Marc Plisko, CIH

Marc Plisko, CIH

I am really glad that I have my CIH because while working as a CIH, I have been able to see some of the most intriguing places in the industrial world. Have you ever worked at an aircraft engine manufacturing plant, or a steam electrical generating station, or a bustling ship repair yard on the other side of the world? These are just some of the places that put the word "Industrial" in the phrase "Industrial Hygiene." These are also some of the places i have had the pleasure of working since I have become a CIH. Yes one of the reasons I became a CIH was because I wanted to make a difference in the workplace. But how many of us were also drawn by the curiosity of the myriad of different industries that exist in the world? When people ask what I like best about being a CIH, I tell them I really enjoy going to the big factories, the nuclear sites, the foundries and shipyards, and cool government places that I cannot discuss (of course helping to promote a safer work environment goes without saying). To me, being able to see such diversity is of tremendous value both in terms of professional development and personal growth. Most people have jobs where they go to a single place every day and they perform a specific job task. This is all they see every day of their working week, and they generally interact with the same people. During my career as a CIH, I have visited numerous workplaces that encompass many different industries. These workplaces included resource extraction, metals production, chemical/petroleum refining, and heavy manufacturing, and were located throughout the United States and on four continents. The industrial diversity really emphasizes the term "comprehensive practice!" The experience of working with people of many cultures and customs both in the US and abroad has opened my eyes to the world at-large and fostered within me a new respect for humanity and the workers who report to their jobs every day. My personal experience as a CIH has value to me that is beyond quantification. The true value lies in the intangibles such as professional experience, great memories, and new friends around the world - priceless.