OHS Officer Centre for Quantum Computer Technology
Michelle has worked for the last 15 years in various facets of Occupational Health & Safety. Following Honours research from a grant from Lake Macquarie Council and work with the Hydrographers of the former Department of Water Resources Hydrology Branch in Maitland; Michelle moved to the Department of Water Resources Water Quality Unit in Parramatta. There Michelle worked on or managed numerous projects, including a research project with CSIRO on Blue Green Algae in conjunction with Chaffey Dam storage staff and Tamworth City Council Lab. This involved not just the taking of samples, but ensuring the safety of storage staff conducting the actual measuring then chemical fixing of the samples for transport and analysis in both Tamworth and Sydney. Other projects Michelle worked on also included a community water sampling project, again teaching samplers how to safely take water samples of their local rivers, and also 2IC to the Quality Coordinator for the Technical Services Division Quality Management System (QMS) Program. Michelle participated in, as well as helping manage and mentor a network of auditors; in addition to ensuring policies and procedure relating to the QMS were implemented and being audited to NATA accreditation standards by Unit Managers. Michelle then moved to coordinate the state-wide Rivercare Program, before changing departments to manage Quality systems, training and grant applications at the former Ethnic Affairs Commission.
After accepting a role at UNSW in the Comms Unit, Michelle’s natural appitude, understand of, and ability to audit Quality Management Systems allowed her to take up a position on the Comms Unit OHS Committee to further her interest in OHS. She received OHS Auditor Training to help ITS understand and apply the newly implemented UNSW OHS Management System (OHSMS) before moving into a role as ITS OHS Coordinator. Seeking further challenges, Michelle then moved to more technical OHS roles within the UNSW Schools of Chemical Engineering and also Medical Sciences. In August 2007, Michelle took up the OHS Officer role within CQCT.
Michelle’s key role is to facilitate and direct the Centre’s OHS implementation program under UNSW and NSW OHS Legislation requirements, and also the Self Insurance requirements of UNSW as a self-insuring institution for Workers Compensation. In conjunction with her recent roles at UNSW and to continue developing her current OHS skills and knowledge in the OHS & Risk Management fields, Michelle is also studying a Masters of Safety Science through the UNSW School of Risk and Safety Science. She also attends networking and development sessions with Law firms Deacons and Bartier Perry, as well as the National Safety Council of Australia and WorkCover’s Industry Reference Group, to ensure compliance aspects of OHS as per the NSW OHS Legislation are current.