1. Tell us a little bit about your role at Examinetics, and how your role contributes to the overall mission of Examinetics.
I am a medical testing specialist on one of our mobile multiphasic (MMP) units. The MMP unit is a clinic on wheels, with two exam rooms, an x-ray room and audio booths. When you are on an MMP team, you travel constantly - I'm often on the road for months at a time to perform medical testing for our clients.
My role on the team is to administer onsite evaluations, such as audiometry testing and pulmonary function tests. As a part of the team of technicians, I strive to personify Examinetics' mission by providing onsite options that minimize downtime and cost for our clients while increasing work-life balance for their employees all across the United States. Along the way, I have built great relationships with many hard-working, fun-loving people.
2. How does your role contribute to the health and safety of America’s workforce?
When occupational health comes to your doorstep or your workplace, it naturally minimizes delays and decreases the obstacles to maintaining proper and on-time assessments. From my experience, there are advantages to morale because the employees are all in this together. An often overlooked aspect of Examinetics' onsite option is workforce community support that is not present in a traditional offsite setting. I often see workers chat and support each other as they come and go from testing. Workers understand the need to maintain certain levels of health and performance. They support and inform one another throughout the process, and that comes from being together onsite.
3. What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
I truly enjoy laughing and creating relationships with the people I work with daily. However, one of the best parts is that "aha" moment when a client suddenly understands the information I share with them and makes plans to incorporate it into his/her work safety routine.
4. What Considering your role and different experiences in your work, please share a personal safety and/or health tip.
My best advice is to keep some form of hearing protection on you at all times, as you never know when you may need it. I spend a lot of time in the audio unit talking to people with hearing damage who have been working for many decades; long before hearing protection was required. If you have noisy hobbies or a large lawn, grab a box of foam earplugs from the sporting good sections of your local store. When you hear the laughter of loved ones and the call of grandchildren for many years to come, you will thank yourself. Once you lose hearing, you can't get back, so do everything possible to protect hearing.
5. What tips and tricks have you learned from working on the road?
In my travels, I have realized the importance of community contections. I want to give back to the communities I visit for work. This takes place in various ways, such as signing up with VolunteerMatch.com, volunteering for a local 5k charity run or serving food at the shelter. Sometimes it may be as simple as picking up a food box at Kroger and leaving it as a donation.
It makes a difference, feeds my spirit and helps me feel that I can still give back to the community even though I'm just passing through.
Also, I encourage those on the road to know what lifts their mood and have ready access to those things. For example, if you find joy in books, keep one with you at all times. When things are stressful, an audiobook, a paperbook or a Kindle - paired with a blanket and a cup of tea - can set the world right again. If you love music, put it into your routine: play it while getting ready for work in the morning, on the road or at night while you prepare for bed.
Also, laugh a lot! It makes difference.
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