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Associate Professor Ian Laird B Sc (Hons), M Sc (Lond), Ph D, Dip HEd (Lond)

Director of Research

College of Health

Associate Professor

SoHS - Occupational Safety and Health

I have over 30 years’ experience of workplace health and safety in New Zealand and am a specialist in occupational health, hygiene and safety, and am currently an Associate Professor in Occupational Health and Safety, Centre for Ergonomics, Occupational Safety and Health, School of Public Health, College of Health, Massey University, Palmerston North.

After completion of my B Sc (Honours) degree at VictoriaUniversity, Wellington, I completed an M Sc in Occupational Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London and subsequently a Ph D at MasseyUniversity, in respiratory physiology, involving the physiological cost of wearing respiratory protective equipment in New Zealand industry. I have worked for the Ministry of Health and Accident Compensation Corporation, before taking my current position at MasseyUniversity.

I am a founding member of the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society and member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society. I have served on many government committees’ including the provision of advice on OHS to the Ministers of Health, Labour and ACC. I have considerable experience as a consultant to NZ industry, and has particular interests in health hazard exposure assessment and intervention effectiveness research. In 2006, I was awarded a Fulbright New Zealand Fellowship to the US, which was undertaken at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, where I am a Visiting Scientist.

I have over 30 years’ experience of workplace health and safety in New Zealand and am a specialist in occupational health, hygiene and safety. I also have extensive experience in the management of workplace health and safety particularly in relation to small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s). I have served on many government committees’ including the provision of advice on OHS to the Ministers of Health, Labour and ACC. I have considerable experience as a consultant to NZ industry, and have particular interests in health hazard exposure assessment and intervention effectiveness research.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 06 356 9099 x84914
    Location: 6.03, Social Science Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • B Sc (Hons) - Victoria University Wellington (1975)
  • M Sc - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Universityof London, (1981)
  • Ph D - Massey University, Palmerston North (1995)
  • Dip HEd - Royal Society of Health (1976)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Prevention of noise induced hearing loss

Occupational health and safety in small enterprises

OHS intervention effectiveness research and programme evaluation

Injury epidemiology

OHS auditing and assessing safety performance

 

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705): Epidemiology (111706): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Public Health and Health Services (111700)

Keywords

My published research and work is within the following industry sectors; agriculture, forestry, construction and manufacturing.

hazards, exposures and risks – noise, chemicals and dusts;

effectiveness of controls and the management OHS;

OHS auditing and performance measurement;

safety culture and climate assessment;

participation and consultation in OHS;

employment relations and OHS;

OHS programme evaluation and intervention research; 

OHS and small businesses.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 8
Team Member 0 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: Prevention of Noise Induced Hearing Loss

To develop immediate and long term interventions for reducing the incidence of noise-induced hearing loss as well a directing potential future research.
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Date Range: 2008 - 2011

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 3
CoSupervisor 2 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Brendan Stevenson - PhD
    Measuring Maori Identity and Health: Maori Differentiated Cultural Cohorts

CoSupervisor of:

  • Miha Ua-Cookson - PhD
    Strengthening the Public Health Workforce in Aotearoa Beyond 2025
  • Deirdre Farr - PhD
    Effective worker voice and participation in employment relations and occupational health and safety.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Renee Hislop - PhD
    The effect of estrogen and progesterone on sex differences in susceptibility to noise induced hearing loss
  • 2013 - Bikram Raj Pandey - PhD
    Understanding Occupational Health and Safety Risks and Participatory Practices in Small Businesses: Qualitative case studies of three small cafe and restaurant businesses
  • 2002 - Mr Simon Antony Ewing-Jarvie - PhD
    Preparedness for and Management of Organisational Disruption in New Zealand: A Descriptive Exploration from the Human Resource Management Perspective.

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2011 - Robert Lateef Khan - PhD
    A Study of Fiji Indian Migrants in NZ: Their Migration and Settlement Management and Experiences
  • 2002 - Ms Robyn Anna Phipps - PhD
    Development of a Decision Support System for the Design of Good Indoor Air Quality in Office Buildings.

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