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Whitelaw, Jane L. COH, CIH, FAIOH

Academic Program Director: Occupational Health & Safety Program

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Health and Society
  • Associate Member - IHMRI Chronic Conditions and Lifestyle Theme Leadership Group

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • My primary area of research is in the evaluation of controls for prevention of occupational diseases with a particular focus on respiratory illnesses. I am an expert in respiratory protection.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p><strong>Questions about Respiratory Protection for Health Care Workers?<br />Meet the Experts: </strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4-kN2gzTsY" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4-kN2gzTsY</a><strong><br /><br /></strong></p><p><strong>How do you know if your Respirator is approved?<br /></strong></p><p>Millions of falsely labelled and counterfeit masks have flooded the marketplace over the last 6 months. Here's an easy to use guide for a complex issue: </p><p><a href="https://www.aioh.org.au/static/uploads/files/guide-p2-respiratory-protection-in-anz-final-wfldhefkoksj.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.aioh.org.au/static/uploads/files/guide-p2-respiratory-protection-in-anz-final-wfldhefkoksj.pdf</a></p><p>and our call for a National Register <a href="https://www.aioh.org.au/static/uploads/files/joint-media-release-national-register-final-003-wflimbofmeri.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.aioh.org.au/static/uploads/files/joint-media-release-national-register-final-003-wflimbofmeri.pdf</a></p><p><strong>Behind the Scenes with Occupational Hygiene:<br /></strong>What are we doing during COVID 19? <a href="%20https:/www.amansw.com.au/advocacy-and-media/the-nsw-dr-magazine/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.amansw.com.au/behind-the-scenes/ </a><br /><strong><br /><br />Concerned about Bush Fire Smoke?</strong> <br /><a href="https://www.aihs.org.au/news-and-publications/news/media-release-aihs-calls-evaluation-respiratory-protective-equipment-rpe" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.aihs.org.au/news-and-publications/news/media-release-aihs-calls-evaluation-respiratory-protective-equipment-rpe</a><br /><br />We have just received an AIOH Foundation grant to evaluate the filtration efficiency of commonly used P2's against bushfire emissions. Watch for the report out in 2021.<br /><strong><br />Development of Standards on Respiratory Protection:</strong><br />Given the potential for serious health impacts to exposed workers, just how efficient is respiratory protection against acute and chronic chemical agents? Current research being undertaken by Jane Whitelaw and PhD Candidate Kerrie Burton builds on her 30-year industry and standards development experience and previous research into the efficiency of such respiratory protection.</p><p>In the latest series of studies, exposure to diesel particulate matter (DPM) is examined. DPM is a major issue in many industrial workplaces including the potential to develop lung cancer and adverse irritant and cardiovascular effects.</p><p>Personal respiratory protective devices are an accepted safety measure to mitigate worker exposure against the potentially damaging health impacts of DPM.</p><p>To be protective, they need to act as effective filters against carbon and other particulates. In Australia, the filtering efficiency of respiratory protective devices is determined by challenging test filter media with aerosolised sodium chloride to determine penetration at designated flow rates.</p><p>However, testing of respiratory protective devices does not account for the differences between characteristics of workplace contaminants like DPM and the test agent sodium chloride, taking into account structure, composition, and particle size.</p><p>Studies to date suggest that the testing methodology specified for certification of personal respiratory protective devices by Standards Australia may not ensure adequate protection for respirator users against DPM under all circumstances of diesel generated particles.</p><p>Funding sources for the project have included the Coal Services Health and Safety Trust and WorkCover Authority of NSW. Partners in the project are Safety Equipment Australia, Coal Services and ERP Engineering.</p>

Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Do As/NZS respiratory protection standards for filter penetration ensure worker health is protected against nanoparticle sized diesel particulate matter? Burton, Kerrie

Organizer Of Event


Teaching Overview


  • Developing the next generation of Occupational Hygiene and Safety Professionals to Protect Worker Health globally.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • My primary area of research is in the evaluation of controls for prevention of occupational diseases with a particular focus on respiratory illnesses. I am an expert in respiratory protection.

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p><strong>Questions about Respiratory Protection for Health Care Workers?<br />Meet the Experts: </strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4-kN2gzTsY" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4-kN2gzTsY</a><strong><br /><br /></strong></p><p><strong>How do you know if your Respirator is approved?<br /></strong></p><p>Millions of falsely labelled and counterfeit masks have flooded the marketplace over the last 6 months. Here's an easy to use guide for a complex issue: </p><p><a href="https://www.aioh.org.au/static/uploads/files/guide-p2-respiratory-protection-in-anz-final-wfldhefkoksj.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.aioh.org.au/static/uploads/files/guide-p2-respiratory-protection-in-anz-final-wfldhefkoksj.pdf</a></p><p>and our call for a National Register <a href="https://www.aioh.org.au/static/uploads/files/joint-media-release-national-register-final-003-wflimbofmeri.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.aioh.org.au/static/uploads/files/joint-media-release-national-register-final-003-wflimbofmeri.pdf</a></p><p><strong>Behind the Scenes with Occupational Hygiene:<br /></strong>What are we doing during COVID 19? <a href="%20https:/www.amansw.com.au/advocacy-and-media/the-nsw-dr-magazine/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.amansw.com.au/behind-the-scenes/ </a><br /><strong><br /><br />Concerned about Bush Fire Smoke?</strong> <br /><a href="https://www.aihs.org.au/news-and-publications/news/media-release-aihs-calls-evaluation-respiratory-protective-equipment-rpe" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.aihs.org.au/news-and-publications/news/media-release-aihs-calls-evaluation-respiratory-protective-equipment-rpe</a><br /><br />We have just received an AIOH Foundation grant to evaluate the filtration efficiency of commonly used P2's against bushfire emissions. Watch for the report out in 2021.<br /><strong><br />Development of Standards on Respiratory Protection:</strong><br />Given the potential for serious health impacts to exposed workers, just how efficient is respiratory protection against acute and chronic chemical agents? Current research being undertaken by Jane Whitelaw and PhD Candidate Kerrie Burton builds on her 30-year industry and standards development experience and previous research into the efficiency of such respiratory protection.</p><p>In the latest series of studies, exposure to diesel particulate matter (DPM) is examined. DPM is a major issue in many industrial workplaces including the potential to develop lung cancer and adverse irritant and cardiovascular effects.</p><p>Personal respiratory protective devices are an accepted safety measure to mitigate worker exposure against the potentially damaging health impacts of DPM.</p><p>To be protective, they need to act as effective filters against carbon and other particulates. In Australia, the filtering efficiency of respiratory protective devices is determined by challenging test filter media with aerosolised sodium chloride to determine penetration at designated flow rates.</p><p>However, testing of respiratory protective devices does not account for the differences between characteristics of workplace contaminants like DPM and the test agent sodium chloride, taking into account structure, composition, and particle size.</p><p>Studies to date suggest that the testing methodology specified for certification of personal respiratory protective devices by Standards Australia may not ensure adequate protection for respirator users against DPM under all circumstances of diesel generated particles.</p><p>Funding sources for the project have included the Coal Services Health and Safety Trust and WorkCover Authority of NSW. Partners in the project are Safety Equipment Australia, Coal Services and ERP Engineering.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Do As/NZS respiratory protection standards for filter penetration ensure worker health is protected against nanoparticle sized diesel particulate matter? Burton, Kerrie

Organizer Of Event


Teaching Overview


  • Developing the next generation of Occupational Hygiene and Safety Professionals to Protect Worker Health globally.
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