ELMORE -- Two Brush Wellman researchers
received top national honors from the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health recently.
Michael Kent and Mike Berakis, along with a colleague from the
NIOSH, won the coveted 2002 Alice Hamilton Award for excellence in
the Engineering and Physical Sciences category.
Kent is the director of environmental, health and safety at Brush
Wellman's Elmore plant, while Berakis is a staff industrial
hygienist at the same facility.
The award is presented each year on the basis of rigorous reviews
by panels of scientific experts. It is named for Dr. Alice Hamilton,
a pioneering researcher and occupational physician.
"We congratulate Mike Kent and Mike Berakis for winning this
prestigious award. Our company's goal is to eliminate Chronic
Beryllium Disease from the workplace forever, and we are proud to
have some of the top minds in industrial health working to help us
meet that goal,'' said Art Pepper, Elmore site leader.
The paper, titled, "Ultrafine Beryllium Number Concentration as a
Possible Metric for Chronic Beryllium Disease Risk'' was published
in the May 2001 edition of Applied Occupational and Environmental
The paper summarizes a study by Brush Wellman and NIOSH to
identify an appropriate measure of assessing potential risk of