Career of the Month: An Interview with Industrial Hygienist Mark Nicasby: Megan Sullivan

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As Mark Nicas was inspecting an aluminum recycling plant, he observed loads of oily scrap aluminum being dumped into furnaces to melt. Sparks shot out and clouds of black smoke billowed into the room as the scrap collided with molten metal. Chlorine leaks in the piping spewed green gas onto the floor. The scene unfolding looked more like the Hades of Greek mythology than a recycling plant. Not to mention, the plant’s employees were at serious risk of exposure to cancer-causing substances. As an industrial hygienist, Nicas was able to reduce the release of these toxic chemicals into the air. He and others in his field are committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community.

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  • on Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:25 AM

You probably know what a hygienist is but what does an industrial hygienist do? Simply stated this job description is to maintain the health and safety of employees in the workplace and the community around the workplace. This person can combine interest in politics, service to others and most of all science. In this article he explains his role in predicting germ exposure along with what educational background is needed for this occupation and advice to students.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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