency program whose mission is to evaluate agents of public health concern by developing and applying tools of modern toxicology and molecular biology. Dr. Walker's professional experience covers molecular toxicology, quantitative dose response modeling and risk analysis, with particular emphasis on understanding the toxicity and carcinogenicity of compounds under investigation by the NTP including nanoscale materials, occupational and environmental mixtures, dioxins, persistent organic pollutants, and botanical dietary supplements. Dr. Walker has authored over 120 peer-reviewed articles, including 37 NTP chronic toxicology and carcinogenicity study technical reports.

Dr. Walker's contributions to the occupational health and industrial hygiene profession have earned him the Herbert E. Stokinger Award.

John J. Bloomfield Award Recipient: R. Todd Niemeier, MS, CIH

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.

Mr. Niemeier received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1997 and Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2002 from the University of Cincinnati (UC). In 2004 he graduated from the UC College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health, with a Master of Science in Environmental and Industrial Hygiene. His graduate research focused on the evaluation of different sampling methods for mold in indoor environments to better understand the relationship between them. His research was subsequently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Mr. Niemeier became a Certified Industrial Hygienist in 2009.

After graduating, Mr. Niemeier began his industrial hygiene career working as a consultant. His responsibilities focused on conducting several field investigations in various industrial and commercial office settings where he evaluated occupational exposures of many types of chemical and physical agents. Mr. Niemeier also served as a product stewardship consultant, where he helped clients manage global chemical regulation activities.

In 2008, Mr. Niemeier joined the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch (HETAB). During his tenure at NIOSH/HETAB he conducted over 50 health hazard evaluations (HHEs) and published 16 final reports, focusing much of his efforts on biological and zoonotic exposure issues. A couple of notable HHEs that Mr. Niemeier led included the evaluation of employee exposures to Mycobacterium tuberculosis at an elephant refuge and an indoor environmental quality assessment at a large public hospital in the Bahamas. He has also participated in emergency response-related activities including the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, 2014 Ebola outbreak, and several activities related to biological terrorism preparedness. Mr. Niemeier has been an industrial hygienist for NIOSH in the Education and Information Division since 2013. In this role, he conducts research to evaluate occupational and environmental hazards and develop appropriate guidelines used to establish NIOSH policies, scientific-decision making strategies, and recommendations. Specific projects and interests include diacetyl, inorganic lead, and the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling (GHS). He was recently awarded a National Occupational Research Agenda grant to explore integration of cumulative risk assessment into occupational safety and health.

Mr. Niemeier has contributed to 25 NIOSH publications, eight peer-reviewed manuscripts, and has served as a guest peer reviewer for a scientific journal. He has given numerous presentations related to his work at several conferences. Mr. Niemeier has served as a mentor for UC industrial hygiene students as part of a field evaluation class and has given several lectures at UC for both undergraduate and graduate students. He has served as a NIOSH mentor for underrepresented minorities interested in careers in public health sciences.

As a young industrial hygienist, Mr. Niemeier has made numerous contributions to the field and will continue to be a leader in environmental health and safety.

Meritorious Achievement Award Recipient: D. Jeff Burton, MS, PE

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.

Over the past 40 years, Mr. Burton has worked on hundreds of projects related to industrial ventilation and indoor air quality. His onsite tailored training courses are legendary. Mr. Burton also served as the speaker of ACGIH®'s popular Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation & Practical Applications of Useful Equations course for over 10 years.

Mr. Burton is the author of many industry workbooks – Industrial Hygiene WorkbookIndustrial Hygiene Workbook for Safety ProfessionalsIAQ and HVAC WorkbookExhaust VentilationField Guide for Industrial HygieneCase Studies: Sixty Practical Applications of IH Control Principles – and has designed many self-directed study programs in ventilation, IAQ, and occupational health and safety.

Mr. Burton has been a member of ACGIH® since 1991. He is also a member of AIHA and was a long-time member of ASHRAE and ASSE, among other professional associations. He served as President (1997–1998), Chair of Local Sections Council, and as a member of the Board of Directors of AIHA. He has been a member (twice) of the ACGIH® Industrial Ventilation Committee and the ANSI Z9.5 Subcommittee for Lab Ventilation. Mr. Burton is currently Chair of the ANSI Z9.2 Subcommittee on Industrial Ventilation, ANSI Z9.8 on HVAC Systems and ANSI Z9.10 on Dilution Ventilation.

Mr. Burton'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: Garrett D. Brown, MPH, 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. Brown retired in January 2014 as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Cal/OSHA, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, after 20 years with the agency. From 1993 to 2011, Mr. Brown conducted more than 650 inspections in Alameda County, and as part of statewide teams inspecting California's Central Valley agricultural fields and garment sweatshops in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Between April 2011 and his retirement, he worked at Cal/OSHA Headquarters in Oakland.

Mr. Brown has spent most of his career advocating for safe and healthy workplaces in the United States and abroad. He has participated in trainings in Indonesia with labor, women's groups, human rights and community-based NGOs and with trade unions and Central American Republics in Guatemala on safety and health issues in the workplace. In 2010, Mr. Brown led a multi-disciplinary team of occupational health professionals to establish the world's first genuinely "no sweat" garment factory in the Dominican Republic. In 2014, Mr. Brown made three trips to Dhaka, Bangladesh to assist with the Accord for Fire and Building Safety, established to protect workers in the country's garment industry. He participated in health and safety training for managers, supervisors, workers, union leaders, and the staff of the Accord itself.

Mr. Brown has received academic and professional awards from the University of California at Berkeley, national and local sections of AIHA, and mostly recently from the United Steel Workers Union's Health and Safety Department in March 2015. Mr. Brown has published numerous articles on global workplace health issues. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (IJOEH)EHS Today (formerly Occupational Hazards), Industrial Safety and Hygiene NewsMultinational MonitorNew Labor ForumNew SolutionsSocial Justice, and The Synergist.

ACGIH® is pleased to honor Mr. Brown 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