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UCD Centre for Safety and Health at Work

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Research

Research
The Centre provides a focus for research initiatives carried out either entirely at UCD or jointly with other organisations. For further information on the Centre and its activities, please contact us 

Current research is carried out by Professor Anne Drummond and Associate Professor Conor Buggy and Associate Professor Penpatra Sripaiboonkij.

 

Anne Drummond is Professor in Occupational Safety and Health in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Director of the UCD Centre for Safety and Health, and UCD Head of Subject in Occupational Safety and Health (2009 to date). Her research interests are in the areas of: a) occupational accident and disease recording, reporting and surveillance systems, and b) education for occupational safety and health professionals, including associated issues of barriers, access and progression within higher education for working and professional adult students.

Anne has led and authored commissioned reports that have informed Irish work-related accident and disease national data management policy and has worked with the Irish Health and Safety Authority on projects that optimise existing data for research purposes and policy development. She has also worked with public health colleagues on large scale public health studies including: Insight (2007) and the All Ireland Traveller Health Study (2010). She was PI on a national study on the prevalence of drugs use and health in Irish Prisons (2014) and on a project investigating the extent of underestimation of work-related road traffic fatalities in Ireland, using coroner data (2017). Read Anne’s full research profile here.

 

Conor Buggy is an Environmental Scientist working as Assistant Professor in Occupational and Environmental Studies in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. Conor is the Programme Coordinator for the Masters in Occupational Safety and Health and Professional Certificate in Environmental Management programmes. His main research focus is currently on the impact education and training can have in organisational settings to change behaviour in particular cohorts. One study focuses on the occupational health management of professional athletes and how occupational health awareness training can lead to better decision making for athletes’ long-term wellbeing.

Another research project is linked to the TCD Masters in Development Practice. The project, in collaboration with Dr. Gayle McGlynn (TCD), involves a staged evaluation of climate change awareness in the education system of a developing nation, and is run in partnership with DUCE (Dar Es Salaam University College of Education) in Tanzania. The ultimate aim of this project is to prepare an educational package to ensure secondary school teachers of all disciplines can understand climate change and introduce to secondary school students effectively. Conor has been working with the UCD Centre for Safety and Health since 2010. Read Conor’s full research profile here.

 

Penpatra Sripaiboonkij is Assistant Professor in Occupational Safety and Health in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. Penpatra is Programme Coordinator for the Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Wellbeing at Work.
Her current research interests focus on the health effects from air pollution especially in identifying susceptible population groups and planning and implementing appropriate prevention and protection measures to mitigate the expected adverse health effects of occupational respiratory health hazards. Her special interest is focused on work physiology, occupational respiratory health, epidemiology in occupational health and safety. Penpatra has been working with the UCD Centre for Safety and Health since 2016. Read Penpatra’s full research profile here.