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Badly Drawn
Stickman’s guide to
“Why should I become
an occupational
hygienist?”
Helen Pear...
Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson
What is occupational hygiene?
Who should consider it as a career?
What skills would I need?...
Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson
What is
occupational
hygiene?
Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson
Occupational
hygiene is a multi-skilled
discipline combining science
and engineering to ide...
Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson
Its aim is
‘worker health
protection’ by working to
ensure that employees are
not made ill ...
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Every year
1,000s of UK workers
suffer occupational ill-heath
leading to absence from work,...
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Occupational
hygienists work to
prevent this by helping
organisations protect
their employe...
Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson
Who should consider
occupational hygiene
as a career?
Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson
If your interest is in.....
Chemistry
Human
Health
Engineering
Health and Safety
Another
sc...
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What skills would I
need?
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An occupational hygienist needs...
good
observational
skills
good communication
skills
good...
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What does an
occupational hygienist
actually do?
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The job of an occupational hygienist is...
part
detective
work
part worker health
awareness...
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Where could
occupational hygiene
take me?
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Many sectors need occupational hygienists
including...
Heavy
manufacturing
Pharmaceuticals
...
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Occupational hygiene is a growth area in
many countries and you could end up working
anywhe...
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How can I become
an occupational
hygienist?
Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson
Whether you are self
financing, employer
supported, or a combination
of the two, there are ...
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Where can I find
out more about
development
paths?
Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson
If you are in the UK, the British
Occupational Hygiene Society, the chartered
society for w...
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Outside
the UK there
are other many
other organisations
who can advise you
on becoming an
o...
Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson
Why should I seriously
consider occupational
hygiene as a career
choice?
Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson
Governments
Regulators
Industry
& the health and
safety sector
are
beginning to
realise tha...
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... so you
would be joining
the profession at a
really exciting time
when the spotlight
is ...
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At a time when graduate jobs are scarce in
many fields there is currently a shortage
of occ...
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More importantly, the work of an
occupational hygienist is interesting, varied
and rewardin...
Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson
Become an occupational hygienist and join
a small army of professionals working to
improve ...
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Special
thanks to
for sponsoring
the BOHS Young
Hygienist Award
2015.
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Why should I become an occupational hygienist?

  1. 1. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Badly Drawn Stickman’s guide to “Why should I become an occupational hygienist?” Helen Pearson, LFOH Young Hygienist Award
  2. 2. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson What is occupational hygiene? Who should consider it as a career? What skills would I need? What does an occupational hygienist actually do? Where could occupational hygiene take me? How can I become an occupational hygienist? Why should I consider occupational hygiene as a career?
  3. 3. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson What is occupational hygiene?
  4. 4. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Occupational hygiene is a multi-skilled discipline combining science and engineering to identify, assess, and then eliminate or control health hazards in the workplace.
  5. 5. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Its aim is ‘worker health protection’ by working to ensure that employees are not made ill by health hazards present in their workplace.
  6. 6. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Every year 1,000s of UK workers suffer occupational ill-heath leading to absence from work, early retirement and, in some cases, premature death.
  7. 7. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Occupational hygienists work to prevent this by helping organisations protect their employees.
  8. 8. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Who should consider occupational hygiene as a career?
  9. 9. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson If your interest is in..... Chemistry Human Health Engineering Health and Safety Another science based subject ... you should consider a career in occupational hygiene.
  10. 10. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson What skills would I need?
  11. 11. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson An occupational hygienist needs... good observational skills good communication skills good problem solving skills to be methodical to be able to engage with managers and workers
  12. 12. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson What does an occupational hygienist actually do?
  13. 13. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson The job of an occupational hygienist is... part detective work part worker health awareness training noisy machinery part technical measurement part worker observation
  14. 14. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Where could occupational hygiene take me?
  15. 15. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Many sectors need occupational hygienists including... Heavy manufacturing Pharmaceuticals Onshore/offshore energy & petrochemicals Food and drink manufacturing Public and education sector Construction & civil engineering
  16. 16. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Occupational hygiene is a growth area in many countries and you could end up working anywhere in the world... Source: Daniel R. Strebe (15 August 2011)
  17. 17. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson How can I become an occupational hygienist?
  18. 18. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Whether you are self financing, employer supported, or a combination of the two, there are several routes to becoming an occupational hygienist. BOHS International Modules MSc. Inhouse apprenticeship
  19. 19. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Where can I find out more about development paths?
  20. 20. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson If you are in the UK, the British Occupational Hygiene Society, the chartered society for worker health protection, is best placed to advise you further.
  21. 21. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Outside the UK there are other many other organisations who can advise you on becoming an occupational hygienist. Source: OHTA
  22. 22. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Why should I seriously consider occupational hygiene as a career choice?
  23. 23. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Governments Regulators Industry & the health and safety sector are beginning to realise that worker health protection is a really big deal....
  24. 24. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson ... so you would be joining the profession at a really exciting time when the spotlight is being turned on worker health protection.
  25. 25. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson At a time when graduate jobs are scarce in many fields there is currently a shortage of occupational hygienists in the UK and in many other countries. Law Interviews Occupational Hygiene Interviews Source: Anas Ramadan - www.flaticon.com (CC BY 3.0)
  26. 26. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson More importantly, the work of an occupational hygienist is interesting, varied and rewarding. Being albeit a badly drawn representation of an occupational hygienist, Stickman usually has a smile on his face as he knows that every day he is helping to reduce the number of workers who will suffer from occupational disease.
  27. 27. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Become an occupational hygienist and join a small army of professionals working to improve working conditions for all workers. For more information visit www.bohs.org
  28. 28. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Special thanks to for sponsoring the BOHS Young Hygienist Award 2015.
  29. 29. Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson Copyright © 2016 Helen Pearson

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