The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced the 2018 induction of Robert (Bob) M. Thompson into the Asphalt Pavement Hall of Fame for helping to form NAPA’s Engineering Controls Task Force, which ushered in a new era of cooperation between industry, labor and government.
The Asphalt Partnership that resulted has been studied as a model for how multi-stakeholder research-to-practice partnerships can work. It led to the development of paver controls to reduce worker exposure to asphalt fumes and resulted in engineering controls for milling machines to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration silica regulators when milling asphalt pavements.
“The Asphalt Pavement Hall of Fame is pleased to recognize Bob Thompson for his outstanding leadership for the asphalt industry,” said Dan Gallagher, 2017 Chairman of the NAPA Board of Directors, in a press release. “Through Bob’s efforts, a framework for greater cooperation and trust among industry, labor, and government was developed, fostering successful partnering to improve worker safety.”