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Respirators Gone Wrong

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Respirator Blonde by rebreatherstudent
Respirator Blonde, a photo by rebreatherstudent on Flickr.

Hmmm…anyone want to hazard a guess on the maximum protection factor this respirator has?

Why Blog?

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Good question.  Why not just go about life off-line. Why do you need to write and why do you want people to read it? Being a scientist, I’m going to take that question as, ‘What is your aim?’. Glad you asked.

Aim No. 1: To increase the profile of Occupational Hygienists. Picture this. I go to the park with my kids and a fellow mum says to me, ‘what do you do for a job?’ I say, ‘Occupational Hygienist’. I watch her eyes glaze over as she pictures me cleaning teeth or cleaning toilets.  The topic changes. I started at the grass roots with my 7-year old and I had her convinced to be an Occupational Hygienist when she grew up for a few months.  Now when she grows up she wants to marry Harry from One-Direction.  I remain hopeful of a change.

Aim No. 2. To encourage others to take up Occupational Hygiene as a career. There aren’t many of us…yet it has to be one of the most interesting and rewarding careers you can have. If more people knew about it, more people would become one!

Aim No. 3. I am lucky enough to travel to the UK in April this year as part of winning an awesome award. I want to show other Occupational Hygienists just how awesome the award is, and of course – thank the wonderful sponsor (Drager) and facilitator (AIOH).


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Well just over a month ago I got up and accepted the Drager Young Hygienist Award at the Annual AIOH Conference. Now all the fun and planning begins on what will be the most exciting professional development exercise I will ever undertake!

In addition to a tour of the Drager headquarters in Lubeck, Germany and attending the annual BOHS Conference in Nottingham, I will meet with some pretty fantastic people such as Kate Jones from the Health and Safety Laboratory and Lawrence Waterman from the ODA and LLDC.

This blog aims to channel the inner ‘young’ person suppressed deep inside a mid-30′s mum of three, and to be a platform for raising the awareness of our profession for it is indeed the #bestjobintheworld

Drager Award