Occupational Hygiene

Instagrams of the Week!

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Here we have it – – – – Instagrams of the Week! 😀

Remember, if you want to see your awesome pictures feature here just tag you grams with #occupationalhygiene  #industrialhygiene  #occupationalhygienist and #industrialhygienist

So what hygiene work happened across the globe this week?

The Occupational Hygenius (awesome name BTW) @the_occupational_hygenius evaluated the effectiveness of “respiratory protection” 


Ingrid @icmagordis even with five bags strapped to her body had a spare hand to take a selfie (love it!)


Meanwhile, Melissa Milo @mel_milo has been looking #distractinglysexy in Western Australia


And Mike Slater @ms6282 recognised where some controls wouldn’t go astray

Dust! need some controls here #occupationalhygiene #breathefreely #bohs #industrialhygiene

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Young Hygienist Snapshot: Prescillia Chua AKA “Percy” [International Edition]

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When I met Prescillia Chua “Percy” recently in Salt Lake City at #AIHce2015 I didn’t have to spend much time with her to know she has a remarkable amount of energy and a true zest for life.

Percy received a Bachelors of Science from the University of Alberta, majoring in Laboratory Medicine. And after working as a scientist in the Provincial Laboratories through the SARS epidemic, she decided that her social skills muscle needed more flexing. This lead Percy to research occupations that better meshed science and people and, as a result, she completed her Masters in Occupational Health at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Percy’s work journey has been an adventure ever since and includes the oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta (apparently majority of Canadian OH’s do their time there!) to the provincial healthcare system, to her current position as an Occupational Hygiene Officer with WorkSafeBC – – –  the British Columbia provincial regulator of OHS.

Volunteer-wise, Percy has served on the board of the AIHA BC-Yukon local section for several years, including a term as President. Percy is currently the Western Director on the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (the equivalent of the ABIH in Canada).

So here’s 5 mins with Percy:

1. Best location I have worked: Is it cheesy to say my current location? Vancouver, British Columbia has warm summers, mild winters with endless access to the ocean and outdoors. I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful place to work and live!

2. The best thing about my job is: As part of my job, I have the opportunity to observe a variety of work sites. Every day is a field trip. I’ve seen OH issues like heat stress in a chocolate factory churning out sweets for the Halloween rush, biohazard issues in an abattoir during “pig day”, noise concerns in coffee roaster during packaging, carbon dioxide exposures during fermentation in a craft brewery (can you tell my passion is food?). I’m privileged to interact with front-line workers to ask poignant questions, and ensure that individuals in the workplace remain safe while they do their job.

3. Career Highlight: Pressing the “submit” button on the online CIH exam, agonizingly watch the progress bar run across the screen… and receiving my CIH on my first go!

4. If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to:  The variety of work, and thinking “on your toes”. No day is the same, despite any scheduling – I could be sitting in a pre-construction meeting for a development, and then get called to respond to an emergency release of a hazardous substance, or investigating an occupational disease claim in chicken coops or examining thermal stress in steel foundry workers. It’s difficult to prepare for such a variety of situations, so quick thinking and being a modern-day MacGyver is important. Lesson learned: duct tape should be in any OH’s arsenal of field resources!

Also, be ready to respond to glazed looks or scrunched faces when asked “what do you do?”… which leads to the next question

5. People normally think my job involves: Breaking down the words “Occupational Hygienist” and “Occupational Health”, people think one of three things:

  • “Occupational” must have something to do with physiotherapy
  • “Hygienist” must do with cleaning teeth (or armpits!)
  • “Health” must mean inspecting food facilities for health violations.

6. The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: Have I mentioned my passion for food? I enjoy learning about how food travels “from farm to table” and how our food is made and processed. Any time I’ve had the opportunity to work with the food industry has been a bonus for me.

7. The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: Respond in the middle of the night to a death in the workplace. Luckily the fatality was from pre-existing cardiovascular issues (not from an OH exposure) – however this incident wasn’t all that bad considering it could have been much worse; I’ve yet to attend a gruesome fatality (knock on wood!)

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Celebrating #distractinglysexy posts of the Week!

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As a tribute to all the Women Scientist’s out there, we here at the younghygienist.com loved all of the #distractinglysexy posts in response to biochemist Tim Hunt’s comments regarding the “trouble with girls” in laboratories.

So what #distractinglysexy work happened across the globe this week?

Geeky Girl Engineer looked #distractinglysexy in her Level A PPE.


It’s not just @AmyRemeikis who’s glad that Curie managed to take a break from crying to discover radium and polonium!

 


Meanwhile,  Kristy Thornton @ktworkrestplay shows us how to be a distractingly sexy #occupationalhygienist while working at a contaminated land remediation site

#distractinglysexy #occupationalhygiene #icantbelievehesaidthat

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And Kate Cole @katecole111 is making all the boys fall in love with her #impossibletogetanyworkdone

How do I get any work done when I'm so #distractinglysexy #occupationalhygienist

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Instagrams of the Week!

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We here at the younghygienist.com are loving all of the Instagrams tagged with #occupationalhygiene  #industrialhygiene  #occupationalhygienist and #industrialhygienist

So what hygiene work happened across the globe this week?

Samantha Connell @sammyleigh10_4 cannot switch off the OH mindset! Always protecting the heath of others 😀


Plenty of IH nerds joined together early one morning at #AIHce2015 for the annual fun run


Meanwhile, @_misszaman_ has been getting down and dirty at a gold mine


And @stephavellaneda started her new job at Disneyland!!! Awesome!!!

Big day tomorrow. Wish me luck!!! #newjob #careerbegins #industrialhygienist #Disney

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Young Hygiene Graduate Snapshot: Kia Lidster [International Edition]

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When Kia Lidster was in her final year completing a Bachelor of Science, she had no idea what she wanted to do after she graduated…….That was until she stumbled upon an industrial hygiene job posting, and, like most other people, had no idea what IH was (she thought it was some type of intense janitor). After reading the job post, Kia knew exactly what she wanted to do!

In April 2015, Kia graduated with a MSc in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the University of British Columbia (Big Congrats Kia – – – So awesome!).

While completing her degree, Kia participated in a co-op work term at a large oil sands production company in Northern Alberta. With her future ahead of her Kia is excited to report that she will be relocating from British Columbia to Ontario to begin her career in OH!

So here’s 5 mins with Kia:

1. I chose to pursue a career in OH because: OH is such an exciting, diverse and dynamic field!  I’ve always enjoyed science and the environment.  I chose to pursue a career in OH because it is a perfect match for my interests and provides the opportunity to apply and continue to learn pretty much all forms of science (biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, toxicology…).

2. My dream hygiene job is: At the moment, I am not totally sure what my dream job is. I’m looking forward to starting my first OH position in consulting and the opportunity I will have to experience OH in a variety of industries.  Eventually, I would like to write a textbook and teach at the undergraduate or graduate level.

3. The hardest subject matter I had to learn was:  Having a science background, particularly with a focus in chemistry, was a huge help!  There wasn’t a particular area that I would say was the hardest to learn, but just the huge breadth and amount of material that had to be covered in a two-year degree was at times a little overwhelming.

4. My hygiene god is: I don’t have one specific hygiene god in mind.  I have found that anyone in the OH field is incredibly willing and happy to offer their help and/or advice.  It’s a very nice circle of passionate and enthusiastic professionals!

5. My advice to anyone thinking about pursuing studying occupational hygiene is: If you like science, problem-solving, constantly learning, a mix of field and office work, and talking/working with lots of other people, OH will be a good fit for you!  It is is an incredibly diverse field and you can choose to specialize in one area, or be a Jack/Jill of all trades.

Kia Lidster  Kia rockin’ typical OH fashion in the field!

Instagrams of the Week!

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Instagrams of the week. Yes, plural!

There are just way too many exciting grams being posted lately.  I couldn’t just select one to blog!

BTW. If you love hygiene as much and I do and you want to see your hygiene related grams here just tag your pics with one of the following tags (or all 😀):

#occupationalhygiene   #industrialhygiene   #occupationalhygienist   #industrialhygienist

So what hygiene work happened across the globe this week?

Well Gilberto Martínez @gilbertomb1 showed us how thermal exposure assessments are done inside large vessel!


 

Meanwhile, Anne Rogers @annie8621 has been setting things on fire!


And it looks like Pete Aspinall @insta_aspis has been out and about at a coal mine.

Moon-scape in the pit. Perfect silica exposure monitoring -weather & location. #occupationalhygiene #nofilter

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Coal stockpiles. Black as the night. #occupationalhygiene

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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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