Young Hygienist Snapshot: Kim Merritt [INTERNATIONAL EDITION!]

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This Snapshot comes all the way from the USA. Kim manages the radiation and laser safety programs for NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Our guest bloggers tell me that he is the leader on the social front at all the AIHA Conferences – but overall he is a guy that is dedicated to his job, his profession and his family – how nice! Kim is a major part of the AIHA Ignite sessions and seems to have at least an annual presence on YouTube with his presentations. Check these out:

Here is 5-mins with Kim:

Best location I have worked: Here at NASA!

The best thing about my job is: There is always some new challenge to work on

Career Highlight: Tough call, but I’d say that getting to participate in projects that are satellites or get launches to the space station has been pretty awesome

If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Small spaces and bad smells

People normally think my job involves: Since I’m technically a Health Physicist I think the best one was being asked if I design exercise machines

The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Do the risk analysis for the laser camera system that scanned the bottom of space shuttle after launch. It was built by a Canadian firm by they specifically wanted me to do it, so it’s nice to have someone you don’t even know specifically acknowledge your abilities.

The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: investigate bad smells in crawl spaces that end up being sewer line ruptures.

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