Chun-Yip Hon. PhD, CRSP, CIH

Chun-Yip Hon. PhD, CRSP, CIH

"When I initially obtained my CIH in 2003, it was more for personal reasons rather than professional, as my employer at the time indicated that a CIH was not a necessary requirement of the job (research position). As such, my achievement was greeted with little fanfare and there was, much to my dismay, no corresponding pay increment as a result of obtaining a CIH. I changed jobs in 2004 where I believe my CIH, in part, allowed me to get the position of occupational hygienist with a health region. In 2007, I decided to pursue a doctorate in occupational hygiene. The CIH was advantageous in that it allowed me to bypass enrolling in certain core courses that were considered mandatory for some of my colleagues that did not have the designation. This freed up my time and allowed me to concentrate on my other courses as well as my thesis. While in graduate school, I needed some additional sources of income to support myself and my family and the benefits of having a CIH was apparent on two separate occasions. In one instance, I was hired as a CIH reviewer for a consulting company to ensure that their work was completed as per industrial hygiene standards. For the second opportunity, I conducted a 3-month risk assessment project for the university that I attended to qualify the risks of individuals working with laboratory animals. Not only did these two endeavours provide me with additional income but it also allowed me to keep my skill sets current as it is possible for one to be consumed by their thesis. I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation recently and I am now currently employed in academia. Having a CIH was most definitely an asset in getting the position as I am affiliated with a professional program whose philosophy is to have field-ready graduates. I often share my work experiences with the students in my classes and have told them that, despite the difficulty of the CIH exam, it is a worthwhile pursuit for both personal and professional reasons. I take pride in having a CIH designation and hope that, in my current position, I can be a role model for aspiring occupational hygienists."