Lucky for us Luke Di Corleto chose to follow in his dads footsteps and became an #occupationalhygienist
Luke is a fellow MSc OHP graduate of the UOW and freely admits to really enjoying the university lifestyle. I hope so given that he has just clocked up his 8th year of tertiary education participating in a Masters of Occupational Health and Safety Science at the University of Queensland #UQ (his 2nd postgraduate degree………and counting). Luke reports he was lucky enough to score his first real OHS related job recently during the university holidays and was able to put his occupational hygiene knowledge and skills to good use at Rio Tinto’s Exploration division, as part of their vacation employment programme. Luke reports he is more keen now than ever to put his many years of education to good use……… along with starting the long road of paying off his sizeable HECS debt!
So here is 5-mins with Luke:
Best location I have worked: The Rio Tinto main office in Brisbane. Thrilling, I know but it is a nice building with a nice view. That and I am about 30 seconds away from the cafe. He is Italian after all!
The best thing about my job is: Rubbing shoulders with people who have an enormous amount of experience in the field of hygiene, I feel really fortunate to be working with such people. Also the view of the river from the 17th floor is quite nice.
Career Highlight: I need to have a career before I can reminisce about its highlights.
If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Time consuming, soul crushing data entry. Someone has to do it and you can be sure it’s the kind of job that gets passed down to newbies.
People normally think my job involves: Either food inspection or cleaning toilets if they are trying to be funny. I try to avoid saying hygienist to people who don’t have much experience with the mining industry, generally opting for just health and safety.
The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Sit around in a haul truck for a few hours to get vibration results I ultimately didn’t use. It strikes me as a job that would be tiresome if you had to do it for 12 hours a day but it’s still pretty cool the first time you go up.
The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: Do whole body vibration #WBV monitoring for stemming and capping trucks. A 2 hour job turned into an 8 hour job because I wasn’t permitted to drive on-site and my ride back from the pit went home and left me out there. Fortunately the guys doing the stemming were kind enough to give me a ride back to my car.