First Impressions from Day One
By Deanna L.
My first day at Amazon was a great learning and hands-on experience. What strikes me the most about my workplace is how fast-paced everything is here. I work at an Amazon Fulfillment center as an EHS intern and there is always something to do. As this is a warehouse facility, there are many safety measures to take to make sure each and every employee is working safely. Before taking on this role, I didn’t realize how hands-on the Safety Team is and how much safety is held as a priority.
One of the first things I noticed about my colleagues is the diversity of my coworkers’ backgrounds. Some members of the Safety Team have Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) backgrounds, while others have Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) backgrounds. They all came from different EHS educational backgrounds; some worked outside of Amazon, and some worked exclusively at Amazon. Needless to say, there is a lot of experience between the members of the Safety Team and each individual has their own unique perspective on safety incidences. One thing that I learned since becoming an intern is to take advantage of my network. I have worked to build lasting relationships with my co-workers that I can carry on post-internship. With these connections, I hope that in the future I can ask for references or advice regarding the EHS field.
The work of an EHS intern is very fast-paced and detailed. Each day, there are a series of audits to complete per OSHA requirements. When completing these audits, it is important to be detail-oriented so that you do not miss any safety hazards. Additionally, there are a multitude of tasks to complete each day. This can range anywhere from attending meetings, filling out (Job Safety Assessments) JSA’s, or reporting incident investigations. There is always something that needs to be done at the office, so it is important to come prepared to work.
What I am most excited about for my internship is to see how I have grown over time. This includes seeing how my knowledge has advanced as well as my professional relationships. I hope to successfully complete my project, challenge myself to grow my professional skills, and do my absolute best while at Amazon.