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Certified Occupational Hygienist, University of Wollongong

Jane Whitelaw is a Certified Occupational Hygienist, Certified Industrial Hygienist and Fellow of the AIOH. She had over 25 years’ experience in Corporate roles in heavy industry before joining the University of Wollongong where she is Academic Program Director for Occupational Hygiene. She is Chair of the AIOH Respiratory Protection Fit Testing Accreditation Committee and is the Australian Institute of Health & Safety (AIHS) representative on SF10 Australian Standards Committee publishing “AS/NZS 1715 Selection, Use and Maintenance of Respiratory Protective Equipment” and acknowledged for her technical expertise on RPE.
Research Grants from SafeWork NSW and Coal Services have supported recent research into the filtration efficiency of respiratory protection against Diesel Emissions. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong in the Faculty of Medicine evaluating the Physiological effects of respirator use. https://scholars.uow.edu.au/display/jane_whitelaw

Experience

  • 2009–present
    Lecturer, University of Wollongong

Education

  •  
    University of Western Sydney, Masters of Applied Science
  •  
    American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Certified Industrial Hygienist
  •  
    Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists, Certified Occupational Hygienist

Publications

  • 2019
    Time to recalibrate: incorporating human factors in respirator selection, 37th Annual Conference & Exhibition of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists Inc Tullamarine: Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists
  • 2018
    Determination of Breathing Rates for Respirator Wearers in an Australian Smelter, International Society for Respiratory Protection 19th International Conference (pp. 38-38)
  • 2018
    Diesel Particulate Matter Penetration through PAPR Filters, International Society for Respiratory Protection 19th International Conference (pp. 33-34)
  • 2018
    Do PAPRs adequately filter DPM?, In R. Golec (Ed.), 36th Annual Conference & Exhibition of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hugienists Inc: 2018 Conference Proceedings (pp. 125-125). Tullamarine, Australia: The Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists Inc.
  • 2017
    Respiratory Protection - Are our Standards Protecting Worker Health or Providing a False Sense of Security? , https://www.coalservices.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Project-20634_CSHST-Grant-Final-Report-Submitted.pdf
  • 2016
    Efficiency of respirator filter media against diesel particulate matter: a comparison study using two diesel particulate sources. , Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 60 (6), 771-779
  • 2013
    Carbon dioxide rebreathing in respiratory protective devices: influence of speech and work rate in full-face masks., Ergonomics, 56, 781-790.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    “Respiratory protection: Do PAPRs adequately protect workers against DPM?”
    Role:
    Lead Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Coal Services Health and Safety Trust Fund
  • 2015
    “Evaluation of the physiological burden of negative pressure respirator use in industry”
    Role:
    Lead Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Active Environmental Solutions (AES) Award via the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH)
  • 2015
    Respiratory protection: Are our standards protecting worker health?
    Role:
    Lead Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Workcover NSW Applied Research Project
  • 2015
    Respiratory protection: Are our standards protecting worker health or providing a false sense of security?
    Role:
    Lead Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Coal Services Health and Safety Trust Fund

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists
  • Australian Institute of Health and Safety
  • International Society for Respiratory Protection
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association

Research Areas

  • Other Medical And Health Sciences (1199)
  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)

Honours

Jane Whitelaw is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists