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AIHA Honors 2016 President’s Award Recipient
Norman W. Henry, III, CIH, was honored at this year’s AIHce with the 2016 AIHA President’s Award. This prestigious award, which is determined solely by the president of AIHA, is presented to awardees in recognition of their dedication to the industrial hygiene profession.
“My industrial hygiene career has been most rewarding...responding to challenges and seizing opportunities to protect people in the workplace,” said Henry. “I am humbled by this honor."
Daniel H. Anna, PhD, CIH, CSP, who was president of the AIHA Board of Directors until May 26, named Henry for the 2016 award. Anna remarked that Henry’s guidance and support had a strong impact on his career.
“When I was a young graduate student, Norm welcomed me to the Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee,” Anna said. “That committee experience was the beginning of my volunteer career with AIHA. Without the positive encouragement and welcoming from Norm, I may not have gotten involved with AIHA. From the beginning he always treated me like a peer, and over the years we worked together on several projects, including the Chemical Protective Clothing book and The Occupational Environment. My career would not be where it is today without Norm’s influence.”
Henry has been an AIHA member since 1981. He has also been a member of various AIHA committees and previously served as chair of the Ionizing Radiation Committee and the Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee.


Become a Safety Matters Trainer Last fall, AIHA and NIOSH jointly introduced the new Safety Matters program, which is intended to raise awareness among young workers about workplace safety and health. Safety Matters is a one-hour interactive teaching module and PowerPoint presentation targeted to students in grades 7 through 12. The module is intended to help young people build the skills and knowledge they need to participate in safe and healthy work environments throughout their working lives. The program covers topics such as identifying hazards at work; preventing injury and illness; identifying emergencies at work and deciding on the best ways to address them; and communicating with others—including people in authority—when young workers feel unsafe or threatened.
Interested in helping out? Learn more from the Safety Matters Center.


AIHA Accolades NIOSH presented AIHA member D. Gayle DeBord, PhD, with the Director’s Award for Extraordinary Intramural Science, which recognizes outstanding collective contributions to excellence in science at NIOSH by individual intramural scientists and support staff. DeBord received the award for her groundbreaking work managing the agency’s Exposure Assessment Program.
AIHA member Terry Douglas, CIH, CSP, received the 2016 Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These awards recognize small business owners who represent the nation’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and rich diversity. Douglas is president of Alliant Corporation, a consulting firm in Knoxville, Tenn.
Stephen Reynolds, PhD, CIH, a professor in Colorado State University’s Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences and director of the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, received a Meritorious Achievement Award from ACGIH. The award recognizes Reynolds’ outstanding, long-term contributions to the progress of occupational and environmental hygiene. Safety Committee Recognizes Student Poster at 2016 AIHce For eight years, the Safety Committee has honored high quality student posters at AIHce that emphasize safety and demonstrate relevant contributions to the field of occupational safety and health. At AIHce 2016 in Baltimore, a nine-member team of Safety Committee members judged the student posters on appearance, content, and presentation. The poster “Evaluating the Efficacy of an Alternative Method of Disinfecting Laminate Surfaces,” presented by AIHA student members Garrett Steiner and Daniel Petras of Illinois State University, received the highest average score and the Safety Committee ribbon. A photo of the students with their winning poster is available on AIHA’s website. Call for New AIHA-LAP, LLC Volunteers AIHA-LAP, LLC is seeking qualified volunteers to fill positions on the Analytical Accreditation Board (AAB) and the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) to serve terms beginning in March 2017.
The AAB is responsible for approving laboratories for accreditation and reaccreditation once site assessments are conducted. AAB members are also responsible for approving policy changes and participating on ad hoc task forces formed to address certain policy matters that may arise. TAP members advise the staff and AAB on technical laboratory matters and review accreditation packages for the major programs: industrial hygiene, environmental lead, environmental microbiology, food, and unique scopes.
Newly appointed volunteers will be required to attend the LLC’s annual training and orientation meeting in the first quarter of 2017.
AAB and TAP applications are available from the AIHA-LAP website. All applications must be submitted by July 30, 2016. For additional information, please contact AIHA-LAP Managing Director Cheryl O. Morton at cmorton@aiha.org or (703) 846-0789.

AIHA Recognizes Publication Award Winners AIHA recognized the recipients of the 2015 Critics’ Choice, Breakout Bestseller, and Bestseller publication awards at AIHce 2016. The Critics’ Choice Award recognizes a publication’s quality of writing, content, presentation, and organization; the usefulness of its content; its originality; and its impact on the field of industrial hygiene. The Breakout Bestseller is awarded to a new publication on AIHA’s Bestseller List that has sold the most copies. The Bestseller publication award refers to the title that is on the top of the AIHA Bestseller List.
Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Legionella in Building Water Systems, which provides guidance on recognition, evaluation, and control of Legionella colonization and amplification in common building water systems, received both the Critics’ Choice and Breakout Bestseller Awards. The Bestseller Award went to A Strategy for Assessing and Managing Occupational Exposures, 4th edition, which provides information to IH professionals on how to allocate resources for assessing and managing occupational exposures to chemical, physical, and biological agents.
Read more on the AIHA website.
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Dates and Deadlines
July 12–13 2nd China-U.S. Occupational Health Symposium in Guangzhou, China. September 19–22 AIHA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course in Columbus, Ohio.
September 20–21 AIHA-RMS/ASSE Fall Technical Conference in Arvada, Colo. October 3–5 AIHA’s Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals course in Columbus, Ohio. Visit for details.
October 24–25 AIHA Fall Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.
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