Barbara is a Professional Ergonomist and Specialist Occupational Health Physiotherapist with over 34 years experience in OHS. In the last 19 years she has worked principally in mining. She specialises in ergonomics problem solving and the prevention of injuries, errors and losses associated with less than optimum task and workplace design, and work organisation.
She has written or co-authored several handbooks on the application of ergonomics in mining. Please refer to the Resources section on this website.
She is a Past President, Fellow and Professional Member of the Ergonomics and Human Factors Society of Australia, a past Board Member of the International Commission on Occupational Health, a Life Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, a Specialist Occupational Health Physiotherapist and a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotehrapists.
Facilitated Risk Assessments and Reviews
- General OHS
- Ergonomics assessments and programs
- Manual tasks
- Equipment and product design
- Process and systems design
OHS Systems Management
- OHS Management Systems auditing
- OHS Risk Assessments
- ergonomics assessments
- facilitated OHS and ergonomics risk assessments and reviews
- work places and work systems
- manual tasks and other demanding work
- equipment, furniture and tools
- vehicles and mobile equipment
- evaluation of whole-body vibration exposure in vehicles
- walk through ergonomics surveys
- cost-benefit analysis of proposed solutions and solutions in place
- ergonomics and OHS interventions
- Unit - BSBOHS604A - Apply ergonomic principles to control OHS risk Business Services Training Package BSB01
- General occupational ergonomics for specific groups and industries such as seating, displays and controls, office design, heavy vehicle cab design, anthropometry and biomechanics, machinery design
- Prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders
- Manual tasks
- Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) (1999)
- Master of Public Health (OH) (Sydney, 1989)
- Diploma of Physiotherapy (Sydney, 1969)
- Certified OHS Management Systems Auditor (2001)
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAA40104) (2007)
- Specialist in Occupational Health Physiotherapy (2008)
Did you know?
From 1 July 2007 all contractors in NSW are required by law to have a Contractor Safety and Health Management program. It will also be a requirement from all of the major mining companies that contractors health and safety programs meet an acceptable standard.
As a result of this the Jim Knowles Group and Mine Resilience Australia P/L have developed the content th May of a on-line training course with the support of the NSW Minerals Council, Coal Services Health and Safety Trust, Australian Institute of Quarrying Education Foundation and the University of Newcastle.
Major mining companies in Australia including Centennial, Xstrata, Anglo, BHP, Hansons and Rocla have given their support to this project.
Updated 29th May 2009