AIHA and ACGIH do much to recognize and encourage the careers of young professionals. But when it comes to traveling to conventions, seniority often rules and so it was yesterday I heard several Baby Boomer EHS pros gabbing on the exhibit floor.
“I’ve got 25 years in with my company, I can see the finish line,” said one.
“My boss has 31 years in. He told me if I ever saw him going for more certification points to maintain his credentials that will be unnecessary when he retires, I have orders to shoot him.”
“I’m retired, supposed to be a consultant,” said another fellow. “But mostly I’m doing expert witness work. It’s easy money. Mostly I’m just asked for my opinion and I’ve never had a problem giving my opinion.”
One more vet said this was his 50th AIHce meeting. “Must be something wrong with me,” he smiled.
“I see all the guys I came up with retiring,” said a vet. “There is life after industrial hygiene. I can’t wait to find out about it.”