Young Hygienist Snapshot: Carmen Smith

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The lucky first in the series of the Young Hygienist Snapshot is Carmen Smith! Carmen is one of those people who can do it all. She is an exercise physiologist, she has completed a MSc research degree under a OHS Scholarship, and because she knows how awesome being a hygienist is, she is currently completing her MSc at the UOW in Occupational Hygiene Practice. Did I mention she also scooped up an Award at the recent AIOH Conference? Perfect start to kick off the series I say….so here is 5 mins with Carmen:

Best location I have worked:  I would have to say presenting research at the International Society for Respiratory Protection in Boston 2012.  I am going to call it work (but I had the time of my life!) I stayed at the Boston Park Plaza (home of the Red Socks), watched some baseball and visited the JFK museum!

The best thing about my job is: That every day is different.  My colleague likes to compare it to CSI in the workplace.

Career Highlight: Completing a Masters in Research (Carbon dioxide rebreathing in respiratory protective devices: influence of speech and work rate in full-face mask).  It provided the opportunity to work with some real rock stars in Occupational Hygiene (Jane Whitelaw, Brian Davies and John Henderson).

If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to…..people thinking your a dental hygienist.  I have no skills here whatsoever.

People normally think my job involves…something to do with Health….but not teeth…

The best thing I’ve been asked to do was…start a Masters degree in Occupational Hygiene Practice at the University of Wollongong.

The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was….Bitrex qualitative fit test [Bitter tasting chemical used when fit testing respirators]. That is all.

Carmen Smith

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