Month: March 2015

Young Hygienist Snapshot: Mabely Wise [International Edition]

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I meet Mabely Wise back in 2013 at AIHA’s CIH preparation course in Ann Arbour, Michigan where we quickly bonded, grumbling over calculations.  Lucky for me we have stayed in touch and even got the chance to catch up at AIHce in San Antonio last year.

Mabely was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and for over five years has provided Occupational Health and Safety consulting services to employers in North and South America. Since 2013 Mabely has been working in the role of Product Stewardship Specialist with Materion Brush Inc, a role that she very much enjoys, captivating her interest to continue learning and growing in this discipline complementary to industrial hygiene.

So some of the things that Mabely loves: Travelling, meeting people, dancing (she is Columbian after all!), playing play spy games (and winning!), being connected with awesomeness (God) and watching and cheering Colombian soccer games (Yes, the team of James Rodriguez, the World Cups Golden Boot! amongst many other Columbian Soccer Stars 🙂 …. “Proud Smile”

So here’s 5 mins with Mabely:

1. Best location I have worked: This is difficult to respond without being biased and unfair…of course that I would say due to my ties to my native city that Cali, Colombia is the best location that I have ever worked in! (just think about it…awesome weather, people, food, lots of fun that without mentioning the endless opportunities to make a difference right there in the spot on workers’ health protection), but I’d most say that being in the USA and having the opportunities to work in St Louis, Missouri and currently in Cleveland, Ohio have given me the opportunity to expand and grow my professional experience exponentially in IH while fulfilling with my mission of protecting workers health, for which I am very grateful.

2. The best thing about my job is: Helping Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to protect the health of their workers. I work as a Product Stewardship Specialist, and thanks to the all-encompassing Product Stewardship Program at Materion Brush Inc., I have had the opportunity to support the EHS Programs of SME in the USA and that fulfils my heart! We do so by visiting our customers, vendors and fabricators (who at several occasions are SME’s) to educate them on how to safely use and handle our materials and to provide them as needed with related EHS services, including; air monitoring and exposure control reports at no cost…and for me, that rocks!

3.Career Highlight: Again, supporting SME’s to develop their EHS programs and protect their workers’ health. In my opinion, SME’s are in great need of our services but unfortunately due to either a lack of resources or resourcefulness, employers at these enterprises struggle to keep up with health and safety standards, consequently the health and well-being of their employees are jeopardized.

4. If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Being flexible and to temporarily giving up access to some commodities (bathroom, water, tea or whatever you drink). Also, you better get used to being surrounded by a circle of passionate and “science nuts” professionals, thus you must be willing to keep up with the professions scientific developments and be eager to continue learning and updating yourself in matter related to your career.

5. People normally think my job involves: Cleaning teeth or cleaning facilities.

6. The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: To participate in the American Industrial Hygiene Association 2014 Future Leaders Institute Program, that was an honor!

7. The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: Hasn’t happened quite yet…still waiting for that “crazy” challenge.

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All Young Hygienists + 3M = Opportunity to attend IOHA London 2015

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2 Days ago 3M launched a fantastic competition, offering the opportunity for a young hygienist to win a place worth USD $5000 to attend IOHA London 2015.

“Following on from the recent 3M Young Hygienist of the Year competition, we are delighted to team up with BOHS to offer another terrific opportunity for a second young professional to attend IOHA 2015”.

“This new competition for a place at IOHA 2015 will offer the lucky winner a great chance to be exposed to four stimulating days of learning from the very best in the occupational hygiene profession, as well networking with colleagues, vendors and suppliers.” –  Nicole Vars McCullough, 3M Personal Safety Division’s Global Technical Services Manager.

Young Hygienists don’t miss this opportunity!

To enter, you have to be:

  • aged 40 or under as at 31 December 2015 (AKA a Young Hygienist); and
  • a member of BOHS or any of the other IOHA member societies, in good standing.

You will receive:

  • a full conference place for IOHA 2015 London  (27th to 30th April), including a ticket for the gala dinner;
  • hotel accommodation for 4 nights; and
  • travel and subsistence costs of up to $2000, which are reclaimable.

NOTE: If you have are already registered to attend IOHA2015, you can still enter (as long as you meet the criteria of course) – if you win, your registration fee will be reimbursed!

The business end of the competition.

By the 24th March 2015 applicants need to:

  • create a Powerpoint presentation on the following topic: ‘Getting your PPE Facts right – 5 facts and 5 myths’
  • upload the presentation to www.slideshare.net/ and promote this via Twitter, tagging @bohsworld and using the hashtags #IOHA2015 #3Mcompetition

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Young Hygiene Graduate Snapshot: Julie Toseski

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I am excited to introduce Julie Toseski, our first Young Hygiene Graduate SNAPSHOT participant!!

Julie is a passionate OHS practitioner who has worked in the Private Forestry Industry for the past 9 years.  Lucky for us, Julie fell in love with OH in 2012, enrolled at the University of Wollongong (UOW) and in December 2014 graduated with a Master of Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice), one of the highlights of her life!

Julie’s infectious energy for life, love of a challenge and an eagerness to learn and grow within the OH profession has recently paid off as she has secured an internship with NIOSH, based at their Cincinnati office this coming June and July (Julie = happy face; Me = jealous face).

Julie reports her long-term dream is to someday develop and grow further within the OH research field.   Did I mention Julie is now completing a Master of Public Health (Hons) at Griffith University in Queensland!!!

5 mins with Julie:

 1. I chose to pursue a career in OH because: I actually stumbled on the field when I was asked to compile an Asbestos Management Plan and Register for the company I worked for. The more I researched what OH was all about, the more I fell in love with it and the diversity it offered. I was awarded a high commendation award from WorkCover NSW at the 2012 Safe Work Awards for my efforts and knew right then that OH was my calling….protecting and promoting worker health and safety and the community at large, and making a difference, however small it was.

2. My dream hygiene job is:  Working alongside fantastic hygienists who are just as passionate, enthusiastic and driven as I am with a vision to influence, change and improve the health and well being of workers from all levels and vast backgrounds.

3. The hardest subject matter I had to learn was:  Measurement of Hazardous Substances was my first every unit and after the week intensive at UOW I remember feeling a little overwhelmed and second-guessing my career choice! (this and the fact that Hendo (John Henderson) scared the hell out of me! :o))) As the weeks progressed, and I completed unit after unit, I gained more confidence in what I could offer. I never lost sight of what needed to be done and what I needed to do to achieve my goals. ‘Never give up’ is my motto…taking a risk and challenging your comfort zone can eventuate the most memorable and life changing experiences :o)

4. My hygiene god is: As I’m predominantly new to the OH field, I would have to say that I have a sphere of hygiene gods that have influenced my growth on this journey thus far.  These predominantly include Jane Whitelaw, John (Hendo) Henderson, Frank Hearl, Alan Rogers, Linda Anthorpe, Tim White and Ross Di Corletto to name a few.

5. My advice to anyone thinking about pursuing studying occupational hygiene is: Go for it…you will never look back. The learning opportunities are vast and rewarding. A keen desire to learn, develop and grow with ever-changing environments of the workplace, evolving sciences and technologies is a must though. OH is soo infectious…once you’re hooked, your hooked for life…nothing else compares :o). Good luck on your journey!

Julie