The AIHS is excited to be launching 'Celebrate Our Membership' campaign.
This is the opportunity to celebrate individuals as a collective, learn from others’ experiences and connect as a profession.
We would like to introduce Debra Burlington, Owner/Director at Enhance Solutions and Chairperson of the AIHS College of Fellows Mentorship Committee as our first interviewee.
Debra has been a member of the Institute since 2009.
Why did you decide you wanted to work in health and safety?
I began my working career as a social worker, so have also had a real interest in people, and making the world a better place for them. I was working as a return to work manager and felt there had to be something that could be done to prevent the injuries that were happening, rather than working with people after the fact. Someone suggested I look into OHS because of my passion around people and my willingness to stand up for others. I wasn’t particularly enamoured with that idea, but once I looked into it, I got excited. I realized that I could bring what I learned from being a social worker into my work in OHS and really make a difference for people at work. That was about 28 years ago and I have been hooked ever since.