Young Hygienist Snapshot: Liam Wilson

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Liam is an award-winning Occupational Hygienist having scooped up the coveted Airmet Scientific Professional Award (commonly known as “Hygienist of the Year“) at the 2013 AIOH Conference. As part of winning that Award, Liam travelled to the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo (AIHce) in June this year. Am I jealous? …Absolutely!

Liam is a fellow graduate of UOW (there must be something about that uni!) and is currently the Manager, Health and Safety at Rio Tinto Coal Australia. Here is 5-mins with Liam:

Best location I have worked: A tie between working at a diamond mine in the North West Territories of Canada and working in Central Iceland

The best thing about my job is: The amount of variation in the work, it is never the same from one day to the next, always new challenges!

Career Highlight: Winning the 2013 Air-Met Scientific Award at the AIOH Conference in Sydney last December!

If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Working in most places on sites that no one else wants too.

People normally think my job involves: The cleaning of bathrooms at workplaces and telling everyone to wash their hands.

The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Present to senior school students on what I have done and do in regard to their opportunities in the future

The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: It’s a tie between sampling on a 40 degree day at an abattoir and sampling at a sewerage facility, I recall the temperature was similar!

Liam Wilson

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