Another trip across the world this week to meet Damien Eaves. He graduated from the University of Bradford in 2002 and then went on to attain professional qualifications in Diplomas in Occupational Hygiene and Acoustics. Three years ago he set up his own consultancy Validate Consulting Ltd in the UK which is going extremely well. Damien now sits on the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) Education Committee, helps run the bursary scheme and is also one of the BOHS lecturers who goes into universities and schools teaching about what Occupational Hygiene is all about. Here is 5-mins with Damien:
Best location I have worked: One of the best was undertaking a microbiological assessment during a hip replacement in an operating theatre – not for the feint hearted.
The best thing about my job is: The variety, one day I am in an operating theatre then I am down a mine then I am watch doughnuts being made then I am at a foundry.
Career Highlight: I have had two highlights the first was getting my Diploma of Occupational Hygiene so I can be called a Chartered Occupational Hygienist and the second was starting my own business.
If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Thinking on your feet, occasionally equipment brakes, processes you are measuring change, people don’t do what they say they will do, people go missing, some people even try and sabotage results.
People normally think my job involves: Going into restaurants to see how clean they are.
The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Be the approved consultant to provide occupational hygiene advice and monitoring for a multinational group of companies with 1000 sites across the UK and Ireland.
The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: Conduct a hydrogen sulphide assessment at a waste water treatment works – smelly!