Monthly Archives: July 2016

OH my S! No turning back, I guess.

ghs-pictograms2-700x694On April 21, 2015, I wrote a post about going into Health & Safety as part of my work responsibility and finding my level of expertise too shallow.

Good industry experience is essential to gain expertise, but the lack of professional direction,  mentorship, technical supervision and even the lack of audit assignments on OH&S was extremely frustrating on my part. Such condition have partially led to my decision to seek change.

I have been thinking hard about it for the past year, but additional academic experience on Occupational Health & Safety may extinguish this extreme frustration like a fire fighting equipment designed for a particular type of fire. Giving small toolbox talks on fire awareness, slips trips and fall or travel safety in a small office predominated by back office staff is not a highlight of my career. It seems like a sideline, particularly if you did it in your last trimester of pregnancy under orders of bed rest from my Ob-Gyn.  I find that so pathetic and frustrating.  There is more to life than this.

My maternity leave did offer an avenue for reflection and a year after a tumultuous mindset, small changes and efforts have led to some good results.  I have a new job on Climate Change Mitigation and I have been accepted to pursue further graduate studies in Occupational Health.  At the end of the day, there are a lot of things in my life that I have to be thankful about, even if it took a year of reflecting and contemplating.

1024px-GHS-pictogram-explos.svgWhen I was interviewed into the MOH program in UP Manila, I was reminded that I was still young.  So what if I did not get any specific qualification at the moment? I am still young. I am still in my mid-thirties. There is no other choice but to move forward with confidence (I love that tagline….hahaha).  Change does not need to be explosive, it can be a quiet proactive process.

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I was not photoshopped into the Chocolate Hills

Bohol 2012

Be careful what you put to social media. People can manipulate images. I was not that Kenyan Girl who was obviously photoshopped into the Great Wall of China. Above was an old photo of mine taken January 2012.  It was my first trip to Bohol for Bureau Veritas. After five (5) years doing management system audits and documenting QHSE, I have decided to go back to development work.  I have done quite a bit of sustainable development work prior to joining BV, the difference maybe is that I just don’t own a really great high resolution camera, maybe the next time I travel, I may have one wherever my new work experiences could take me.

Ten years ago, I told myself that my career goals are to work for a Multi-Lateral Development Organization and become a Lead GHG Verifier. Maybe God is kind to me, I still have not achieved those goals…because maybe…my career could have been over by now….one things for sure though, such goals are attainable, but such goal could not be fully achieved if I stay in my current situation.  There are policy barriers,  market barriers, or personally motivated manipulative barriers. People fear the unknown. However, I do know where I want to go.

I am very much thankful for BV that I was able to gain the basics of auditing based on ISO 19011, data quality assurance, even actual implementation of ISO 17020 for inspection activities. These are the recommended Quality Standards specified by the IPCC. More importantly, I was able to get myself copies of ISO 14064-1,2 and 3. Though Part 3 is a struggle with Atoy, at least I was able to do actual GHG Verification work for Energy and Agriculture Sectoral Scopes.

Most of my verification work involved more studying, desktop review of data, recalculations and less physical verification. Now that I have gotten this knowledge, what should I do with it?

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