ARC Nanotechnology Network

Office of Industrial Relations

Office of Industrial Relations

Name of Group Leader:

Peter McGarry  

Physical Address:

Office of Industrial Relations LOCATION: Level 2, Citilink Building 153 Campbell Street, Bowen Hills Q 4006





Nanotechnology Research Programs/Activities:

• McGarry, P., Clifford, S., Knibbs, L., He, C., Morawska, L. Application of multi-monitor approach to characterisation of particle emissions from nanotechnology and non-nanotechnology sources. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, 2016. 13(10): p. 175-197 • McGarry, P., Morawska, L., Knibbs, L., Morris, H. Excursion Guidance Criteria to guide control of peak emission and exposure to airborne engineered particles. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2013. 10: p. 1-12 • McGarry, P., Morawska, L., He, C., Jayaratne, R., Falk, M., Tran, Q., Wang, H. Exposure to Particles from Laser Printers Operating within Office Workplaces. Environmental Science and Technology. 2011, 45: p. 6444–6452 • McGarry, P., Morawska, L., Morris, H., Knibbs, L., and Capasso, A. Strategies, techniques, and sampling strategies for determining the concentrations of manufactured nanomaterials in air. Accepted for publication in 2017 by research partner the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). • McGarry, P. Expert Report to the Australian Capital Territory Taskforce on the Long Term Management of Loose Filled Asbestos Insulation in Canberra Homes, 2014 • McGarry, P., Morawska, L., Morris, H., Knibbs, L., Bostrum, T., and Capasso, A. Measurement of particle emissions from nanotechnology processes, with assessment of measurement techniques and workplace controls, which was written for, and published in 2013 by research partner Safe Work Australia (SWA), • McGarry, P., Jayaratne, R., Falk P., Morawska, L., Morris, H., He, C.,, M., and Wang, L. Nanoparticles from printer emissions in workplace environments, written for, and published in 2011 by research partner Safe Work Australia (SWA),


Scale of Nanotechnology Research Effort:

My PhD completed at QUT in 2016 title was NANOPARTICLES IN THE WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT: EMISSIONS, TRANSPORT, DYNAMICS AND EFFECTIVENESS OF CONTROL. My desire for membership of ANN relates to contributing to ongoing health and safety aspects of nanotechnology.


Nanotechnology research facilities:

I currently work for the Qld government OHS Regulator and have been working in the field of occupational health and hygiene for 20 years. Currently, I am employed by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland as the Chief Safety Advisor – Asbestos and Manager of the Asbestos Unit, and recently prior to that as Chief Advisor – Asbestos and Occupational Hygiene. In these roles, I worked both an occupational hygiene and health practitioner and lead a team of occupational hygiene and health practitioners who specialise in risk management of hazards such as asbestos, hazardous chemicals, particles, noise, vibration, lead, heat stress and biological hazards. To ensure my own occupational hygiene practice is to a very high standard, I have completed a Diploma in Health Science, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Health and Safety, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene, and a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety. In 2016, I completed a PhD within the research area of methods for measuring nanoparticles and other particles emitted by nanotechnology processes, and have published a number of related papers in the scientific literature.


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