If you are an Occupational Hygienist and a full or provisional member of the AIOH, you should get cracking and start your application for the Drager Safety Pacific Young Hygienist Award. Applications are open now and close in the first week of September.
This is not the type of award application you can leave to the last minute – it takes time (lots of time!), but the reward is so incredible it’s all worth it. The winner receives an expenses paid trip to the UK and attendance at the Annual BOHS Conference. This year’s award however is extra special as next year’s BOHS Conference is being held in conjunction with the 10th IOHA International Scientific Conference, in the heart of London, so it will be even more awesome than usual…if that is possible. The winner also gets to visit Drager’s research & development facility in Germany, which is by all standards – amazing. Given the prize – sparing a few days aside to get your application together doesn’t seem like too much effort does it?
Here are my top 3 tips for young hygienists who are looking to apply for this award:
1. Pay Attention to Detail. The application process involves submitting examples of your professional work in the form of one to two maximum 10-page reports. Do not underestimate how much time it will take you to a) find a suitable report you have written that will set you apart from other applicants, and b) condense it into 10-pages. There are few occupational hygiene reports that are 10-pages long….therefore you will need to choose the right detail to include and the sections that really matter…which takes time!
2. Why do you want to go? You should include details on why you actually want to go, and what benefits it will bring you. For example, one of the people I really wanted to meet with was Kate Jones from the Health and Safety Laboratory, UK. I had referenced her work on biological monitoring many times and had followed her work in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene for a few years (#hygienenerd alert!). I had very specific things I wanted to know and ask – and the Drager Young Hygienist award would help me do that. That’s one example….top tip would be to have more than one!
3. Why you? What makes you different from the many other applicants? Include details of your involvement in the practice of occupational hygiene including volunteer activities. Clearly articulate the things that you do to demonstrate your passion for the profession and what sets you apart.