“These awards recognize some of the exceptional contributions made by our volunteers during this most difficult year. We wish we could recognize all of those who contributed to the success of AIHA this year, but it would be a long list", said Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, and AIHA President. "Rest assured the AIHA leadership is deeply appreciative of all the great work done by our dedicated and hard-working volunteers.”

Edward J. Baier Technical Achieve​ment Award

The Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award recognizes individuals or group of individuals, company, academic institution, organization, or association that has made the significant contributions to industrial hygiene in recent years through technical expertise, technological innovations, research and scientific advancements in the field of industrial hygiene, and interaction with or influence on other scientific disciplines. Awardee(s) do not have to be an AIHA member.

Perry W. Logan, PhD, CIH
Nominated by Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA.

Without a doubt, Perry Logan has been one of the top technical contributors to the profession. He obtained his PhD in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene at the University of Minnesota in 2010. While he has made many impressive technical contributions to AIHA and the profession, including in the academic study and application of leadership to industrial hygiene roles (something that he has successfully practiced himself as the Global Director of Environment, Health, Safety, and Management at 3M Corporation), his most important technical contributions are in the critical arena of professional judgment by industrial hygienists. This topic is a fundamental and yet often misunderstood or misinterpreted aspect of the practice of industrial hygiene.

During his doctoral research, Perry took on the critical analysis and research needed to better scientifically characterize and statistically improve the process of industrial hygiene professional judgment, something most of us in the profession use in some way nearly every day. Through this research, he helped to highlight the critical parameters surrounding the appropriate application of qualitative professional judgment. He also demonstrated the limitations to professional judgment and identified what information was necessary to make accurate professional judgments.

A key tool in the appropriate use of professional judgment has also been the use of Bayesian Data Analysis, and Perry has been an important promoter of this critical tool for industrial hygiene decision making.

He has written book chapters and served as a presenter in many training courses and seminars on this important tool. Some of Perry’s key publications and contributions on this topic include the “Desktop study of occupational exposure judgments: Does education and experience influence accuracy?” in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, “Occupational Exposure Decisions: Can Limited Data Interpretation Training Help Improve Accuracy?”, published in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene, and “Rating Exposure Control using Bayesian Decision Analysis”, published in the Journal of Occupational and Industrial Hygiene.

Distinguished Service t​o AIHA Award

The Distinguished Service to AIHA Award recognizes distinguished service in the advancement of industrial hygiene and unique technical contributions to the aims and goals of AIHA national. The awardee must be an AIHA National member.


Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, COH, FAIHA, AIC Fellow
Nominated by S. Zack Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP, FAIHA and Lynn O’Donnell, CIH, FAIHA

As Founder & President of The Environmental Quality Organization (EQO) LLC, Chris Laszcz-Davis has over thirty-five (35) years of executive management, professional, operational, technical, and consulting experience in occupational safety & health, environmental affairs, operational integrity, risk management, product stewardship/product quality, strategic planning, auditing, and corporate acquisitions/divestitures in industry and government.

Chris is a Fellow of both the national American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and American Institute of Chemists (AIC), a recipient of the national AIHA Kusnetz Award, the national AIHA Alice Hamilton Award, the AIHA-Yuma Pacific Southwest Section Clayton Award, and the AIHA-Northern California Section Dr. Christine Einert Award. As Past President of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene (AIH), Chris was instrumental in having the profession sponsor its first major Fall Conference on Risk Assessment in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada back in the early 1990s.

Service to the global professional community has earmarked Chris’s career. Over the years, she has served as a Director, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH); Trustee, American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF); Appointee to both the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); U.S. Department of Commerce appointed member, Board of Examiners, Malcolm National Quality Award; President, AIHA’s Northern California and Yuma Pacific Southwest Local Sections; President, California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC), a consortium of California’s local sections; Board Member, NIOSH’s Federal Board of Scientific Counsellors (BSC), one of 15 nationally appointed scientists; and appointee to ASSP’s strategic Council on Professional Affairs (COPA).

Donald E. Cum​mings Memorial Award

The Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of the profession of industrial hygiene, demonstrated the practical application of industrial hygiene knowledge to protect worker health, an acknowledgment of these contributions outside of the field of industrial hygiene.

Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Nominated by Celia A. Booth, CIH, CSP on behalf of the AIHA Leadership and Management Committee.

Drawing on his three-year tenure as the Chief Ethics Officer for ITT, Alan also serves as the Chair of the Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee, a group that advises ACGIH, AIHA, and BGC. In this position, he has authored a series of Synergist articles on ethics case studies to stimulate thought and conversation about ethics in our profession.

Alan’s earlier contributions to the profession include leading the development of the first edition of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z10 – “Safety and Health Management System Standard” from 2001 to 2005. He has written or co-authored the Management, Ethics, and Emergency Response chapters for the 2021 update to Patty’s Industrial Hygiene and the AIHA “White Book.” Alan also served as the editor for the first AIHA auditing manual Industrial Hygiene Auditing: A Manual for Practice (2007).

A Director of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) since 2016, Alan was a member of a team that published a new module on Health and Safety Awareness (2020). Alan’s participation in OHTA ensures that safety training curricula and materials are shared around the world to workers and employers who might not otherwise have access to this support. OHTA was formed to promote better standards of occupational hygiene practice throughout the world. The mainly volunteer-driven organization develops training materials and makes them freely available for use by students and training providers. It also promotes an international qualifications framework so that all hygienists are consistently trained to a high standard, recognized in all participating countries.

Alan’s contributions to the knowledge and practice of the profession of industrial hygiene, his demonstrated practical application of industrial hygiene knowledge to protect worker health, and the acknowledgment of these contributions outside the field of industrial hygiene are an inspiration and challenge us to continue to improve to our profession.

Kusnetz Award​​

The Kusnetz Award recognizes industrial hygienists who exhibit high ethical standards and technical abilities, have provided for the highest standards of health and safety protection for employees for whom they are responsible, and show promise of leadership in the industrial hygiene profession. Mrs. Florence Kusnetz sponsors this award.

Jennifer Lynn Holliday, CIH
Nominated by Crystal C. Brown, CIH, CSP

Jennifer Holliday is an exemplary young Industrial hygienist and advocate. Still under the age of 40, she has been a member of AIHA since 2016, has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health, has earned the title Certified Industrial Hygienist, and is currently preparing and striving to earn the title of Certified Safety Professional. She has served AIHA in several positions including as a student section member in 2013 and 2014, and Local Prairie Section President twice: once in 2017 and also in 2019 to present, among additional Local Prairie Section board member positions. She has also been the chair of the Leadership and Advocacy sub-committee for the Women in Industrial Hygiene since 2018, working on the WIH Leadership Scholarship and the 2021 AIHce WIH summit. Additionally, she has written several articles for publications like The Synergist and BOHS Exposure Magazine and was selected to attend the Future Leaders Institute in 2018.

Alice Hami​lton​​ Award

The Alice Hamilton Award recognizes the outstanding women who have made definitive, lasting achievements in the field of occupational and environmental hygiene through public and community service, social reform, technological innovation, or advancements in the scientific approach to the recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace hazards.

Lydia Renton, B.Sc., CIH, ROH, FAIHA
Nominated by Steven Thygerson, PhD, CIH

With over 40 years of OHS work in Canada and throughout the world, Lydia Renton sets the bar very high for exceptional work in this noble profession. A native of Canada, Lydia has traveled the world as an OHS volunteer to offer expert services and training to build OHS capacity in developing countries. As an AIHA Fellow, she has passionately dedicated any spare time she has to serve on various AIHA and other organization's committees and working groups. She is well-deserving of the Alice Hamilton Award as an outstanding example of one committed woman making a difference.

Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award

The Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award recognizes individuals who have made substantial, evidence-based solutions and contributions in identifying the diverse needs of the industrial hygiene profession, thereby creating a major impact on and improving public welfare.

S. Zack Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP, FAIHA
Nominated by Celia A. Booth, CIH, CSP on behalf of the AIHA Leadership and Management Committee.

During his distinguished career, Zack has consistently made substantial, evidence-based solutions and contributions in recognizing the diverse needs of the industrial hygiene profession, thereby making a major impact on, and the improvement of, public welfare. His continuing contributions to our profession are an inspiration and will guide us into our future.

His contributions to the topic of sustainability include the authoring of the new chapter in Patty’s Industrial Hygiene, “Sustainability and the Role of the Safety and Health Professional” (2021), and the Center for Health Sustainability’s “CSHS Best Practice Guide for Occupational Health and Safety in Sustainability Reports” (2016).

Drawing on his extensive career experience, Zack’s served as the Editor and as a contributing author of the Handbook of Occupational Safety and Health, 3rd Edition, Wiley (2019). This book was the culmination of over seven years of effort working with the authors, many of whom are pioneers in their fields, and the update has been described as “an ideal, go-to resource for those who need to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control conditions that can cause injury or illness to employees in the workplace.”

Zack is a current Director in the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA). He led the team that published a new module on Health and Safety Awareness (2020). OHTA was formed to promote better standards of occupational hygiene practice throughout the world. The mainly volunteer-driven organization develops training materials and makes them freely available for use by students and training providers. It also promotes an international qualifications framework so that all hygienists are trained consistently to a high standard, recognized in all participating countries.

A former Managing Principal Consultant with BSI EHS Services and Solutions (formerly EORM), Zack led a wide variety of safety, health, and environmental projects ranging from process safety hazard analysis to evaluation to plume dispersion risk assessments for accident releases. His work included frequent travel to Asia for assessments. Prior to BSI, Zack was Senior Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, for L’Oréal Worldwide. In this role, he had overall responsibility for safety, occupational health, and the environment for 42 worldwide manufacturing sites, over 70 distribution sites, and over 100 administrative centers around the world. L’Oréal has annual sales of approximately 25 billion dollars with more than 65,000 employees worldwide. Zack worked and lived in Paris, France. Prior to this work, he has held several other senior-level positions in the US Army (retired Lt. Col.), Goodyear, Midwest Research Institute, Clayton Environmental Consultants, Liberty International Risk Services, and Arthur D. Little Company. Zack spent almost 15 years as head of Mansdorf & Associates which was sold to Clayton Environmental Consultants in 1994.

Zack has a PhD, in Environmental Engineering from the University of Kansas, School of Engineering, with Masters’ degrees in EHS and Safety from the University of Michigan and Central Missouri State. He has certifications (by examination) in all three areas as well (QEP, CSP, and CIH). He is a Past President of both the Academy of Industrial Hygiene and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) as well as a past Board member of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Social Responsibility Award

The Social Responsibility Award recognizes individuals, entities, or groups who work inside organizations to develop and promote practical solutions to social responsibility issues related to industrial hygiene or environmental health and safety issues. Apex Companies, LLC sponsors this award.

Allan K. Fleeger, CIH, CSP, FAIHA and team lead; Hamid Arabzadeh, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA; David Beatty, MPH, CSP, CCEP; Corey Boles, PhD; Elizabeth Bussman, CIH; Mark Drozdov, MS, SSM, FSM, BSI, RSO, CAI, CMA, GPRO; Carter Ficklen, CIH, CSP; Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Shannon Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH; Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, FAIHA; John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA; Dana Hollins, MPH, CIH; Catherine Hovde, CIH, CSP; Neva Jacobs, MSPH, CIH; Perry Logan, PhD, CIH; Heather Lynch, MPH; Eric Miller, MPH, CIH; Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH; Melanie D. Nembhard MSPH, CIH; Justine Parker, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPH; Jennifer S. Pierce, MS, PhD; Aaron Schoemaker, CSP; Jack Springston, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Ken Unice, MS; Rachel Zisook MS, CIH; Matt Zock, CIH
Nominated by Celia Booth, CIH, CSP

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic brought global shutdowns of businesses starting in March 2020. Anticipating the need to reopen American businesses and non-profit organizations safely for employees and customers alike, the ad hoc task force members developed practical solutions for businesses in the United States and several Latin American countries to assist the economies of these countries to return to work with confidence that following these reopening guidelines would provide a healthy environment for employees, customers and other stakeholders of the operations described. More importantly, these guidelines assisted in the emotional recovery for these operations to societies that were traumatized by the uncertainly of infection and developing information on the spread and consequences of contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The AIHA-sponsored BacktoWorkSafely.org website opened on May 1, 2020, with the first eight guidelines, which were made available to the public. Within a month of the website’s inception, another ten guidelines were added. By July, the team had prepared 27 guidelines for small business, public (schools and libraries), and non-profit (places of worship) entities and ten posters, many of which were translated into Spanish, to help with sound occupational health and safety advice for those workplaces. Many of these guidelines were available within months of the initial lockdowns to assist business owners with the challenge of getting their employees, customers, and other stakeholders back to work promptly once lockdowns were loosened. Within the first seven months of the website being open to the public, the guidelines were downloaded nearly 1.2 million times in both English and Spanish. Over 30 OEHS professionals contributed to the writing, reviewing, publishing, and translating into Spanish of these critical economic recovery documents.

BacktoWorkSafely.org earned the attention of OSHA as a resource for recovery and is listed on the OSHA website as a resource for reopening.

Yant​ Award

The Yant Award recognizes outstanding contributions in industrial hygiene or allied fields through academic research, teaching, professional practice, solving major Industrial Hygiene issues, and service to professional societies and/or international stature. The award recipient must reside outside the United States.

Sean Mahar, PhD, CIH, CSP, PE
Nominated by J. Slavin, CIH, CSP, CSHM, CPEA, FAIHA

Dr. Sean Mahar solves industrial hygiene problems by providing services such as workplace evaluations for ergonomic, chemical, noise, and vibration hazards, training, and indoor air quality investigations. He has taught occupational health and environmental management at the University of Wolverhampton and environmental health and industrial hygiene at Ohio University. He has resided in the UK for more than 20 years and prior to that, he served as an industrial hygiene officer in the US Navy for 9 years, managing and performing environmental and occupational health program elements in international settings. He holds an LLB with honors (British Law Degree) from the University of Wolverhampton, a PhD in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine from the University of Iowa an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Sacred Heart University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). He is also a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) and a Chartered Member of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (CMFOH). His research has been included in both US and international publications.

President's A​​ward

This award is presented annually at the Mark of Excellence Breakfast to an individual, task force, special interest group, or local section for outstanding contributions to efforts to achieve the mission of AIHA during the presidency year.

Allan K. Fleeger, CIH, CSP, FAIHA and team lead; Hamid Arabzadeh, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA; David Beatty, MPH, CSP, CCEP; Corey Boles, PhD; Elizabeth Bussman, CIH; Mark Drozdov, MS, SSM, FSM, BSI, RSO, CAI, CMA, GPRO; Carter Ficklen, CIH, CSP; Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Shannon Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH; Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, FAIHA; John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA; Dana Hollins, MPH, CIH; Catherine Hovde, CIH, CSP; Neva Jacobs, MSPH, CIH; Perry Logan, PhD, CIH; Heather Lynch, MPH; Eric Miller, MPH, CIH; Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH; Melanie D. Nembhard MSPH, CIH; Justine Parker, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPH; Jennifer S. Pierce, MS, PhD; Aaron Schoemaker, CSP; Jack Springston, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Ken Unice, MS; Rachel Zisook MS, CIH; Matt Zock, CIH
Nominated by Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic brought global shutdowns of businesses starting in March 2020. Anticipating the need to reopen American businesses and non-profit organizations safely for employees and customers alike, the ad hoc task force members developed practical solutions for businesses in the United States and several Latin American countries to assist the economies of these countries to return to work with confidence that following these reopening guidelines would provide a healthy environment for employees, customers and other stakeholders of the operations described. More importantly, these guidelines assisted in the emotional recovery for these operations to societies that were traumatized by the uncertainly of infection and developing information on the spread and consequences of contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The AIHA-sponsored BacktoWorkSafely.org website opened on May 1, 2020, with the first eight guidelines, which were made available to the public. Within a month of the website’s inception, another ten guidelines were added. By July, the team had prepared 27 guidelines for small business, public (schools and libraries), and non-profit (places of worship) entities and ten posters, many of which were translated into Spanish, to help with sound occupational health and safety advice for those workplaces. Many of these guidelines were available within months of the initial lockdowns to assist business owners with the challenge of getting their employees, customers, and other stakeholders back to work promptly once lockdowns were loosened. Within the first seven months of the website being open to the public, the guidelines were downloaded nearly 1.2 million times in both English and Spanish. Over 30 OEHS professionals contributed to the writing, reviewing, publishing, and translating into Spanish of these critical economic recovery documents.

BacktoWorkSafely.org earned the attention of OSHA as a resource for recovery and is listed on the OSHA website as a resource for reopening.

This award is presented annually at the Mark of Excellence Breakfast to an individual, task force, special interest group, or local section for outstanding contributions to efforts to achieve the mission of AIHA during the presidency year.