September 21, 2023

OSH professor receives Golden Seed Award for inspiring young professionals

“The field of occupational health has been very good to me and teaching is a way that I can give something back,” said William Bullock, a CSU occupational safety and health adjunct professor, who recently was awarded the Golden Seed Award by the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Students and Early Career Professionals Committee.

According to the AIHA, the award is given to those in OSH who have made significant contributions to industrial hygiene, above and beyond their typical job responsibilities. This can include contributions in the area of student development, mentoring, or early career guidance. Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the profession of industrial hygiene, advancing the profession among students and early career professionals, and/or providing guidance and mentorship to students or early career professionals.

The nomination of Bullock included praise for his impact on early career professionals as he has demonstrated a “forthcoming,” “selfless,” “thoughtful,” and “supportive” nature. He was also applauded for his passion for industrial hygiene and promotion of the field.

Bullock, who has been a member of AIHA for 26 years, expressed his appreciation about winning the award. “I am deeply honored by receiving this prestigious award. To be recognized by the young professionals at AIHA for the work I have done, and the mentoring I have provided over the years is very rewarding.”

Bullock has taught at CSU for five years and currently teaches:
• Advanced Industrial Hygiene (MOS 6301)
• Industrial Hygiene (BOS 4301)
• ISO 14000 Management Systems (MOS 5525)
• System Safety Engineering (MOS 6625)

He said he truly enjoys teaching OSH and interacting and preparing students for a “graying” career field.
“I love helping people, teaching them how to be safe in their job, and investigating workplaces and processes to identify and control hazards,” he explained. “The number of professionals entering retirement is much greater than the number of young professionals entering the OSH field. I feel that it is critical to share my knowledge and practical ‘real-world’ experiences with students so that we can ensure that we have well qualified and trained OSH professionals available to protect workers everywhere!”

Bullocks holds a doctorate in health science from Nova Southeastern University, a master’s degree in public health in industrial hygiene from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree in physical geography/geology from the University of South Alabama. He has been the director of Industrial Hygiene for CSX Transportation since 2007.

Photo: William Bullock receives the Golden Seed Award from the AIHA President Alan Fleeger.