Kate Cole

Director, Cole Health

Kate is an Engineer and Certified Occupational Hygienist who has worked in the construction industry for almost two decades on projects both in Australia and internationally. She holds degrees in Science, Engineering and Occupational Hygiene, and is currently supporting Sydney Metro as the Director, Health.
Named as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review, a Winston Churchill Fellow, and one of Science & Technology Australia's Superstars of STEM, Kate is a passionate advocate for preserving the health of Australian construction workers and addressing of silica dust exposure in the construction industry.


Sydney Metro is Australia's biggest public transport project. In 2024, this new standalone railway will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 66 kilometres of new metro rail, revolutionising the way Australia's biggest city travels. Sydney Metro recognises the important issue of preventing work related illness and diseases in the thousands of workers who contribute to the successful delivery of this world-class infrastructure. As such Sydney Metro established an occupational health and hygiene program which set performance requirements to provide governance and an understanding of occupational health risks through our supply chain. This included a specific focus on respirable crystalline silica. This industry-leading program has enabled the collection of data to highlight areas of excellence and also to inform areas that would benefit from future intervention and engineering solutions. This presentation provides a case study on our approach and resultant achievements.

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Sponsor - Onsite Safety Australia


Monday 30th Nov Day 1

Best practice in controlling respirable crystalline silica in infrastructure

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Tuesday 1st Dec Day 2

How to spot a fake. Is your respirator up to standard?

Kate Cole and Jane Whitelaw

Sponsor - Air-Met Scientific