Damien currently manages Occupational Hygiene programmes for a number of GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical sites. He is a trained Analytical Chemist and originally worked as such at a number of Pharma sites. By chance, in 1999, an opportunity arose at the Cork (Ireland) site for a full-time resource in Occupational Hygiene and Damien was encouraged to apply. The analytical and problem solving skills were very useful in this regard and he was pleasantly surprised at how vast the area of Occupational Hygiene covered. He describes his decision to apply for the job was the best professional move he has ever made! Currently, in his present role he states that his main aims are to standardise good practice via training and communication.
Best location I have worked: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Cork, Ireland but I did enjoy working In GSK Ulverston (England) and GSK Montrose (Scotland) in my shared services Occupational Hygiene role.
The best thing about my job is: Interacting with people and trying to find common ground and share good practices.
Career Highlight: Winning The David Hickish Award for highest marks in Diploma of professional competence in Occupational Hygiene 2013 (British Occupational Hygiene Society)
If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Solving problems
People normally think my job involves: General cleanliness
The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Lecturing at the local university in OH, radiation safety, thermal comfort and chemistry/toxicology (39 hrs/year)
The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: To present health and safety data at monthly meetings to irate process people.