Jim Thornton Receives Prestigious Career Award From AIHA

James R. Thornton, CSP, CIH, a professional member of ASSE’s Greater Tidewater Chapter and chair of the Society’s Government Affairs Committee, is the 2012 recipient of the Henry F. Smyth Jr. Award from AIHA. The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the industrial hygiene profession.

“The Smyth Award is reserved for a special individual who has made significant contributions to the practice of industrial hygiene that have enhanced the health and safety of workers,” says Perry Logan, Ph.D., CIH, president of the Academy of Industrial Hygiene. “Over his distinguished career, [Jim] has been a coach and mentor to many health and safety professionals. He continues to be a dedicated advocate to strengthening the professional practice through his strong commitments to the academy.” The academy created the award in 1981 to honor individuals who have recognized the needs of the IH profession and made major contributions contributing to the improvement of the public’s welfare.

Thornton is director of environmental, health and safety for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. He received the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award from ASSE in 2011. He has served as AIHA’s president and as a director of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, and has received AIHA’s Distinguished Service Award.