Doctor Maggie Davidson

Doctor Maggie Davidson

Lecturer, Environmental Health and Management,
Natural Science (SoSH)

Lecturer, Environmental Health and Management,
Natural Science (SoSH)

Biography

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • BSc(Hons) University of Western Sydney
  • BAppSc(EH) University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Microbiology (2011 - 2015)
  • Full Member Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (2004 - 2016)
  • British Occupational Hygiene Society (2009 - 2016)

Interests

  • Occupational Hygiene Assessment
  • Aerosol Toxicology
  • Biological Aerosols
  • Environmental Health
  • Metagenomics
  • Public Health

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Natural Science (SoSH)
  • Natural Science (SoSH)

Contact

Email: Ma.Davidson@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4570 1413
Mobile:
Location: M15.G.16
Hawkesbury
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300867 Disease Prevention and Control, 2016
  • 300852 Air Quality and Climate Change, 2017
  • 300919 Occupational Health and Safety, 2018

Publications

Books

  • Reed, S., Quartararo, M., Kift, R., Davidson, M. and Mulley, R. (2006), 'Respiratory Illness in Farmers - Dust and bioaerosols exposures in animal handling facilities', : Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation 1741513707.

Chapters in Books

  • Davidson, M. and Thornton, S. (2013), 'Biological hazards', Principles of Occupational Health and Hygiene: An Introduction, Allen & Unwin 9781743311295.

Journal Articles

  • Davidson, M., Schaeffer, J., Clark, M., Magzamen, S., Brooks, E., Keefe, T., Bradford, M., Roman-Muniz, N., Mehaffy, J., Dooley, G., Poole, J., Mitloehner, F., Reed, S., Schenker, M. and Reynolds, S. (2018), 'Personal exposure of dairy workers to dust, endotoxin, muramic acid, ergosterol and ammonia on large-scale dairies in the high plains western United States', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, vol 15, no 3 , pp 182 - 193.
  • Davidson, M., Reed, S., Oosthuizen, J., O?Donnell, G., Gaur, P., Cross, M. and Dennis, G. (2018), 'Occupational health and safety in cannabis production : an Australian perspective', International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, vol 24, no 3-4 , pp 75 - 85.
  • Schaeffer, J., Chandler, J., Davidson, M., Magzamen, S., Perez-Mendez, A., Reynolds, S., Goodridge, L., Volckens, J., Franklin, A., Shriner, S. and Bisha, B. (2018), 'Detection of viruses from bioaerosols using anion exchange resin', Journal of Visualized Experiments, vol 138 .
  • Chandler, J., Schaeffer, J., Davidson, M., Magzamen, S., Perez-Mendez, A., Reynolds, S., Goodridge, L., Volckens, J., Franklin, A., Shriner, S. and Bisha, B. (2017), 'A method for the improved detection of aerosolized influenza viruses and the male-specific (F+) RNA coliphage MS2', Journal of Virological Methods, vol 246 , pp 38 - 14.
  • Mulloy, K., Sumner, S., Rose, C., Conway, G., Reynolds, S., Davidson, M., Heidel, D. and Layde, P. (2013), 'Renewable energy and occupational health and safety research directions : a white paper from the Energy Summit, Denver Colorado, April 11-13, 2011', American Journal of Industrial Medicine, vol 56, no 11 , pp 1359 - 1370.
  • Reynolds, S., Nonnenmann, M., Basinas, I., Davidson, M., Elfman, L., Gordon, J., Kirychuck, S., Reed, S., Schaeffer, J., Schenker, M., Schlunssen, V. and Sigsgaard, T. (2013), 'Systematic review of respiratory health among dairy workers', Journal of Agromedicine, vol 18, no 3 , pp 219 - 243.
  • Reynolds, S., Clark, M., Koehncke, N., Von Essen, S., Prinz, L., Keefe, T., Mehaffy, J., Bradford, M., Cranmer, B., Davidson, M., Yang, I. and Burch, J. (2012), 'Pulmonary function reductions among potentially susceptible subgroups of agricultural workers in Colorado and Nebraska', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol 54, no 5 , pp 632 - 641.
  • Davidson, M., Reed, S. and Markham, J. (2011), 'Evaluation of the impact of indoor smoking bans on air quality in Australian licensed clubs', Air Quality and Climate Change, vol 45, no 1 , pp 12 - 13.
  • Kift, R., Reed, S., Mulley, R. and Davidson, M. (2007), 'Comparing shearing shed dust and bioaerosol concentrations over a three-year period', The Journal of Occupational Health and Safety: Australia and New Zealand, vol 23, no 3 , pp 219 - 224.

Conference Papers

  • Gardner, M., Reed, S. and Davidson, M. (2018), 'Assessment of worker exposure to occupational organic dust in hemp processing facility', Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists. Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Chandler, J., Davidson, M., Schaeffer, J., Perez-Mendez, A., Volckens, J., Magzamen, S., Goodridge, L., Reynolds, S. and Bisha, B. (2015), 'Development of an improved sampling method for concentrating viruses from bioaerosols', International Association for Food Protection. Annual Meeting, Portland, Or..
  • Schaeffer, J., Volckens, J., Davidson, M., Van Dyke, A., Krause, L., Tryon, J., Bradford, M. and Reynolds, S. (2014), 'Size characterization and composition of inhalable bioaerosols at Colorado dairies', Nordic Meeting on Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety , Porvoo, Finland.
  • Reynolds, S., Clark, M., Davidson, M., Keefe, T., Mehaffy, J., Bradford, M., Poole, J., Mitloehner, F., Schenker, M. and Yang, I. (2014), 'Candidate innate immunity genes and cross shift pulmonary function changes among Western US dairy workers', Nordic Meeting on Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety, Porvoo, Finland.
  • Davidson, M., Hawley, B., Schaeffer, J., Bradford, M., Volckens, J. and Reynolds, S. (2014), 'Use of Rhino-Probe sampling for analyzing cross-shift variation in the expression of IL8, IL6 and TNF alpha in nasal epithelial cells from Colorado dairy workers', Nordic Meeting on Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety, Porvoo, Finland.
  • Davidson, M., Hawley, B., Schaeffer, J., Volckens, J. and Reynolds, S. (2014), 'Extraction of RNA from rhino-probe samples : the good, the bad and the ugly', International Symposium on Safety and Health in Agriculture and Rural Populations, Saskatoon, Canada.
  • Reynolds, S., Clark, M., Davidson, M., Keefe, T., Mehaffy, J., Bradford, M., Poole, J., Mitloehner, F., Schenker, M. and Yang, I. (2014), 'Candidate TLR and NLR innate immunity genes and cross shift pulmonary function changes among Western US dairy workers', International Symposium on Safety and Health in Agriculture and Rural Populations, Saskatoon, Canada.
  • Davidson, M., Goodridge, L., Bledar, B. and Reynolds, S. (2013), 'Evaluation of the NIOSH BC-251 personal bioaerosol sampler for sampling viable and culturable pathogenic bacteria', American Industrial Hygiene Association. Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  • Davidson, M., Reynolds, S., Clark, M., Keefe, T., Mehaffy, J., Bradford, M., Roman-Muniz, N., Dooley, G., Poole, J., Mitloehner, F. and Schenker, M. (2013), 'Tasked based assessment of dairy worker exposure to bioaerosols', American Industrial Hygiene Association. Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  • Davidson, M., Clark, M., Keefe, T., Mehaffy, J., Bradford, M., Roman-Muniz, N., Dooley, G., Poole, J., Mitloehner, F., Schenker, M. and Reynolds, S. (2012), 'Similar exposure group (task) based analysis of bioaerosol exposures in dairies', Nordic Meeting on Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety, Ystad, Sweden.
  • Davidson, M. and Reed, S. (2006), 'Prelimerary Assessment of Real-Time Air Quality Instruments foir Monitoring Environmental Tobacco Smoke', 24th Annual Conference of the Australian Institute of Occuaptional Hygienists, Gold Coast Australia.
  • Kift, R., Reed, S., Mulley, R., Davidson, M. and Cusbert, S. (2005), 'Comparison of indoor and outdoor bioaerosol concentrations in sheep shearing sheds in Eastern NSW', IOHA2005: Promoting Occupational Hygiene in Africa and Globally, North West Province, South Africa.

Respirable Crystalline Silica Exposure in the Engineered Stone Industry in Collaboration with Edith Cowan University, TestSafe NSW

An outbreak of accelerated silicosis has been documented in the global engineered stone industry.  There is no cure for this disease, and prevention is the only cure.  Western Sydney University in conjunction with TestSafe NSW and Edith Cowan University are currently investigating exposure to respirable crystalline silica, solvents and noise in the engineered stone industry, and assessment of controls to reduce worker exposure to potentially hazardous substances.  

From Farm to Pharmacy: Occupational Health and Safety in the Australian Marijuana Industry-2016 ongoing- in collaboration with Edith Cowan UniversityRole: Co PI

In February 2016 the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 was amended to enable the lawful cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products. Cannabis was a Schedule 9 prohibited substance under the Australian Therapeutic Good (TGA) Administration’s Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicine and Poisons (SUSMP) with limited exceptions.  However, the restrictions on its use have been changed to allow for the limited production medicinal grade cannabis for research in Australia.   Worker health and safety relating to the rapidly developing field of medical cannabis has primarily been focused on its potential use workplace (Phillips et al., 2015), and there is limited knowledge regarding the health and safety issues associated with cultivation, processing and manufacture of medicinal cannabis.  The aim of this project is to anticipate and evaluate potential health and safety hazards associated with the cultivation and manufacture of cannabis-based medicinal, dietary, textile and construction products to aid the emergent Australian cannabis industry in the development of best practice guidelines for workplace health and safety.

New innovations in screening for coal miners’ pneumoconiosis (black lung)-2016 ongoing - in collaboration with Edith Cowan UniversityRole: Co PI

CDC/NIOSH MAP ERC Pilot Grants, Davidson (PI) 2014-2015Microbial sampling and metagenomic approaches for workplace exposure studies Role: Co PI

CSU Ventures Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program, Reynolds (PI) 2014-2015Modified Bioaerosol Sampling for Influenza Virus in Agricultural EnvironmentsRole: Co PI

CDC/NIOSH HICAHS Pilot Grants,  Bisha (PI) 2013-2014Modified Bioaerosol Sampling for Influenza Virus in Agricultural EnvironmentsRole: Co Investigator

CDC/NIOSH 2 U54 OH008085 Schaeffer (PI) 2013-2014Modelling and Predicting Microbiomes in Dairies: A Metagenomic Assessment of Bioaerosols. Role: Co PI

CDC/NIOSH 2 U54 OH008085 Davidson (PI) 2012-2013Bioaerosol Monitoring: preventing the spread of infectious diseases among farmers. Role: PI 

The Impact of Indoor Smoking Bans on Air Quality Inside and Outside of Australian Licensed Clubs - PhDRole: PI

Evaluation of the Endpoint LAL Assay for the Assessment of Airborne Endotoxin in Australian Animal Handling Environments - HonoursRole: PI

This information has been contributed by Doctor Davidson.

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