Young Hygienist Snapshot: Dwight Stevenson [INTERNATIONAL EDITION!]

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In celebration of the AIHA holding their Annual Conference AIHce in Texas this week, I have brought back the International Edition of Young Hygienist Snapshot…only this time we are heading to the USA!

Dwight is a graduate of Montana Tech of the University of Montana. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and works for Raytheon in the USA. As you will see – Dwight’s career as an Industrial Hygienist (which is the US equivalent of an Occupational Hygienist) has lead him to work in some fantastic places…Australia included! Here is 5-mins with Dwight:

Best location I have worked:  AUSTRALIA!  As an IH [industrial hygienist], I’ve had the opportunity to work all over the world both on temporary and permanent status.  The Bahamas were great. Canada was cold.  Russia and the Former Soviet Union were incredible and some of my most memorable and terrifying days as an OH were gained during a three year assignment based in Moscow while travelling all over the 10 time-zones that make up Russia. Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific was just as you would imagine it, but you got island fever in a hurry – look a coconut! But by far, Australia has presented me with the most opportunity, experiences and fun.  I’ve yet to see ANY group of OH’s that raise the roof like Aussie OH’s and my liver is still paying the price for that.

The best thing about my job is: Working with people.  Every day I’m teaching or learning something new.

Career Highlight: Some of the community outreach activities I’ve been lucky enough to perform in Siberia.  An absolutely wonderful experience working with kids and showing them why the U.S. and Russia should get along, how Safety and IH are important and how they can make a difference no matter what their job title is or where they live.

If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Being Smart (and H.O.T.T.) and relied on as a problem solver.  I can’t tell you how many times people come to me wanting medical advice, project managers asking for you to take on yet another task to get them out of hot water, employees coming to you because you can git-r-dun! 

We just know how to work a solution! People normally think my job involves: Cleaning teeth at work.

The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Return to my University as a guest lecturer.  Fun to go back and to be a peer amongst your old professors and to see all those young’uns there studying…bright eyed and bushy tailed!

The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: I can’t think of a single one.  They are all just opportunities to build character!

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