Young Hygienist Snapshot: Mark Houston [International Edition]

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Mark Houston lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and works in the Industrial Hygiene (IH) Department at Sandia National Laboratories (#SNL).  Previously, Mark had IH internships with CSX Transportation, Marathon Petroleum Company, and Marathon Oil Company, Pipeline LLC. Outside his Industrial Hygiene role, Mark is a soccer fanatic and enjoys doing anything (almost) outdoors! 🙂

So here’s 5 mins with Mark:

1. Best location I have worked: Tough question… My top 3 (in no particular order): Jacksonville Florida, Birmingham Alabama, and Albuquerque New Mexico.  Each place has is special to me in terms of my career and was/ is a great place to live!

2. The best thing about my job is: The best thing about my current job is the environment. Everyday working at a national laboratory is completely different from the last.  I really enjoy the IH challenges that stem from an R&D environment.

3. Career Highlight: I had the opportunity to work on a confined space welding project. I was able to work with upper management and union employees to implement engineering controls to mitigate over-exposures.

4. If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to:  Being able to explain your role in the success of the company/ organization. As an IH you have to be able to justify your worth to a company. Some people view IH as an overhead cost, that provides little benefit.  Be ready to “prove your worth” every day, and help to change these people’s minds.

5. People normally think my job involves: Scrubbing very large toilets 😉

6. The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Providing IH support following a chemical spill was a good learning experience, but it’s not the best…. I got to perform noise monitoring during explosive testing....The IH portion was okay, but watching the blast was phenomenal! 1F4A5

7. The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: Fit testing for days on end… What has two thumbs and knows the rainbow passage by heart? … This guy.. I may even sing it in my sleep (who knows) 🙂

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