Kerry has been involved in occupational health and hygiene for over 10 years. He is a full member of the AIOH and NZOHS, and a council member of the NZOHS.
After completing his bachelor of medical laboratory science, he has been involved in and carried out government-funded research projects looking at workplace exposures and health effects in joiners, furniture makers, sawmill workers, cleaners, slaughterhouses, and collision repair workers. Most notably, his project in using real-time video exposure monitoring to evaluate the different types of controls on wood dust exposure showed that simple, cost-effective interventions can be implemented in many small New Zealand joineries and be effective in complying with workplace exposure standards. Throughout his time at the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, he completed a diploma in occupational health and safety and a postgraduate diploma in public health.
Thereafter, Kerry worked in Canada applying occupational hygiene advice in the healthcare sector for the Interior Health Authority and Northern Health Authority.
Upon his return to New Zealand, Kerry started and headed the occupational hygiene division at SGS – a multinational testing, certification and verification company. He carried out various consulting projects for different industries throughout New Zealand and was the Regional Occupational Hygienist for the Asia-Pacific region of SGS.
Currently, Kerry is a Technical Specialist (Occupational Hygiene) at WorkSafe New Zealand, where he is enjoys applying his knowledge gained from research, advising, and consulting to improve work-related health outcomes in New Zealand.
At the same time, Kerry is undertaking his Masters in Work Health and Safety (Occupational Hygiene specialisation) at the University of Wollongong.
- New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society
- AIOH - Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (Full Member)
- Master of Work Health and Safety (Occupational Hygiene specialisation) - current
Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety