Young Hygienist Snapshot: Fouad Rizk

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Fouad is an Occupational Hygienist with a special passion for radiation and works as a Senior Radiation Safety Officer in the minerals industry. A graduate of University of Sydney (multiple times), Fouad is now working on his degree trilogy rounding it off with an MSc OHP at the UOW. Here is 5-mins with Fouad:

Best location I have worked: Olympic Dam has been the most fascinating location I have worked at. It is a uranium, copper, gold and silver mine. It is Australia’s largest underground mine – up to 500 km of ‘roads’. The processing plant has mills, calciner, smelter and 2 refineries.

The best thing about my job is: It is knowing that any decision you make or influence others in making has the potential to have a profound difference in the health of a worker 40 years from now.

Career Highlight: My career highlight to date has been graduating in 2011 with my Master of Applied Nuclear Science from USYD. I hope to match that this year with a MSc in OHP at UOW!

If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: People having no idea what you do. You will save yourself time and heartache if you prepare a rehearsed answer. Depending on who is asking, mine is ‘I tell people what dust mask to wear!”.

People normally think my job involves: cleaning services on an industrial level.

The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Manage the implementation of the Occupational Hygiene module of the new data management system, Medgate, which offers exceptional functionality and helps the department deliver on its regulatory and reporting requirements.

The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was:… anytime I am working in 50 degree heat! Avoid… at… all… costs…


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