Alyce’s career has been centered around Ergonomics and Human Factors, with a focus on workplace injury prevention. Alyce’s experience includes occupational health and safety, injury management, the delivery of manual task and risk awareness training programs (in the healthcare and the mining/ resources industry). Alyce has a special interest in the application of Ergonomics to prevent injuries in both workplaces and homes.
Alyce’s experience began with BHP Olympic Dam focusing on Ergonomics / Human Factors to assist in reducing the risk of injuries in all job tasks, particularly musculoskeletal injuries. Work environments included underground mining, refinery processing plant, gold / silver processing plant, surface operations (for internal employees and contractors). Risks were identified using risk assessments specific to musculoskeletal injuries, with Australian Standards / International Standards used to assist when providing recommendations. Alyce was also part of developing a Stretching Champion package that was run on site in the different departments as a way to further assist with wellness and injury prevention.
Following BHP, Alyce commenced with the public health sector as Ergonomics Coordinator, again focusing on the reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries for internal employees. This involved risk assessments with recommendations, recommended preferred equipment for employee and patient use (e.g. patient handling equipment), development of training packages, and delivery of training as required.
Within the same facility, Alyce also engaged in positions in OHS and Injury Management.
OHS duties included reviewing reported hazards, risk assessing and developing recommendations; completion of audits; and assisting with injury management investigations.
Alyce then moved onto the private health sector where she performed all of the above duties, and was also part of obtaining AS4001/18001 certification (safety management systems) for the facility, including ongoing reviews / certification processes. Alyce facilitated a number of equipment trials to assist when purchasing new equipment (e.g. beds, bed movers, trolley movers, cleaning equipment), and worked with the Project team to ensure additions / renovation to the facility to ensure potential risks were being reduced / eliminated in the design phase.
Qualifications & Membership:
Bachelor Occupational Therapy (HONS) – James Cook University
Full Member of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA)
Graduate Diploma Human Factors & Safety Management Systems
Cert IV Training, Assessment and Education
Member of the Golden Key International Honor Society