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Associate Professor Sue Reed

Director, Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2243, Mobile: 0438243412, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.163
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2243
Mobile: 0438243412
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.163  


Director, Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety: Sue is the Associate Professor in Occupational Hygiene and responsible for the OHS and Occupational Hygeine courses in the School of Medical & Health Sciences.

Current Teaching

Sue is currently responsible for coordinating and teaching:

  • OHS6107: Workplace Hazards
  • OHS6144: Occupational Hygiene 1: Chemical Aspects
  • OHS6159: Occupational Hygiene 2: Physical Aspects
  • OHS6162: Occupational Hygiene 3: Control
  • OHS6176: Occupational Hygiene Sampling and Study Design

Sue is currently responsible for coordinating:

  • OHS6137: Emergency & Crisis Management
  • OHS6138: Occupational Health Management


  • Reed OHE Pty Ltd - Director and Principal Occupational Hygienist – 2010-current
  • University of Western Sydney - Adjunct Associate Professor – 2010-2013
  • University of Western Sydney - Senior Lecturer – 1989-2010
  • Occupational Hygienist - Department of Defence Production – 1981-1987
  • Noise Engineer - Department of Labour – 1979-1981

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists
  • Certified Occupational Hygienist, Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist, American Board of Industrial Hygiene
  • Fellow, Safety Institute of Australia
  • Member, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienist
  • Member, Acoustical Society of Australia

Research Areas and Interests

  • Workplace exposures to particulates and chemicals and how they can be controlled
  • Workplace exposures to noise and methods of control
  • Indoor air quality
  • Skin exposure to chemicals.
  • Occupational hygiene exposures in agriculture
  • Bioaerosols in the workplace
  • Implementation of PPE in the workplace


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Sydney, 2001.
  • Master of Science Occupational Hygene, United Kingdom, 1989.
  • Master of Engineering Science, The University of New South Wales, 1981.
  • Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology, The University of New South Wales, 1977.


Recent Research Grants

  • Classification according to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) of respirable coal dust, non-asbestiform fibres and elongated mineral particles associated with the asbestiform minerals and welding fume.,  Safe Work Australia,  Safe Work Australia - Tender,  2018 - 2020,  $203,106.
  • Silica in the Construction Industry Code of Practice Review,  Queensland Government Office of Industrial Relations,  Tender,  2020,  $32,257.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Edwards, J., Oosthuizen, J., Reed, S., Newell, P., (2019), Public health implications of metals concentrations from prescribed burns: A study adjacent to the Perth metropolitan area. GSTF International Journal of Nursing and Health Care (JNHC), 4(1), 1-11.
  • Davidson, M., Reed, S., Oosthuizen, J., O'Donnell, G., Gaur, P., Cross, M., Dennis, G., (2018), Occupational health and safety in cannabis production: an Australian perspective. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 24(3-4), 75-85, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/10773525.2018.1517234.
  • Davidson, M., Schaeffer, J., Clarka, ML., Magzamen, S., Brooks, EJ., Keefe, TJ., Bradford, M., Roman-Muniz, N., Mehaffy, J., Dooley, G., Poole, JA., Mitloehner, FM., Reed, S., Schenker, MB., Reynolds, S., (2018), Personal Exposure of Dairy Workers to Dust, Endotoxin, Muramic Acid, Ergosterol and Ammonia on Large-Scale Dairies in the High Plains Western United States. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 15(3), 182-193, DOI: 10.1080/15459624.2017.1403610.
  • Morgan, A., Reed, S., (2018), Which haul truck electrical cabinet cleaning method is most effective at reducing dust exposure of high voltage electricians. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 34(2), 12p..
  • Ho, G., Reed, S., Cross, M., (2018), The ups and downs of modern mining: Describing the sedentary behavior of workers in a centralised mining control room – A pilot study. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 34(2), article no.34-263, Australia, Wolters Kluwer.
  • Chatfield, M., Reed, S., Ho, G., (2017), A balancing act: a pilot study exploring fall incident rates and the potential role of functional balance screening tools and balance programs in reducing fall incidents rates in older workers in the steel manufacturing industry. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 33(1), 73-86, Australia, CCH Australia Ltd.
  • North, S., Reed, S., Burton, H., (2017), The relationship between dermal lead levels and blood lead levels in fire assay workers. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 33(1), 41-52, Australain.
  • McCarthy, A., Reed, S., (2016), Diesel particulate filters: Do they work?A study on the efficacy of diesel particulate filters in reducing personal exposure to diesel particulate matter on underground diamond drillers. The Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 32(3), 79-82, Australia,
  • Filippin, P., Reed, S., Cross, M., (2016), A Study of the Exposure to Wood Dust and Potential Impact on Lung Function. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 32(1), article no.32-122.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Public health implications of metal ash concentrations from prescribed burns: A study of open jarrah forests along the darling escarpment adjacent to the Perth metropolitan area
  • Ecaluation of the Impact of Indoor Smoking Bans on Air Quality in Australian Licensed Clubs

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Assessment of Effective Impementation of Respirator Programs in Industry
  • Exposure to Dusts and Bioaerosols in the Shgeep Shearing Industry in Eastern NSW
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