Holly is one of those incredibly energetic people that exude enthusiasm wherever she goes…and you can’t help but get caught up in it all. She is a Specialist Occupational Hygienist, fellow MSc OHP graduate of the UOW, owner of OHRM, and recently scooped up the 2013 AES Post Graduate Scholarship Award for her upcoming research on health risks in the coal seam gas industry.
Holly is my first “go-to” person I call on for advice when hygiene gets really tricky…like finding elemental mercury, with various other hazardous chemicals, in a small area, on an exceptionally hot day…a really long way away from anywhere where there could be a decontamination unit. Those times.
Here is 5 mins with Holly:
Best location I have worked: Abu Dhabi – In 2011 I was provided the most amazing opportunity to consult to a Abu Dhabi government company executing a $200 Billion gas development project (yes, you read correct … $200 billion!).
The best thing about my job is: There are actually three things that make my job the best. 1) I learn something new every single day; 2) I have the best professional colleagues who continually inspire me beyond belief; and 3) I get to go out into the field and talk to workers and learn all about their jobs. Some characters are a little crazy – just last week a man at an underground mine in Cobar gave me the nickname ‘Blondie’ – – I had only been onsite for a little over 2 hours.
Career Highlight: The opportunity to be mentored by Dr Brian Davies. One in a million opportunity!
If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Being awesome! (at least she is honest!)
People normally think my job involves: Sampling dust – my nickname at another site was “the dust lady”.
The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Participate as a member on the 2013 AIOH conference committee – all young hygienists need to put their hand up and participate as volunteers and contribute back to the Hygiene profession. The learning, networking and development opportunities are just sitting there waiting…
The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: Coordinate the clean up of a raw effluent spill. It wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t 40 odd degrees and at the end of shift where 300 people were trying to retrieve their tags from the underground tag board – there was sh*t everywhere!