Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Awards Remember Rall

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Awards Remember Rall

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Two new awards pay tribute to David P. Rall, the former NIEHS and National Toxicology Program director, who died in September 1999. Rall was a pioneer in the field of environmental health science, and is widely hailed for his work as an advocate for incorporating science-based prevention into public health policy.

In November, Eula Bingham, a professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, received the David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health from the American Public Health Association. Bingham worked as assistant secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from 1977 to 1981. The award recognizes Bingham for her outstanding record of accomplishments in fighting to protect workers, consumers, and citizens from the danger of environmental and industrial disease. She was instrumental in the passage of the first community right-to-know program, in Cincinnati, which allowed workers access to their company medical records and records of toxicants in the workplace, and also called for chemical labels and worker education programs to help employees understand the labels.

"[Bingham's] scientific and ethical standards have always been of the highest order, and her dedication to and outspokenness on occupational health issues during her long career . …

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