Hannah Menzies has followed a career pathway of promoting and protecting worker health since completing an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Health Science. With an initial focus on an encouragement of an active and injury free lifestyle for the general population, she has transitioned into the workplace health and safety arena with experience in the resources, aviation, and healthcare industries. Following the observations of the effects of workplace injury and disease on the individual, she was encouraged to enrol in the Master of Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology through Edith Cowan University. She is in the final stages of completing her research project for the Masters degree while currently working as a Work Health Safety Consultant for the Top End Health Service, Northern Territory Government.
Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is a term that refers to the quality of a buildings environment in relation to the health and wellbeing of the buildings occupants. The health and financial benefits of a healthy indoor environment have been well documented and linked to occupant productivity and wellbeing. Components of indoor environment quality include air quality, lighting and noise. Activities undertaken in a dental facility have been demonstrated to contribute worker exposures with possible detrimental health effects including particle and Total Volatile Organic Compound (TVOC) generation, noise and lighting. While various studies have looked at worker exposures to these various components, so far there are no studies that look at all factors of indoor environment quality. This paper will present the findings of exposure monitoring that was undertaken in a dental facility in Darwin, to determine exposures of workers to indoor air contaminants, noise and lighting.
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