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Master of Ceremonies - Luke Cook

Master of Ceremonies
Luke Cook

Luke, along with his twin brother Cody, rose to fame following their appearance on the 2016 television series of House Rules.

Since being crowned champions of House Rules, the brothers have continued to be firm favourites of Channel 7, appearing in various specials and MC’ing events as well as more recently joining the team of Creek to Coast, Queensland Weekender and The Great South East.

Luke is a qualified electrician with an interest in asbestos safety. Both he and Cody have seen firsthand the benefits of completing apprenticeships and have gone on to become Ambassadors for the Government’s Apprenticeship program.

Associate Professor Deborah Yates

Associate Professor Deborah Yates

Despite the widespread belief that occupational lung disorders have been largely prevented, there are disturbing trends worldwide about the re-emergence of traditional dust diseases and description of new lung diseases from new exposures.

Hear from Deborah as she outlines current issues relevant to occupational lung diseases, which emphasise the need for vigilance, and the dangers of complacency.

About Deborah

Associate Professor Deborah Yates trained in Medicine at Cambridge University and completed her medical training at several London teaching hospitals. Later, she joined the Central Pneumoconiosis Panel in London and gained experience in a broad spectrum of occupational lung diseases including coal workers pneumoconiosis, silicosis, asbestos-related disorders and occupational asthma.

Since permanently moving to Australia in 1995, Deborah has continued her research and clinical interest in occupational and obstructive lung diseases. She is a Senior Staff Specialist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW and Co-Chair of the Coal Mine Dust Lung Disease (CMDLD) Collaborative Group and is active in the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

Peter Aspinall

Peter Aspinall, Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH)

Construction, manufacturing, mining and stone workers are at high risk of contracting lung disease from the work that they do. But there is a solution: most of these industrial diseases can be prevented – by recognising the real hazards, evaluating the risks of being exposed to them, and then effectively controlling those exposures.

Hear from Peter as he details AIOH’s Breathe Freely initiative, aimed at raising awareness and providing plain language resources to guide exposure control and disease prevention. The initiative has been developed by the AIOH for industry, in conjunction with the British Occupational Hygiene Society.

About Peter
Peter has 20 years’ practical experience working in Occupational Hygiene and allied health roles across Australia. These roles have spanned both consulting and corporate, in the public health, construction, mining and petrochemical sectors.

Peter has been a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) with the AIOH since December 2014 and is also a full member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene (MAIOH), the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society (NZOHS) and an Associate Member of Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Brad Bick

Bradley Bick, A/Executive Director - Workplace Health and Safety Engagement and Policy Services, WHSQ

Representing the Regulator, Bradley will give insight into what WHSQ is doing to ensure effective risk management for occupational lung diseases through compliance, regulation and enforcement activities.

About Bradley
Bradley has more than 20 years of public sector and work health and safety experience across a range of roles.

Currently he has legislative and policy responsibilities for electrical and work health and safety and provides strategic direction to the planning, development and implementation of government priorities that enable industries to achieve safer workplaces.

Respirable crystalline silica stream

Daniel Dunne

Daniel Dunne, Paynters

Hear from Daniel as he shares how Paynters, in their role as Principal Contractor, consults with sub-contractors, suppliers and the Regulator to manage the exposure and risks of respirable crystalline silica dust on their construction sites. Daniel will detail their journey from initial consultation with relevant stakeholders and development of training and tools to achieve job site compliance.

About Daniel
Daniel has over 30 years’ experience in the building, construction and insurance industry, and has held the role of National HSEQ Manager for Paynters for the last 14 years. In this role he is responsible for monitoring industry wide changes, best practice and compliance. Daniel has become the change manager for how Paynters engage, manage and upskill the next generation of tradespeople.

Daniel holds qualifications as a Lead Auditor, Diploma of WHS and Business Management, Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction. Daniel is also member of WHSQ code of practice working groups for Concrete Pumping and Scaffolding.

Greg Manthey, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Greg Manthey, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

The re-identification of CWP among Queensland coal mine workers and, more recently, the increase in cases of silicosis among engineered stone workers has reminded us all of the hazards associated with exposure to respirable dust and silica. Recent reforms to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Regulation have resulted in significant improvements with respect to dust monitoring on sites, workers’ awareness of the hazard and more effective controls. However, reported data is showing workers are still potentially being exposed to dust in mobile and fixed plant.

Hear from Greg as he covers common misunderstandings about the protection afforded by an enclosed cabin and outline how to effectively keep dust out of cabins, with reference to the findings from a case study conducted at a Queensland sandstone mine.

About Greg
Greg is an Inspector of Mines (Occupational Hygiene) based in Brisbane. He is a Certified Occupational Hygienist and was Simtars Principal Hygienist for 8 years to July 2018.

In mid-2018 Greg commenced a program evaluating the implementation of QGL02 and the management of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) in small to medium mineral mines and quarries.

This involves personal exposure monitoring and assessing site management systems with respect to RCS exposure control.

Dr Martin Stirling

Dr Martin Stirling, Hilti

When managing the issue of dust generated during concrete shaping operations in construction, the full hierarchy of controls needs to be considered, from design all the way through to protective personal equipment.

Martin will provide practical examples of engineering controls currently available and describe how their effectiveness was assessed, relative to current and future working exposure standards.

About Martin
Dr Martin Stirling is an experienced engineering and marketing professional with a history of working in power generation, manufacturing and the construction industry in Australia, Ireland and South Africa.

He has an extensive catalogue of skills in mechanical engineering, materials science, construction technology, marketing and is a graduate of the Australian Graduate School of Management (MBA) and University of Cape Town (BSc / PhD).

Martin's interest in dust came about from his post-graduate research work into wear caused by fly ash in coal fired power generation. This was followed by industrial research work in diamond cutting tools.

Since 2004 Martin has worked in construction, introducing new technologies for drilling, cutting, grinding and breaking applications. As all these applications are dust generating, Martin has developed a passion for occupational health.

Dr David Bromwich

Dr David Bromwich

Industrial ventilation is one of the major engineering interventions to minimise toxic exposures to dusts and ranks part the way down the hierarchy of controls but must be considered before other approaches like dust masks are contemplated.

David’s presentation explores industrial ventilation approaches specific to silica dust.

About David
Dr David Bromwich is an occupational hygiene consultant with 40 years’ experience.

He is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (FAIOH). He has an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he specialised in industrial ventilation, and an MSc in Medical Physics from QIT.

As Senior Health Physicist and Mines Inspector in the Mines Department in the Northern Territory, David was heavily involved with radiation protection in the uranium mines. He moved to occupational hygiene where silica exposure was a major issue in hard rock mining and quarries. His interest was in industrial ventilation and he has evaluated and designed many industrial ventilation systems.

David recently rewrote the chapter on industrial ventilation in an occupational hygiene text produced by the AIOH and is currently an adjunct Associate Professor in a research group attached to the School of Medicine at Griffith University. During his time with Griffith University, he has set up a comprehensive Industrial Ventilation Laboratory for teaching and research for undergraduate and graduate engineers.

Asbestos stream

Dr Robert McCartney

Dr Robert McCartney, Resile

Licensed asbestos removal workers perform work that can cause airborne asbestos fibres. Mesothelioma is a real risk to licensed asbestos removal workers if they don’t religiously use controls to prevent breathing in asbestos fibres. Lung cancer, particularly if workers are exposed to asbestos fibres and cigarette smoke is also a health risk.

Hear from Robert as he explores the health effects of asbestos exposure.

About Robert
Dr Robert McCartney is a physician who has specialised in the field of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for over 20 years.

He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine with the Royal Australian College of Physicians and past president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine.

Robert has extensive experience working with clients in many industries, including mining, energy, manufacturing, transport and petrochemical. By virtue of his education, training, skills and experience he retains specialised knowledge in the multidisciplinary field of Environmental Medicine involving medicine, environmental science, chemistry and pathology.
Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd,  COHLabs

Hear from Michael as he provides an overview of the importance of representative sampling and the methods and limitations of various asbestos analytical techniques including Infrared Spectroscopy, Electron Microscopy, X-ray Diffraction, Polarised Light Microscopy, Phase Contrast Microscopy and Automated Robotic Fibre Counting.

About Michael
Michael is a Chartered Chemist, Certified Occupational Hygienist and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH). He has over twenty-five years asbestos management experience and specialises in the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards. Michael is a member of the Demolition and Asbestos Industry Association Queensland’s Management Committee, chairs the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene Membership and Qualifications Committee and is a NATA technical assessor for asbestos identification and counting.

Michael was previously a member of the WHSQ Asbestos Safety Training Industry Reference Group, the WHSQ Asbestos Working Party for development of Asbestos Removal Work Compliance and Advisory Standard (1996) and during 2010 was a member of both the Safework Australia Asbestos Model Regulations Temporary Advisory Group and its Assessor Steering Committee Group.

Dr Peter McGarry

Dr Peter McGarry, WHSQ

It is a requirement of asbestos licence holders that they remove asbestos safely and legally.

Peter will share recent examples of license cancellations, suspensions and prosecutions due to high-risk asbestos work and will provide guidance on the safety standard of asbestos removal and related work expected by WHSQ.

About Peter
Dr Peter McGarry has been working in the field of occupational health and hygiene for 20 years, in both the private and government sectors. He is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) and highly experienced in risk management of hazards such as asbestos, hazardous chemicals, particles, noise, vibration, lead, heat stress and biological hazards.

Peter is currently employed by WHSQ in the role of Director of the Asbestos Unit and Chief Safety Advisor Asbestos.

He holds a Diploma in Health Science, Post-Graduate Diploma in Health and Safety, Post-Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene, and a Masters in Applied Science (Occupational Health and Safety).

In 2016 he completed a PhD within the research area of methods for measuring nanoparticles and other particles emitted by nanotechnology processes and has published several related papers in scientific literature.

Dr Tristan Casey

Dr Tristan Casey

Join Tristan as he presents a model of behaviour change applied to the safety setting. Participants of the asbestos stream will hear about an evidence-based model of behaviour change that is well-established and a proven driver of change over the past 30 years across a range of industries and workplace settings.

About Tristan
Dr Tristan Casey is a lecturer at Griffith University's Safety Science Innovation Lab. He holds a Professional Doctorate in Organisational Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in WHS and is currently studying a PhD. Tristan has developed skills in measurement and intervention design, centred around leadership and culture. In his prior role at WHSQ, Tristan developed the LEAD Safety Culture toolkit.

Travis Allen

Travis Allen,  Allens Industrial Products and Mark Reggers, 3M

When respiratory protective equipment is required as part of a hazard control strategy, it is critical it is selected and used appropriately to ensure the required levels of protection are being achieved for all workers.

Mark and Travis will explain the factors and considerations that need to be evaluated to provide confidence that workers are being protected for the specific task and working environments where these hazards may be present. One of the many key considerations that will be covered in detail is the requirement forclose fitting respiratory protective equipment to be fit tested to ensure an adequate seal is achieved.

About Travis
Travis has worked in the hazardous dust industry in Australia for over 15 years, co-developing Allens & Assured into industry leading Hazardous Dust Supply and Service Specialists. He has been integral in further enhancing Allens & Assured’s specialisation in hazardous dust respiratory protection & quantitative fit testing. For over 10 years Travis has provided product expertise to help shape safety and protection within various hazardous dust industries, collaborating with regulators Australia wide, and by participating in a number of associations to help foster best practice and continued improvement and protection of both workers and the public from hazardous dust risks.

Mark Reggers

About Mark
Mark is an Occupational Hygienist whose current role at 3M Australia (Personal Safety Division) focuses on providing technical end user guidance and advice around the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment. This is backed through his previous experience as an Occupational Hygiene/Property Risk Consultant, his Masters in Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice), Cert IV in OHS, NSW Licensed Asbestos Assessor (LAA001242) and more than 15 years in the safety equipment and training industry.

He has experience as an Occupational Hygiene/Property Risk Consultant with knowledge and skills in undertaking occupational hygiene assessments, asbestos/hazardous materials inspection, property risk assessment and work health and safety assessments. He is passionate about occupational hygiene to ensure workers health is not compromised from workplace exposures and practices.

Mark is also the host of the weekly “Science of Safety Podcast”, which is available on all major podcast platforms. He chats with expert guests on a range of WHS topics to provide practical advice and guidance for all workplaces.

Gelly Augostis

Gelly Augostis, HBW Group

Construction can often lead to debris in the air which spreads easily. Exposure of construction workers to this dust and fibre is the consequence of this, as well as exposure of others involved, such as home owners, neighbours and other people being close to a construction site. As it’s often not even known how much damage can be done, it happens easily and still too often.

Awareness and education of construction workers in this case is important. Gelly Augostis from HWB Group, and part of the South-East Queensland HIA technical committee, will talk about his experience with activities that can have an impact on lung diseases in construction - what is currently happening in construction and how we can improve the situation.

About Gelly
Gelly is currently working on initiatives to create more awareness around the effect construction work can have on lung diseases. His aim is to improve education regarding this matter by teaching workers construction methods reducing and controlling the release of dust and fibre. Gelly holds the position of General Manager (Construction) at HBW Group.

Trevor Torrens

Trevor Torrens, Asbestos Disease Support Society

In his role as General Manager of the Asbestos Disease Support Society, Trevor experiences firsthand the harmful effects of exposure to asbestos containing materials. Hear Trevor as he provide insight into asbestos-related disease.

About Trevor
Trevor Torrens is the General Manager of the Asbestos Disease Support Society, a charity which has been in operation for over 25 years.

The Society’s mission is to:

  • support sufferers of an asbestos disease, their family or carers
  • prevent asbestos exposure in the workplace and community
  • lobby for improvements on asbestos related matters
  • work with the health community to aid in better understanding of asbestos related disease.

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Last updated
11 November 2019

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