Graduate Occupational Hygienist

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    AddressStoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Unitemps are looking for a Graduate Occupational Hygienist to join a small highly specialised occupational hygiene and safety company. This is a friendly, flexible but professional place of work where you can learn a wide range of technical, professional and personal skills, working with some of the best consultants in the industry, coming from a variety of backgrounds with a wide range of experiences.

They are looking for a graduate who would like an intellectually challenging and varied learning experience. You'll need to be willing, flexible and energetic with a keen attitude to problem solving. Your experience can be from one of the many technical backgrounds as the ability to investigate, learn and apply knowledge is key.

In a typical working week will be assisting experienced occupational hygienists; for the first few months you would be learning the basic skills and assisting site-based activities. You will also learn how to handle samples, how to request the correct laboratory analysis, review and present data and write concise reports.

Once you have passed your initial 12 week working period successfully, you will start the BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society) training process – this is a combination of formal examinations and CPD that will continue throughout your career, with full support.

This is a 12-week graduate paid internship with a view to becoming a permanent role. Working hours are 37 per week Monday-Friday, however you may be required to work additional hours where individual projects demand and some weekend and evening work may be required. Extra hours worked can be reclaimed as “time off in lieu” or sometimes as an additional payment.

Travel is required and although this will be generally within the UK, often at a few days’ notice; some projects require foreign travel, but this is quite irregular. Typically, the role involves a 3:2 site: office split.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Ensure that a workers' environment does not cause ill health and that levels of exposure are in compliance with statutory exposure limits for chemical, physical and biological agents

* Visiting a variety of commercial and industrial sites across the UK (and sometimes further afield), observing their activities and measuring the potential impact on employees and use the results to provide recommendations on how to make their workplace safer and healthier

* Study existing production processes and general working conditions to identify hazards which may impact the health or well-being of the workforce

* Monitor potential exposure to harmful substances in the workplace and interpreting and communicating these results to the relevant people

* Recommend control measures to minimise exposure and developing strategies which will control hazards at the workplace

* Support clients in completing risk assessments and developing management strategies for eliminating or controlling hazards

* Communicate the legal requirements of occupational hygiene to the client’s management and workforce

Skills and Experience :

* A science or technology-related undergraduate degree, such as: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Health science, Mathematics, Medical science, Medicine, Nursing

* Analytical and methodical approach to problem-solving

* Ability to understand and analyse complex information and present it simply and accurately.

* Energetic, enthusiastic and attention to detail at all times

* Good verbal communication skills to be able to explain what you require from the client while on site and be able to explain your report to the client

* Excellent and clear written communication skills – you’ll need to write reports explaining the data you have collected and your findings

* The ability to prioritise and multitask

* Commitment to protecting workers’ health and safety

* An interest in the law and the ability to understand regulations

* Driving license with no more than 3 points

Location: Based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent but requiring UK travel and occasionally forging travel. Site-based work would largely be in the Midlands