AIHA Awards and Honors

Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award

This award is presented to an individual, group of individuals, company, academic institution, organization, or association that has made the most significant contribution to industrial hygiene in recent years through technical expertise (in any area of industrial hygiene) as evidenced through publications, journal articles, book chapters, etc.; technological innovations; research and scientific advancements in the field of industrial hygiene; and interaction with or influence on other scientific disciplines. 

This award is sponsored by Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.


Distinguished Service Awards​

This award recognizes unique contributions in the advancement of industrial hygiene through distinguished service to the aims and goals of the American Industrial Hygiene Association through unique contributions to the advancement of industrial hygiene; proven leadership in the profession; influence on public policy or social reform resulting in improved worker health; and public and community service related to industrial hygiene.​


Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award

Established as a tribute to Donald E. Cummings, AIHA’s third president, the recipient presents the Cummings Memorial Lecture at AIHce. The basis for selection includes outstanding lifetime contributions to the knowledge and practice of the profession of industrial hygiene; demonstrated practical application of industrial hygiene knowledge to protect worker health; and acknowledgment of these contributions outside of the field of industrial hygiene (e.g. EHS, Occupational Health, Public Health, business, etc.).


Kusnetz Award

Sponsored by AIHA Past President Howard L. Kusnetz and Florence Kusnetz, this award honors an industrial hygienist certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) who has not reached his or her fortieth birthday by May 1 of the year in which the award is presented; is currently employed in the private sector and has been so for a majority of his or her professional career; exhibits high ethical standards and technical abilities; has provided for the highest standards of health and safety protection for employees for whom he or she is responsible; and shows promise of leadership in the industrial hygiene profession.


Alice Hamilton Award

Presented to an outstanding woman who has made a definitive, lasting achievement in the field of occupational and environmental hygiene through public and community service; social reform; technological innovation; advancements in the scientific approach to the recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace hazards; and engaged in occupational hygiene or a related discipline a minimum of 10 years; and recognized by her peers to be competent in her chosen field, dedicated to scientific truth, and committed to positive change for worker health.


Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award

This award is presented to an individual who has recognized the needs of the industrial hygiene profession and has made major contributions to fulfill those needs, thereby contributing to the improvement of the public welfare. The recipient presents the Smyth Award lecture at AIHce.


Social Responsibility Award

This award is presented to an individual, entity, group or organization who works inside organizations to develop and promote practical solutions to social responsibility issues related to industrial hygiene or environmental health and safety issues.

This award is sponsored by Bureau Veritas North America, Inc. ​


Yant​ Award

Sponsored by the Mine Safety Appliances Company, this award is presented for outstanding contributions in industrial hygiene or allied fields to an individual residing outside the United States.  These contributions can include academic research, teaching, professional practice, solving major industrial hygiene issues, and service to professional societies and/or international stature.

This award is sponsored by the Mine Safety Appliances Co.


​Fellows of AIHA

The Fellow designation was established to recognize members who are full members in good standing, have 15 years of continuous membership, and have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines, either through research, leadership, publications, education, or service to AIHA. The Fellow designation is limited to no more than five percent of the membership.

Each local section, committee, special interest group, and other formal AIHA entity may nominate, each year, one individual for the AIHA Fellow Award. At-large nominations will also be accepted, with the exception that individuals may not self-nominate.  

Honorary Member

The AIHA Board of Directors may elect an individual who is not an ​ industrial hygienist, but is ​particularly distinguished in a closely related scientific field and/or have made significant contributions to the IH or OEHS profession. ​


Presiden​t's Award

Independently selected by the current AIHA President to recognize an individual or group of individuals that s/he feels has demonstrated exemplary service in some capacity. 


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