Dr. Elaine Lindars

Dr. Elaine Lindars

Dr Elaine Lindars is a Certified Occupational Hygienist with the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH), a Member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), a Chartered Chemist with the Royal Australian Institute of Chemistry, a Chartered Professional Member of the Safety Institute of Australia and a Registered Safety Professional through the Safety Institute of Australia.

She has a PhD in geochemistry, a postgraduate qualification in industrial hygiene, an honours degree in environmental chemistry and 30 years’ experience in occupational, environmental and analytical chemistry.

She was an atmospheric chemist with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and AEA Technology, lectured in Environmental Health Management at Curtin University and worked at the ChemCentre WA (State Government laboratory) as a chemist, hygienist and HazMat first responder for Western Australia. Elaine has also been employed by Rio Tinto as the Iron Ore Health and Hygiene Specialist and more recently undertaken hygiene consultancy, where she worked in mining, oil and gas, utilities and defence.

Elaine’s experience is in assessing and managing occupational dust, vapour, gases, noise, thermal stress, vibration, hazardous substances and dangerous goods, water quality, microbial assessments, indoor air quality and remote site issues. She is also experienced in PPE requirements, fitness for work issues, such as fatigue and alcohol and other drugs, illness and injury reporting, health and safety management systems, occupational hazard identification and risk assessment. She has audited extensively at iron ore, alumina, uranium and coal, mines and refineries.


Her broad experience across environmental chemistry, occupational hygiene and emergency response has provided Elaine with unique skills and background to manage site health and occupational hygiene issues. Elaine has worked as an atmospheric chemist with the UK Atomic Energy Authority & AEA Technology; at Curtin University & ECU; the ChemCentre as a researcher, hygienist & HazMat/CBR first responder; Rio Tinto as a hygiene specialist; and in consultancy.

  • Ph.D. in Palaeontology & Geochemistry
  • Post graduate in Occupational Hygiene
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Environmental Chemistry
  • Diploma of Business
  • Environmental Auditor Certificate (ISO 14001) (NATA)
  • CONTAM Registered (WA)
  • Occupational hygiene and environmental investigations & solutions
  • HSE hazard identification and risk assessments
  • Assessing and managing occupational issues:
    • dust, vapour, gases
    • asbestos and asbestiform fibres
    • noise and vibration
    • hazardous substances and dangerous goods
    • thermal stress
    • water quality
    • indoor air quality (including microbiology)
  • Emergency response: resolving & preparedness for HazMat events
  • Previous State first responder for HazMat and CBR terrorism
  • Fitness for work issues, such as fatigue, alcohol and other drugs
  • Developing, implementing and auditing HSE management systems
  • Development and delivery of training programmes, facilitation of workshops
  • Data interpretation & statistical assessments
  • Respirator & Hearing Protection Fit Testing


  • Teaching, presenting
  • NATA Accredited Laboratory Services
  • Full Member of the AIOH (Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene) - MAIOH and COH
  • Member of the ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists)
  • Chartered Professional member of the SIA (Safety Institute of Australia) - CPMSIA
  • Registered Safety Professional with the SIA (Safety Institute of Australia) - RSP
  • Chartered Chemist with the RACI (Royal Australian Chemical Institute) - MRACI CChem