Melissa is a Senior Occupational Hygienist based in Perth, WA. Melissa is a graduate of Murdoch University and Deakin University and is currently studying at Edith Cowan University – which goes to show you that occupational hygiene is so interesting that we all can’t stop studying it! Here is 5-mins with Melissa:
Best location I have worked: Near Wittenoom Gorge, Pilbara region, Western Australia .
The best thing about my job is: The variety – working in different industries, in different locations, on different projects, indoors, and outdoors .
Career Highlight: Having a RDO spent checking out Wittenoom town, Wittenoom Gorge, Hamersley Gorge and Karijini National Park !
If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Doing your research !
People normally think my job involves: Making sure people wash their hands .
The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Go bush-trekking near Wittenoom (errr…I mean…undertake a rigorous soil and air sampling programme in determining the location and degree of contamination of crocidolite asbestos in risk management planning prior to construction works).
The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: Sit inside a refinery thickener tank all day in summer and take notes on diesel-powered equipment operation and undertake ventilation assessments!