School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Sharyn Gaskin is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Unit. She is the Director of Adelaide Exposure Science and Health laboratory (www.ua.edu.au/aesh).
Her field of expertise is in Occupational & Environmental Health having a primary focus on industry partnerships and relationships, including defence and security–related applied research in occupational and community health.
Her research program explores the pathways and impacts of environmental and occupational hazards on human health and society, and leads to the development of effective interventions to control and prevent exposure to hazards. Her work aims to provide empirical evidence through applied research, translated into policy and practice to support the protection and promotion of human health. Much of her research involves both laboratory analytical methods and, importantly, ‘real-world’ field-based study design, to approach a research question. Every program of research conducted has included an important translation of evidence component into policy and practice for stakeholders.
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Adelaide Exposure Science and Health Research Group
Our research interests primarily focus on Occupational and Environmental Health Science including industry-wide studies in healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, emergency services and mining industries. We have expertise in public health, exposure science, environmental and medical epidemiology and we work closely with government and industry stakeholders. We work in the assessment and control of health hazards in workplaces and the environment including hazardous chemical management.
Selected research opportunities for students:
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Research Project 1
Title: Preventing occupational lung disease: integrating real-time sensors and videography to control exposure to toxic dusts.
Project Description: The Adelaide Exposure Science and Health (AESH) laboratory is a specialised facility in the School of Public Health which undertakes a range of collaborative research projects with industry and government. There is opportunity for a student to align with our current industry-focused research aiming to reduce respiratory health risks for workers in the stonemason industry.
The key to prevention of lung disease in this industry is rigorous dust monitoring and exposure control. The outcomes of this work will provide improved guidance on best practice for dust mitigation and therefore reduction of exposure in stone workers, which is relevant for disease prevention.
This project uses real-time sensors such as photometers (aerosol monitors) to allow for rapid, holistic personal exposure assessment, particularly when integrated with video exposure monitoring. Incorporating this instrument technology allows for collecting greater evidence for best practice for reducing dust exposure in the workplace. Video exposure monitoring involves gathering task information using a simple personal camera (e.g. GoPro) merged with logged data files from the real-time sensors and synchronised into software (Enhanced Video Analysis of Dust Exposure; EVADE) developed by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Real-time sampling enables immediate results for:
- Mapping high exposure areas/tasks
- Prioritising dust mitigation measures
- Evaluation of the effectiveness of mitigation measures
- Informing training packages.
Project available for: Honours, Masters, PhD
Research Project 2
Title: Apps for Occupational Health and Safety: Are they useful risk management tools?
Project Description: With the rapid development of built-in smart sensors, users can do many things with only one portable device. Workplace health and safety apps are a fairly new addition to smart technologies, and provide an opportunity to transform the health and safety ecosystem. If designed appropriately, OHS apps have the potential to be useful risk management tools in order to prevent, predict, and reduce worker injury and illness.
This project will collate and describe currently available mobile device apps with relevance or potential application to occupational health and safety. An assessment of the quality of apps will be performed using the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS). The outcomes hope to build a foundation for the implementation of high-quality apps in occupational health and safety practice.
Project available for: Honours, Masters.
Research Project 3
Title: Protecting your skin at work: Using online learning platforms to educate employees about workplace skin health.
Skin diseases such as irritant and allergic contact dermatitis have previously been deemed an occupational disease by Safework Australia. These diseases mainly affect the hands and are common in occupations where the handling of alcohols, cutting fluids, degreasers, disinfectants, petroleum products, soaps and cleaners, solvents, chromates, cobalt, cosmetics and fragrances, epoxy resin, latex, nickel, plants, preservatives, resins an acrylics and wet work are frequent tasks. In particular high risk industries include agricultural workers, beauticians, chemical workers, cleaners, construction workers, cooks and caterers, electronics workers, hairdressers, health care workers, machine operators, mechanics, metalworkers and vehicle assemblers. Whilst occupational skin disease is relatively common across a wide range of industries there are only limited resources available around skin health at work.
This project aims to design and develop a public health intervention in the form of an interactive online learning module on the prevention of occupational skin disease and workplace skin health more broadly and will build on a program of work at the University of Adelaide, on dermal exposure to chemicals. The outcome of this project will be a tangible prevention education platform that can be supplied to high risk industries with the aim of reducing the incidence of occupational skin disease in these industries.
Project available for: Honours, Masters.
Research Project 4
Title: Bioaerosols in the indoor environment: Understanding and managing occupational health risks.
Project Description: The majority of people spend most of their working time in office environments. The assessment of indoor work environments is important because it potentially involves a range of hazards such as chemicals, lighting, and indoor air quality issues. Bioaerosol contamination of the indoor working environment is an increasingly common occupational health concern, yet there are limited published studies investigating typical office environments in Australia. This paucity of survey information limits the comparisons that can be made against measurements taken in workplaces that have indoor bioaerosol air quality issues. Exposure to airborne bioaerosols has the potential to exacerbate asthma, act as irritants and allergens and infrequently cause disease in susceptible individuals.
This project is part of a program of work exploring the working indoor environment and bioaerosol characterisation (identification and enumeration) and control (effectiveness of anti-microbial agents). It involves range of research approaches including field measurement, laboratory experimentation and engagement with regulatory bodies in the field of occupational health.
Project available for: Honours, Masters
For details on projects available please view the following booklet: School of Public Health Student Projects
Date Position Institution name 2021 Associate Professor University of Adelaide 2017 - 2020 Senior Research Fellow Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Adelaide 2011 - 2017 Research Fellow & Occupational Hygienist (Consultant) University of Adelaide 2009 - 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow Australian Antarctic Division, Hobart 2005 - 2009 PhD candidate Flinders University 2004 - 2005 Environment Officer, Site Contamination Environment Protection Authority (SA) 2002 - 2002 Research Assistant, Dept. Environmental Health Flinders University
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2017 Award Airmet Scientific Professional Advancement Award Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists Australia — 2010 Award Thermo Fisher Scientific AIOH Conference Award (2010) — — — 2008 Award Outstanding Achievement Award for media release Flinders University — — 2008 Award International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME) Travel Grant — — — 2007 Award Flinders University research student conference travel grant — — — 2005 Award Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) — — —
Date Institution name Country Title 2005 - 2008 Flinders University Australia PhD in Environmental Health 2003 - 2003 Flinders University Australia Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science (Awarded 1st Class) 1999 - 2001 Flinders University Australia Degree of Bachelor of Environmental Health
Year Citation 2021 Gaskin, S., Currie, N., & Cherrie, J. W. (2021). What Do Occupational Hygienists Really Know about Skin Exposure?. Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 65(2), 219-224.
2021 Tefera, Y. M., Gaskin, S., Thredgold, L., & Pisaniello, D. (2021). Glove performance in a warming climate: The role of glove material and climate on permeation resistance to organophosphate insecticides. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 18(1), 1-12.
2021 Lee, S. Y., Gaskin, S., Piccoli, B., & Pisaniello, D. (2021). Blue light exposure in the workplace: a case study of nail salons. Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, 5 pages.
2021 Maharjan, P., Crea, J., Tkaczuk, M., Gaskin, S., & Pisaniello, D. (2021). Metal Ion Release from Engineered Stone Dust in Artificial Lysosomal Fluid—Variation with Time and Stone Type. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(12), 1-11.
2020 Gaskin, S., Mehta, S., Pisaniello, D., Turczynowicz, L., Bruschi, S., & Mitchell, K. (2020). Hazardous materials emergency incidents: public health considerations and implications. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 44(4), 320-323.
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2020 Hopf, N., Champmartin, C., Schenk, L., Berthet, A., Chedik, L., Du Plessis, J., . . . Bunge, A. (2020). Reflections on the OECD guidelines for in vitro skin absorption studies.. Regulatory toxicology and pharmacology : RTP, 117, 1-11.
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2020 Gaskin, S., Thredgold, L., Pisaniello, D., Logan, M., & Baxter, C. (2020). Is the skin an important exposure route for workers during cyanogen fumigation?. Pest Management Science, 76(4), 1443-1447.
2019 Thredgold, L., Gaskin, S., Quy, C., & Pisaniello, D. (2019). Exposure of agriculture workers to pesticides: the effect of heat on protective glove performance and skin exposure to dichlorvos. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(23), 4798-1-4798-11.
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2019 Thredgold, L., Gaskin, S., Heath, L., Pisaniello, D., Logan, M., & Baxter, C. (2019). Understanding skin absorption of common aldehyde vapours from exposure during hazardous material incidents. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, 30(3), 537-546.
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2019 Gaskin, S., Heath, L., Pisaniello, D., Logan, M., & Baxter, C. (2019). Skin permeation of oxides of nitrogen and sulfur from short-term exposure scenarios relevant to hazardous material incidents. Science of the Total Environment, 665, 937-943.
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2019 Tefera, Y. M., Thredgold, L., Pisaniello, D., & Gaskin, S. (2019). The greenhouse work environment: a modifier of occupational pesticide exposure?. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B, 54(10), 817-831.
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2018 Ismail, I., Gaskin, S., Pisaniello, D., & Edwards, J. (2018). Organophosphorus pesticide exposure in agriculture: effects of temperature, ultraviolet light and abrasion on PVC gloves. Industrial health, 56(2), 166-170.
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2018 Whiley, H., Gaskin, S., Schroder, T., & Ross, K. (2018). Antifungal properties of essential oils for improvement of indoor air quality: A review. Reviews on Environmental Health, 33(1), 63-76.
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2018 Thredgold, L., Gaskin, S., Liu, Y., Heath, L., & Pisaniello, D. (2018). Skin Notations for Low-Molecular-Weight Amines: Development of a Testing Protocol with Isopropylamine as an Example. Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 62(5), 633-638.
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2018 Schroder, T., Gaskin, S., Ross, K., & Whiley, H. (2018). Antifungal activity of essential oils against fungi isolated from air. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 23(3), 181-186.
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2018 Gaskin, S., Thredgold, L., Heath, L., Pisaniello, D., Logan, M., & Baxter, C. (2018). Empirical data in support of a skin notation for methyl chloride. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 15(8), 569-572.
2017 Gaskin, S. E., Heath, L., Pisaniello, D., Crea, J., Logan, M., & Baxter, C. (2017). Skin absorption of ethylene oxide gas following exposures relevant to HAZMAT incidents. Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 61(5), 589-595.
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2017 Gaskin, S., Heath, L., Pisaniello, D., Edwards, J., Logan, M., & Baxter, C. (2017). Dermal absorption of fumigant gases during HAZMAT incident exposure scenarios - methyl bromide, sulfuryl fluoride, and chloropicrin. Toxicology and Industrial Health, 33(7), 547-554.
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2017 Gaskin, S., Heath, L., Pisaniello, D., Evans, R., Edwards, J., Logan, M., & Baxter, C. (2017). Hydrogen sulphide and phosphine interactions with human skin in vitro: Application to hazardous material incident decision making for skin decontamination. Toxicology and Industrial Health, 33(4), 289-296.
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2015 Ismail, I., Pisaniello, D., Gaskin, S., & Edwards, J. (2015). Dermal exposures to organophosphorus pesticides for ambulance workers - permeation through disposable gloves: findings for omethoate. Journal of Health and Safety Research and Practice, 7(1), 14-22. 2015 Rogawansamy, S., Gaskin, S., Taylor, M., & Pisaniello, D. (2015). An evaluation of antifungal agents for the treatment of fungal contamination in indoor air environments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(6), 6319-6332.
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2014 Taylor, M., Gaskin, S., Bentham, R., & Pisaniello, D. (2014). Airborne fungal profiles in office buildings in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia: background levels, diversity and seasonal variation. Indoor and Build Environment, 23(7), 1002-1011.
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2014 Gaskin, S., Pisaniello, D., Edwards, J., Bromwich, D., Reed, S., Logan, M., & Baxter, C. (2014). In-vitro methods for testing dermal absorption and penetration of toxic gases. Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods, 24(1), 70-72.
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2013 Gaskin, S., Pisaniello, D., Edwards, J., Bromwich, D., Reed, S., Logan, M., & Baxter, C. (2013). Chlorine and hydrogen cyanide gas interactions with human skin: In vitro studies to inform skin permeation and decontamination in HAZMAT incidents. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 262, 759-765.
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2013 Gaskin, S., Pisaniello, D., Edwards, J., Bromwich, D., Reed, S., Logan, M., & Baxter, C. (2013). Application of skin contamination studies of ammonia gas for management of hazardous material incidents. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 252, 338-346.
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2013 Chan, H. P., Zhai, H., Hui, X., & Maibach, H. I. (2013). Skin decontamination. Toxicology and Industrial Health, 29(10), 955-968.
2012 te Brake, L., Gaskin, S., Pisaniello, D., Edwards, J., Bromwich, D., Reed, S., & Scheepers, P. (2012). Effects of street clothing, sunscreen, and temperature on skin absorption of organophosphate pesticides - a review and case study of diazinon. Journal of Health and Safety Research and Practice, 4(1), 10-18. 2011 Lease, C. W., Bentham, R. H., Gaskin, S. E., & Juhasz, A. L. (2011). Isolation and Identification of Pyrene Mineralizing Mycobacterium spp. from Contaminated and Uncontaminated Sources. Applied and Environmental Soil Science, 2011, 1-11.
2010 Gaskin, S., & Bentham, R. (2010). Rhizoremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soil using Australian native grasses. Science of the Total Environment, 408(17), 3683-3688.
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2008 Gaskin, S., Soole, K., & Bentham, R. (2008). Screening of Australian native grasses for rhizoremediation of aliphatic hydrocarbon-contaminated soil. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 10(5), 378-389.
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2007 Gaskin, S., Bentham, R., Cromar, N., & Fallowfield, H. (2007). The zoonotic potential of dogs in Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. Environmental Health, 7(4), 36-45. 2005 Gaskin, S., & Bentham, R. (2005). Comparison of enrichment methods for the isolation of pyrene-degrading bacteria. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 56(2), 80-85.
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Year Citation 2020 Baxter, C., Gaskin, S., Logan, M., & Pisaniello, D. (2020). The Mass Decontamination Paradigm: Response Relating to Gas Phase Exposures and Skin Decontamination. In H. Zhu, & H. Maibach (Eds.), Skin Decontamination A Comprehensive Clinical Research Guide (pp. 141-162). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Year Citation 2018 Thredgold, L., Gaskin, S., Pisaniello, D., Logan, M., & Baxter, C. (2018). The development and application of a scenario–based test protocol for dermal exposure assessment in HAZMAT incidents. Poster session presented at the meeting of X2018 9th International Conference on the Science of Exposure Assessment. Manchester, UK. 2017 Lee, S. Y., pisaniello, D., Gaskin, S. E., & piccoli, B. (2017). Use of mobile phones and light meter applications in the assessment of the occupational lighting environment. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) Conference and Exhibition. Canberra. 2017 Pisaniello, D., Gaskin, S., Lee, S. Y., & Piccoli, B. (2017). Office lighting surveys for the 21st century - refocusing on the eye and health. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) Conference and Exhibition. Canberra.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2018 Gaskin, S. E., Gun, R., Jersmann, H., & Pisaniello, D. (2018). Respirable crystalline silica exposures in engineered stone benchtop fabrication. 2013 Pisaniello, D., Tkaczuk, M., & Gaskin, S. E. (2013). Evaluation of dust inhalation risk factors: A research study to reduce lung disease risks in SA quarries. 2013 Jankewicz, G., Gaskin, S. E., Lower, T., & Pisaniello, D. (2013). Human exposure to zinc phosphide during the on-farm preparation of mouse bait. 2013 Pisaniello, D., Rothmore, P., Stewart, S., Crea, J., Tkaczuk, M., Jankewicz, G., & Gaskin, S. E. (2013). Hazard Surveillance for the Primary Prevention of Occupational Asthma: A National Demonstration Project. 2012 Gaskin, S. E., Pisaniello, D., & Lower, T. (2012). Worker exposure to zinc phosphide in the preparation of mouse bait. 2012 Gaskin, S. E., Pisaniello, D., & Lower, T. (2012). Worker exposure to zinc phosphide in the preparation of mouse bait. 2011 Gaskin, S. E. (2011). The influence of cosmetics on the skin absorption of chemicals amongst female workers. 2004 Gaskin, S. E., & Fallowfield, H. (2004). New Haven Village wastewater treatment plant: Research towards managing the risk associated with water reuse.
Year Citation 2009 Gaskin, S. E. (2009). Rhizoremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soil using Australian native grasses. (PhD Thesis).
Competitive Research Funding
Research Grants / Commissioned Projects
|2021-2024||The role of particle size in the pathogenesis of engineered stone-associated silicosis.||Graeme Zosky, Sharyn Gaskin, Yong Song, Dino Pisaniello, Jack Rivers-Auty||UTas||Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) - Silicosis Research||$665,842|
|2021||Development of a measurement method to determine the TLV-Surface Limit concentration of o-phthalaldehyde.||Sharyn Gaskin, Tara Pukala, Leigh Thredgold||SA Health||WorkSafe British Columbia||CAD$74,805|
|2020-2021||Improving exposure science and dust control for engineered stone workers.||Sharyn Gaskin, Leigh Thredgold, Richard Gun||SWSA, SWA, AFOEM||iCARE Dust Disease Care||$224,872|
|Risk-based Decision-making for Skin Decontamination for CBR Incidents – Phase 4||Sharyn Gaskin, Leigh Thredgold||UoA, DSTG, QFES||Australian Government (Defence) MOU with the US Government concerning Combating Terrorism Research and Development Grant||$714,400|
|Increasing the understanding of skin absorption of chemicals in hot environments: establishing an evidence base for existing firefighting work practices.||Leigh Thredgold, Sharyn Gaskin, Scott Hanson-Easey, Dino Pisaniello||UoA, SAMFS, CFS, SES & QFES||Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Tactical Research Fund||$52,187|
|2018||Respirable crystalline silica exposures in engineered stone benchtop fabrication.||Sharyn Gaskin, Richard Gun, Hubertus Jersmann, Dino Pisaniello||UoA, RAH-Chest Clinic||SafeWork SA WHS Commisioned Research||$68,500|
|Risk-based Decision-making for Skin Decontamination for CBR Incidents – Phase 3.||Sharyn Gaskin, Dino Pisaniello||
UoA, Qld Fire & Emergency Service, DSTG
|Australian Government (Defence) MOU with the US Government concerning Combating Terrorism Research and Development Grant||$1,043,198|
|2013 - 2016||Risk-based Decision-making for Skin Decontamination for CBR Incidents – Phase 2.||Dino Pisaniello, Sharyn Gaskin||UoA, Qld Fire & Emergency Service, DSTG||Australian Government (Defence) MOU with the US Government concerning Combating Terrorism Research and Development Grant
|2013||A regulatory framework for carcinogens: Development and trial of an evidence-based audit tool for cytotoxic drugs in hospitals.||Sharyn Gaskin, Dino Pisaniello, Michael Tkaczuk||UoA, SafeWork SA||SafeWork SA WHS Research Grant Program||$95,589|
|2012||Formative study of human exposure to zinc phosphide during the on-farm preparation of mouse baits (Phase 1).||Dino Pisaniello, Sharyn Gaskin, Michael Tkaczuk, Ganyk Jankewicz||UoA, UoSydney||GRDC Research Grant Program||$191,500|
|2012 - 2013||Human exposure to zinc phosphide during the on-farm preparation of mouse baits (Phase 2).||Dino Pisaniello, Sharyn Gaskin, Tony Lower||UoA, UoSydney||GRDC R&D Open Tender||$120,000|
|2011||Understanding and managing occupational health risks from fungal contamination in indoor environments.||Sharyn Gaskin, Dino Pisaniello, Richard Bentham||UoA, SafeWork SA||SafeWork SA OHSW Small Grants Programme||$37,478|
|2011||Area of research/professional development: The influence of cosmetics on the skin absorption of chemicals amongst female workers||Sharyn Gaskin||UoA, SafeWork SA||SafeWork SA Augusta Zadow Scholarship
|2010-2011||Hazard surveillance for the primary prevention of occupational asthma: a national demonstration project||Pisaniello D, Rothmore P, Stewart S, Crea J, Thaczuk M, Jankewicz G, Gaskin S||UoA, SafeWork SA||SafeWork SA WHS Research Grant Program||$157,479|
Teaching & Supervision
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 Principal Supervisor Occupational and Environmental Aspects of Floriculture Industry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yonatal Mesfin Tefera
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Assessment of Blue Light Exposure in the Occupational Visual Field Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms So Young Lee 2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO ORGANOPHOSPHORUS PESTICIDES: EXPLORATORY CASE STUDIES OF FACTORS INFLUENCING GLOVE PERFORMANCE AND SKIN PENETRATION Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ismaniza Ismail
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2015 - ongoing Chair AIOH Newsletter Comittee Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2016 - ongoing Member British Occupational Hygiene Society United Kingdom 2011 - ongoing Member Clean Air Society of Australia & New Zealand (CASANZ) — 2010 - ongoing Member Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienist (AIOH) —
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