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Susan Simmonds - Lab Manager

Qualifications:       

Universidad de las Americas (Santiago, Chile) Environmental Engineering
  [Degree recognised by Engineers Australia (2012) Environmental Engineer ANZSCO 233915 - Professional Engineer (Skill Level 1)]

 

Professional Memberships:  

Associate Member – American Conference of Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
Approved Fibre Identifier & Prensa Signatory for Asbestos Identification – NATA
Approved Counter & Prensa Signatory for Asbestos Fibre Counting– NATA


Email Address:
 susan.simmonds@prensa.com.au

Professional History:
              

Susan has over 6 years of laboratory and consulting experience in the field of Occupational Hygiene and Asbestos testing. Susan has provided these services for various industries including commercial, industrial, government, public and private sectors.

Susan has hands on experience in the management of NATA accredited laboratories, specifically for asbestos related projects. This involves equipment calibration, maintenance and coordination of equipment for consultant use, fibre counting and identification, and identification of asbestos fibres in bulk samples.

Susan has also been involved in conducting various industrial hygiene projects, in the development and implementation of occupational exposure assessments for various compounds, such as volatile organic compounds, isocyanates, crystalline silica and respirable & inhalable dust. This includes drafting complex technical reports based on site investigations and analytical test results.

Susan has had many years' experience as a NATA accredited Asbestos Fibre Counter and an accredited Asbestos Identifier. 

Specific Related Projects:

Susan’s main focus as a NATA accredited Laboratory Manager has also been the calibration and maintenance of systems associated with the effective running of an asbestos laboratory.  This has involved undertaking regular bulk sample analysis for building products either collected by consultants during the auditing process or from external clients.  It has also included overseeing intra and inter laboratory proficiency testing programs and liaising with NATA on a regular basis.

Susan has also been involved in several occupational hygiene projects, including:

  • Isocyanate and other hazardous substances occupational exposure assessment for a leading paint products manufacturer.  This project involved identifying key hazardous components of the paint and coatings manufacturing processes, designing a monitoring program and undertaking and interpreting the monitoring results.  These projects included review of occupational exposure standards in Australia and internationally and review of whether control measures were adequate given the exposure types being identified;
  • Wood dust and welding fume exposure assessments for QLD State High School manual arts workshops.  These assessments were undertaken after concerns were raised regarding the efficiency of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems in use within the schools and the potential for teachers and teacher's aides to be exposed to contaminants at concentrations above occupational exposure standards.  The program involved monitoring wood dust and welding fume exposure and conducting a detailed assessment of LEV systems.
  • Legionella investigation in a commercial office environment where a staff member was understood to have been infected with Legionella.  This project involved an assessment of the office tenancy, warm water and cooling water systems installed at the premises and testing of the situations that may be resulting in positive Legionella results in the water system.
  • Indoor air quality assessments of various commercial office situations.  These assessments were undertaken as either routine testing programs or as a result of a particular occupant compliant.  This included review of a building where staff had been affected by a paint product that was entrained into the building air conditioning system after painting works were completed through to review of temperature levels in a building.
  • Review of water damaged premises following the Queensland flooding that occurred in January 2011.  These assessments typically included a review of porous and non porous items affected by floodwater, testing for microbial conditions within the tenancies (airborne and surface) and documentation of remediation action plans to manage the clean up process.