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The Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division of the National Safety Council has named Randall E. Beaty the recipient of the 2019 Borkenstein Award.
Mr. Beaty is the deputy scientific director of the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory System Breath Alcohol Laboratory. His career in safety began when he was assigned to the Houston DPS Crime Laboratory, where he provided forensic and technical support for law enforcement efforts to combat the drinking driver. He has served as a consultant in workplace drug and alcohol testing, from nuclear-fueled electricity-generating plants to safety-sensitive employers in the transportation industry, as well as in forensic alcohol testing for government agencies on the local, state and national level. He has testified in hundreds of trials regarding testing protocols, instrumentation design and function, and the physiology and pharmacology of ethanol in humans. He is a faculty member of the prestigious Robert F. Borkenstein Course on Alcohol and Highway Safety: Testing, Research and Litigation, and a visiting instructor at Indiana University’s Center for Law in Action.
In addition to journal articles on breath alcohol sampling and laboratory analysis, he authored a topic-driven chapter on the application of ISO standards in the forensic laboratory in the 6th Edition of Garriott’s Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol and has given numerous presentations on alcohol and highway safety topics. Three Virginia governors have appointed him to the Commonwealth’s Department of Forensic Sciences Scientific Advisory Committee.
He was a two-term president of the International Association for Chemical Testing and was appointed to its board of directors by five successive presidents. He also served on the Alcohol Testing Alliance Board of Directors and was a member of the ASCLD/LAB-International Breath Alcohol Calibration Laboratory Program Development Committee. He was the first full-term chair of the NSC Alcohol Drugs and Impairment Division and was nominated to two terms on the NSC Delegate Assembly.
Mr. Beaty will be presented the 2019 Robert F. Borkenstein Award in conjunction with the NSC-ADID meeting in February 2019 in Baltimore.
The award, named for Breathalyzer® inventor Robert F. Borkenstein, recognizes individuals who, through a lifetime of service, have made outstanding contributions to the field of alcohol- and drug-related traffic safety. Honorees are selected by professionals involved in the Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division, which is managed by the National Safety Council.
The NSC Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division tackles substance abuse and prescription drug issues and makes recommendations to combat the impaired driving problem through legislation, education and other countermeasures. The Division also offers opportunities for safety-focused networking with others in the field.
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