Young Hygienist Snapshot: Simon Worland

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The first AIOH Conference I attended was in 2011, which is when I watched Simon get up and accept the Drager Young Hygienist Award. At the time I was thinking how awesome it would be to win it and get to travel to Europe and meet such amazing people. I am still excited about the opportunity (6 weeks and counting!) – and Simon has actually lived through it and 3 years later still has the smile on his face!

Simon is a fellow UOW graduate and Certified Occupational Hygienist. He is also an all-round lovely person and from experience will go out of his way to offer help wherever possible, which gives me a lot to live up to! He works in the mining industry and focuses on reducing exposure during the design phase of projects (also known as the most effective phase!). Simon’s key interests are biological monitoring and dermal exposure…here is 5 mins with Simon:

Best location I have worked: Mount Isa in North Queensland where every day is just another day in Occupational Hygiene paradise.

The best thing about my job is: I get to help people and improve workplace conditions.

Career Highlight: Getting Senior Management to agree to a series of engineering controls I recommended. The controls made into the budget and a schedule was put in place for their implementation.

If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to…. Justifying what you say and write with facts.

People normally think my job involves…Cleaning toilets and washing hands!

The best thing I’ve been asked to do was…Embark on some Industrial Tourism in Europe!

The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was….Cave in from a position I believed in to satisfy an “important” person.

Did you cave? No way!


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