Named for AIHA Past President Howard Kusnetz and his wife, Florence, the Kusnetz Award honors an industrial hygienist certified by ABIH who is under forty years old, exhibits high ethical standards and technical abilities, and shows promise of leadership in the profession. View the complete list of Kusnetz awardees on the AIHA website.
The recipient of the 2015 Kusnetz award is Christine A. Hoehn, CIH, of Centuria, Wisconsin. Hoehn is an industrial hygienist with Praxair, Inc., and past chair of the AIHA Students and Early Career Professionals Committee. What significance does receiving this award hold for you? It shows that if you work hard, put positive effort into everything you do, and focus on what you can influence, you won't go unrecognized.
What advice would you give to a young professional in the field of IH/OH? Show up, show up on time, show up prepared. Challenge yourself to do things well at all times. Learn how to lead people to come with you. Know when to volunteer, and when to limit volunteering roles when your personal life could be affected. Take calculated risks. How would you describe the AIHA Future Leaders Institute and its role in the industrial hygiene profession? The content and learning structure of FLI took me from an early-career-professional level of thinking to a more mature professional level with a new tight-knit network of IH friends who are only a phone call/social media post away for advice. It was truly a turning point in my professional career.
What is the importance of mentoring in the industrial hygiene field? I have always had mentors, and I would not be the professional I am today if I didn't have those people to thank. The amount of insight you receive after having a conversation with a mentor is invaluable. The importance of having someone outside of your company to speak with will help you discern project questions, road blocks, and possible career choices. Those inside your company may not have the same views because of internal politics.
Mark of Excellence
Editor’s note: The Mark of Excellence is a monthly feature, special to the digital Synergist, that honors the recipients of the 2015 AIHA and ACGIH awards. Two individuals will be featured each month.
Christine A. Hoehn, CIH