Awards Received


The Research Institute received numerous awards from prominent organizations around the world. These distinctions recognize our significant contributions to safety and disability research and promote visibility for health and safety concerns.

2015 IEA Human Factors and Ergonomics Prize

​The Research Institute received the inaugural Human Factors and Ergonomics Prize from the International Ergonomics Association. The award is presented to an organization that has made significant contributions to research and development and the application of knowledge in the field of human factors and ergonomics.

2015 NECOEM Harriet Hardy Award

The New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine presented the Harriet Hardy Award lifetime achievement award.  Presently annually, the award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the occupational health field.  Awardees are nationally recognized for their excellence and leadership in clinical practice, research, public health advocacy or teaching in occupational health.

2014 APHA Excellence in Science Award

The Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association presented the Excellence in Science Award.  The award recognizes an individual for outstanding dedication and leadership in the science of injury/violence prevention and control and emergency health services with contributions and achievements that have a significant and long-term impact on the field.

2014 HFES A.R. Lauer Safety Award

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s A.R. Lauer Safety Award recognizes outstanding contributions to human factors and ergonomics in the broad area of safety, including work that has led to reduced accidents and injuries in industry, aviation, surface transportation and consumer products. The award acknowledged four decades of safety research that produced the internationally applied Snook-Ciriello Tables. These tables provide both the male and female population percentages capable of performing manual material-handling tasks without overexertion. The tables are also the basis for the load constant in the NIOSH Lifting Equation Index.

2010 APHA Institutional Public Service Award

​The Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association presents the Institutional Public Service Award in recognition of an organization’s outstanding contributions and leadership. The award acknowledges achievements that have a significant, long-term impact on the field of injury control. The Institute was selected for its body of work in advancing injury control and prevention globally and its legacy of scientific contribution to the field.

2008 CDC NORA Innovative Research Award for Worker Health and Safety

​The U.S. Centers for Disease Control award honors innovative and creative occupational health and safety research in a National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) priority area, and it recognizes the development of, or encourages continued work with, a new approach to prevent or reduce occupational illness and injuries. The Research Institute’s winning scientific study, “Optimizing supervisor response to workplace injury,” developed and tested a successful strategy for strengthening the role of supervisors in reducing workers’ risk for work-related musculoskeletal injuries.

2008 ACOEM Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit

​American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine presented the Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit.  The award recognizes an individual’s significant contributions to the field of occupational and environmental medicine.

2006 CDC NORA Partnering Award for Worker Health and Safety

​The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Partnering Award for Worker Health and Safety to recognize exemplary teamwork, innovative thinking and strong science in the interest of worker health and safety.  A multi-organizational honor, the award distinguishes those organizations participating in NORA-related collaborative research partnerships that result in the development of new equipment, practices, products, procedures or policies that protect worker health and safety and reduce hazardous exposures and/or adverse outcomes.

The Research Institute and its project partners were selected for a joint, multi-study research project on slips, trips and falls. The project was an unprecedented collaboration between private and public sector U.S. hospitals and international health and safety researchers, including BJC Health System, Washington University School of Medicine, the U.S. Veteran’s Health Administration, the American Federation of Government Employees, Johns Hopkins University, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, the CDC-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Research Institute.

2005 FIOH Jorma Rantanen Award

​The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health presented the Jorma Rantanen Award. The annual award recognizes a distinguished occupational health and safety professional or research scientist. The award cited the winner’s outstanding career in the occupational safety and health field and international reputation for professional achievement.

2005 IWH Alf Nachemson Lectureship Award

​The Institute for Work and Health presented the Alf Nachemson Lectureship Award.  The annual award recognizes a prominent individual who has made a significant and unique contribution to work and health related themes, such as the interface between work and health, the role of evidence in decision making or evidence based practice in the prevention of work related injury, illness or disability.

2003 ES William Floyd Award

​The Ergonomics Society presents this annual award in recognition of outstanding contributions to ergonomics. The 2003 winners were selected for their work in conceiving, organizing and leading the Measurement of Slipperiness (MOS) Hopkinton Conference in July 2000. MOS promoted a global perspective on methodological issues in slipperiness measurement by networking some 30 clinicians, engineers, psychologists, physiologists and epidemiologists from premier institutions around the world.

2002 AIHA Alice Hamilton Award

​One of American Industrial Hygiene Association’s highest honors, this annual award recognizes an outstanding woman who has made a definitive, lasting achievement in the field of occupational and environmental hygiene. The award cited the winner’s work in the areas of cost and disability burdens of musculoskeletal disorders and the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain in the workplace.

2002 ES Otto Edholm Award

The Ergonomics Society Otto Edholm Award, presented annually to a registered member or fellow, recognizes significant contributions to basic or applied research in ergonomics. The 2002 winner was selected for this honor based on his work in developing and leading the Research Institute team and for his earlier contributions in industry and academia.

1997 HFES Jack A. Kraft Award

​The Jack A. Kraft Award, presented by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, recognizes outstanding contributions in extending or diversifying the application of human factors principles and methods to new areas of endeavor. This award recognized the Institute’s extensive work in extending psychophysical methods to the development of guidelines for different areas of industrial ergonomics and occupational safety.

1997 IEA President’s Award

​Presented every three years, the International Ergonomics Association President’s Award recognizes outstanding contributions to ergonomics. The award was presented in recognition of the Institute’s international support of ergonomics and the establishment of research and development organization dedicated to ergonomics.

1995 AIHA Edward J. Baier Technological Achievement Award

​The Institute received the American Industrial Hygiene Association Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award for its significant contributions to health and safety research. The AIHA presents the award annually to an individual, company, academic institution, organization or association that has made the most significant contribution to industrial hygiene.

1994 ES President’s Medal

​The Institute received the Ergonomics Society President’s Medal for its significant contributions to original research, the development of methodology and the application of knowledge within the field of ergonomics. Presented only upon outstanding application, the President’s Medal is not an annual award.

1993 IIE Ergonomics Division Award

​The Research Institute received the Institute of Industrial Engineers Ergonomics Division Award for outstanding contributions to the enhancement of ergonomics.