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UT Tyler Associate Professor Elected as ABIH Chair
Dr. J. Torey Nalbone, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been elected chair of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Dr. James Nelson, College of Engineering and Computer Science dean, announced.
ABIH is the certifying organization for certified industrial hygienists.
“Fortunately, the occupational safety, health and environmental professions play a vital role in our society by protecting workers and the public from the numerous hazards they encounter in their everyday lives,” Nalbone said. “This need provides great opportunities to continue encouraging the professional and ethical practice of industrial hygiene and move our history of certification success into the global spotlight. I look forward to the challenges of enhancing the value and recognition of industrial hygiene and the CIH credential.”
He holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering from Texas A&M University and has been a practicing industrial hygienist for more than 25 years.
He has served on the board since March 2008. In his term as chair, Nalbone will lead a roster of ABIH directors that includes a new public member, three new CIH directors and six returning CIH directors. The new board will be officially installed at the conclusion of the February 2010 board meeting.
Nalbone previously served as secretary/treasurer on the Academy of Industrial Hygiene and has been active on technical committees of the American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
ABIH administers the CIH and the certified associate industrial hygienist programs. Earning the CIH requires that candidates meet rigorous education and experience requirements, pass an examination and recertify every five years by fulfilling continuing education requirements. More than 6,500 industrial hygienists currently hold the CIH or CAIH designations.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.