AIHA Members Honored at AIHce 2009
Each year at AIHce, AIHA honors individual members, organizations, academic institutions and companies that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, ingenuity and high ethical standards in the field of OEHS. The Synergist congratulates all the
award winners for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the OEHS professions.
AIHA Social Responsibility Award
The first annual AIHA Social Responsibility Award, cosponsored by Bureau Veritas, honors K.P. Nyati for
his work on closed-loop sustainability in his native India. Closed-loop sustainability is a zero-waste system
that reuses or recycles all byproducts of human activity, eliminating the need for landfills and incinerators.
The award was presented at the opening general session at AIHce in Toronto, Ontario.
“I proudly accept and am grateful to be the first recipient of the AIHA Social Responsibility Award,” Mr.
Nyati said in a videotaped statement. “Receiving this award reinforces my resolve and re-energizes me to
achieve the twin goals of changing India from a landfill country and of transforming rag pickers into in-
dustrial workers in the recycling chain.”
Mr. Nyati is president of Sustainable Solutions India, a newly formed not-for-profit organization. Previ-
ously, he led the environment policy division at the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development.
Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award
The Baier Award, presented by Bureau Veritas,
honors significant contributions to industrial
hygiene. This year’s recipient, Robert A. Curtis,
CIH, developed the OSHA Computerized Infor-
mation System in the early 1980s and was in-
strumental in establishing the use of computers,
video documentation, and on-site analysis to
improve industrial hygiene audits.
Alice Hamilton Award
This award honors an outstanding woman for
lasting achievements in occupational hygiene
through public and community service, social re-
form, technological innovation or advance-
ments in the control of workplace hazards.
Donna M. Doganiero, CIH, holds the most senior
position in industrial hygiene and occupational
health in the U.S. military, manages several major
occupational health mission areas, and has received multiple
awards for service to military personnel.
The Kusnetz award honors a certified industrial
hygienist under 40 years old who is employed
in the private sector, provides the highest standards of health and safety protection for employees, and exhibits high ethical standards
and technical abilities. This year’s recipient,
Carter B. Ficklen, III, CIH, has worked for
private companies specializing in construction,
engineering and defense contracts.
Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award
This award honors outstanding contributions to
the knowledge and practice of industrial hygiene. William C. Hinds, ScD, CIH, a professor
at the UCLA School of Public Health, has published extensively in peer-reviewed publications
and served on technical and standard-setting
committees. His major research interests have
been in the areas of aerosols as related to human
health hazards and exposure assessments.
William P. Yant Award
Sponsored by the Mine Safety Appliances
Company, the Yant Award honors outstanding
contributions in industrial hygiene or allied
fields by an individual residing outside the
United States. This year’s recipient, Alan
Rogers, an occupational hygiene teacher and
researcher, is recognized as one of Australia’s
leading experts on asbestos. His recent work
focuses on evaluating suitable methods for monitoring diesel
particulate, especially in underground coal mines.
The President’s Award honors
outstanding contributions to
efforts to achieve AIHA’s mis-
sion. This year’s recipients,
John Howard and R. DeLon
Hull, are honored for their
service at NIOSH. Howard
served as director of NIOSH
from 2002 through 2008. Hull was director of research and
technology transfer at NIOSH and also led the Research to
Practice (r2p) initiative.