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Vol. 10, No. 7

2006 Professional Paper Award Winners

George D. “Don” Tolbert, CSP

First-place recipient, George D. “Don” Tolbert, CSP, is technical director, national market loss prevention, Liberty Mutual, Atlanta, GA. His article, “Residual Risk Reduction: Systematically Deciding What Is Safe” appeared in the November 2005 issue. It describes a risk assessment technique used to subjectively examine the situation in which risk exists and objectively examine the extent of risk for specific harmful events, demonstrate risk reduction from interventions and provide a leading measure of safety effectiveness. Tolbert holds a B.S. from the University of Georgia. He is a professional member of ASSE’s Georgia Chapter, and has served on ANSI and other national safety and health advisory committees.

Thomas P. Rancour, CSP, CIH

Second-place recipient, Thomas P. Rancour, CSP, CIH, is president, Rancour & Associates LLC, in Northville, MI. He wrote, “SH&E Management Systems & Business Integration: The Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework,” published in the October 2005 issue. The Malcolm Baldrige framework can be a useful business integration assessment tool for SH&E professionals. By critically reviewing SH&E processes across the Baldrige organization profile and categories, SH&E professionals can begin to recognize overall gaps in SH&E integration and identify those SH&E processes most critical to overall business success. Rancour holds an M.P.H. in Environmental and Industrial Health from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. and B.S. in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and University of Michigan, respectively. Rancour is a member of ASSE’s Greater Detroit Chapter and belongs to the Society’s Management Practice Specialty.

Donald J. Garvey, CSP, CIH

Third-place recipient, Donald J. Garvey, CSP, CIH, is a construction industrial hygienist in the Risk Control Division at St. Paul Travelers, St. Paul, MN. His article, from the August 2005 issue, “Exposure to Biohazards: An Emerging Concern for Construction Workers in Sewer Lines & Wastewater Treatment Plants,” describes u rban expansion, aging infrastructure and environmental awareness have greatly increased the need for construction work in existing sewer and wastewater treatment plants. Garvey is a past chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Assn. (AIHA) Construction Committee and an AIHA Fellow. A professional member of ASSE’s Northwest Chapter, he has a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in environmental health from the University of Washington, Seattle.