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Saturday, May 25, 2002

Brush-Wellman researchers honored

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 Hygiene.

The paper summarizes a study by Brush Wellman and NIOSH to identify an appropriate measure of assessing potential risk of work-related CBD