Kristy is an Occupational Hygienist and fellow MSc OHP graduate of the UOW. She is based in Sydney, but gets to travel around to all sorts of weird and wonderful sites across Australia. Typical hazards that Kristy manages include heat stress, noise, volatile organic compounds such as benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals, diesel exhaust gases, and diesel particulate. She also has the enviable task of currently being based at a remediation site with arguably one of the best-views in Australia…and she is also extra lucky as she gets to work for Thiess!
So here is 5-mins with Kristy:
Best location you have worked: A gasworks site in Neutral Bay. Great location for a remediation site, and always something new and challenging to learn. There is never a dull moment on a remediation site (lots of hazards!)
The best thing about my job is: The variety of sites and projects I have been able to work on. I love seeing and learning how things are done whether it be remediation sites, water recycling plants, mines or tunnels.
Career Highlight: Graduating with my Masters from UOW and presenting at the AIOH conference all in the same year. It’s going to be hard to top this year but I am up for the challenge.
If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Thinking on your feet and rolling with the punches…it’s not for the faint hearted but it’s one hell of a ride.
People normally think my job involves: Teaching people to wash hands, or general safety work…little do they know its MUCH cooler than that 🙂
The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Conduct a thermal stress assessment using physiological monitoring on a group of workers in a difficult working environment. I learnt a lot during the process and it has given me the confidence to look outside the box for the answers as the issue and associated controls sometimes aren’t as obvious as you may have thought.
The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: Work in a tyvek suit and full face respirator during the summer months, but I wouldn’t change anything about my job!