Presenter Bio: Gregor Riese
Gregor Riese is a director and principal consultant for the indoor environment and risk management consultancy Opira Group. He completed a Masters in Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology with ECU in 2018 and subsequently worked with SafeWork Australia’s GHS harmonisation program specifically focussed on the health impacts of diesel engine emissions and welding fumes. Gregor presented papers at the AIOH 2018 conference on the topic of health risks of in-building sewage treatment systems, and the 2019 conference on the topic of cancer declarations by IARC and their impact on exposure standards. Prior to completing his training as an occupational hygienist, Gregor worked as an environmental planner/project consultant servicing the waste management and recycling industries. His current professional focus is on indoor air quality and ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for office-based workers. He recently gained certification as a WELL Accredited Practitioner and has accreditation NABERS Indoor Environment assessor.
Air cleaning technologies are running well ahead of the health and safety regulators capacity to protect public health from the unintended (and often non-disclosed) consequences of their use. This presentations focuses specifically on the health risks associated with the secondary chemistry of many common/well known technologies, as well as some of the less understood risks with the new/emerging technologies. The presentation will cover traditional air cleaning methods such as filtration, but also take a deeper dive into the application of UV germicidal irradiation and the possible risks associted with its increasingly widespread use. The very strong regulator responses to some novel air cleaning technologies will also be examined which provides an informative and entertaining backdrop for the science being presented.