ISEA presented the award at its 2022 Annual Meeting

(Arlington, VA – November 15, 2022) The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) bestowed its Robert G. Hurley Distinguished Service Award on Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The award was presented at ISEA’s awards dinner on Monday, November 14, 2022, as part of the ISEA Annual Meeting at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City, in Arlington, Virginia.

“We present the Robert G. Hurley Distinguished Service Award annually to a person who, through a specific action or through a focused career, has made a significant impact in the safety and health field,” said Cam Mackey, ISEA president and CEO. “This year, ISEA is not only recognizing Dr. Fauci’s decades-long public service that began in 1984, but also his dedication to informing the public about ways to keep safe from disease and other public health risks.”

ISEA applauded Dr. Fauci’s sage advice throughout the Covid pandemic to wear facemasks and respirators to help prevent spread, particularly for America’s frontline healthcare workers. He has noted wearing masks likely saved hundreds of thousands of lives. 

In addition, Dr. Fauci called for use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by those treating Ebola patients, correctly calling for heat-to-toe protective gear when few others did. He also countered the notion that any American hospital should be able to care for an Ebola patient.

“I have always been an advocate for proper PPE,” said Dr. Fauci in his acceptance speech during ISEA’s awards dinner. He recalled his early career experiences caring for HIV and Ebola patients, when he wore “the absolute necessity of full PPE.”

“I very much appreciate the honor of this award,” Fauci added. “The safety equipment industry deserves high praise for your work during the COVID-19 pandemic. We need you working and innovating in lockstep with the public health community as we confront the continual challenge of future immerging and reemerging infectious diseases. Please keep up your great work.”


About ISEA
Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is the trade association in the U.S. for personal protective equipment and technologies. Its member companies are world leaders in the design, manufacture, testing and distribution of protective clothing and equipment used in factories, construction sites, hospitals and clinics, farms, schools, laboratories, emergency response and in the home. Since 1933, ISEA has set the standard for the personal protective equipment industry, supporting member companies united in the goal of protecting the health and safety of people worldwide