Young Hygienist Snapshot: Brett Young

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Brett is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) working for INPEX Australia as the Senior Health and Hygiene Advisor on the Ichthys LNG Project. Based in Perth, Western Australia he is developing INPEX’s health and hygiene management system, SAP IH, hygiene training requirements and service contracts in preparation for operations, which is expected to commence in late 2016.

Prior to joining INPEX in April 2012, Brett worked for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) for eight years where he was a Senior Industrial Hygienist. PDO is the main oil and gas exploration and production provider in Oman with a concession area over 100,000 km2. His job involved working extensively in the interior of Oman, in remote areas, with a multicultural 40000 plus workforce. He was recruited by PDO after meeting an Omani hygienist at the BOHS Conference in the UK. This chance meeting came about after he won the Draeger Young Hygienist of the Year Award in 2002, which supported his attendance to the conference. He has certainly made the most of winning this and other AIOH awards.

Prior to working in Oman, Brett worked for seven years with the Queensland and Northern Territory Workplace Health and Safety Divisions as an occupational hygiene advisor / Inspector and in his distant, distant past he was a hygiene technician performing asbestos removal and clearance work in all parts of Victoria.

All I can say is…wow! Here is 5-mins with Brett:

Best location I have worked: Having lived and worked now in four Australian States/Territories, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Brisbane, but undoubtedly the best location I have worked was the eight years spent living, working and playing in the PDO concession area and deserts of Oman.

The best thing about my job is: Promoting and protecting the health and wellbeing of my colleagues, friends and contractors at work.

Career Highlight(s): 1. Winning the Draeger Young Hygienist Award, which introduced me to the World. 2. Being an organising member of the first Occupational Health Conference held in the Middle East (Oman) in 2006 and co-authoring a workshop on Occupational Hygiene with Dr. Brian Davies. This introduced occupational hygiene to the greater Middle East 3. Mentoring three young Omani’s to become Occupational Hygienists, one of whom is the first female Omani Occupational Hygienist who recently completed her Masters of OH through the University of Wollongong. Hopefully this will translate to a legacy for future Omani hygienists.

If you want to be an effective Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Explaining health and hygiene to management in terms of return on investment, how implementing health and hygiene systems reduces indirect costs, improves productivity and is most effective when implemented in the design phase of projects.

People normally think my job involves: Everything to do with health risks, wellbeing, public health, hygiene, biting insects, air pollution, hazardous process contaminants……on Mondays. Everything else Tuesday to Friday

The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Plan, develop and execute the first NORM (naturally occurring radioactive material) Decontamination Facility in Bahja, Oman which was responsible for decontaminating tonnes of NORM contaminated sub-surface and surface equipment which could be safely refurbished and reused or scrapped.

The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: I’ve been very lucky with my career, however I didn’t enjoy issuing infringement notices or prosecuting employers when working as an inspector. I also didn’t appreciate a cold decontamination shower in the early hours of a Melbourne winter following asbestos clearance work, but we all had to start somewhere.

Brett Mt Crossing

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