American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has honored Harry Beaulieu, Ph.D., CSP, CIH, with the Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of the industrial hygiene profession, demonstrated practical application of industrial hygiene knowledge to protect worker health, and acknowledgment of these contributions outside of the field.
“OSH is all about prevention of illness and injury,” says Beaulieu. He recounts his experience interacting with a pathologist in a funeral home in Minnesota where he grew up. “As I observed an autopsy,” Beaulieu recalls, “he taught basic anatomy and pathology to me, showing me classic disorders such as silicosis, lung cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.”
Beaulieu says he knew people in that small town who were exposed to many different hazards, from smoking to silica dust.
“When we parted for the last time,” Beaulieu says, “he asked if I understood the tragedy and the beauty of what I had learned. I replied that I clearly understood the tragedy but that I did not understand the beauty. He smiled and said, ‘These terrible maladies are all completely preventable.’
”Beaulieu is president of Industrial Hygiene Resources, a comprehensive OSH consulting firm that focuses on industrial hygiene. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene) from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and an M.S. in Environmental Health from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Beaulieu is a professional member of our Snake River Chapter as well as a member of the Society’s Consultants and Industrial Hygiene practice specialties.