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Tech Corner: Check out the The Young Occupational Hygienist Blog!

By Michelle Coutu

Google ‘industrial hygiene blog’ and you will find one of the top hits is The Young Occupational Hygienist. Started in January of 2014, Sydney, Australia resident Kate Cole has been blogging about her journey as an occupational hygienist.

Along the way, she spotlights other colleagues and cooperating guest bloggers in a weekly feature titled “The Young Hygienist Snapshot.”

Both features offer a unique vehicle to highlight the multifaceted perspectives of being an industrial hygienist and the challenges we all face (including explaining what an occupational hygienist does!).

In a field that can sometimes be isolating it is comforting to know that there are others sharing in the same obstacles and unique experiences as ourselves.

If you are not one of her 683 followers, then I suggest you head over to and become one! Kate can also be found on twitter @younghygienist promoting #occupationalhygiene as the #bestjobintheworld and documenting her adventures meeting #hygienegods.



Future Leadership Institute (FLI)

By Kerry Schmid

I had the great privilege to be a part of the Future Leadership Institute (FLI) hosted by AIHA. I first would like to thank AIHA, the FLI advisory board and all the sponsors; without all of you, this event could have not happened.

This event was facilitated by Jeffery Cufaud and through him, our group of 35 learned valuable lessons in leadership, engagement and how to grow ourselves and our profession.

I left this event with a stronger understanding on what drives my passion of industrial hygiene and how I can continue that passion throughout my career. At FLI we explored our strengths and weakness and how to grow our leadership style.

During one of the sessions, we watched a TedX Talk by Simon Sinek. This video has left an impression on how I tackle and approach goals, problems and teams. Check out his book and the TED video link below!

Start with Why – How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action”


Kate Cole, a FLI graduate, wrote in her blog, The Young Occupational Hygienist about her experience.

“I was inspired to take on new challenges and to engage others on that journey. I learned how to be a better listener and how to go about a better way of doing things by having a greater appreciation of how others may view the situation at hand. I was motivated to continue to do my best to promote our profession given the many people who came up to personally thank me for getting this blog started and for offering their feedback and suggestions, and assistance in the future (thanks for the support!).”

I encourage all my fellow FLI graduates to talk about your experience with other young professionals in our field.