Dr Sharyn Gaskin

 Position Senior Research Fellow
 Org Unit Public Health
 Email sharyn.gaskin@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4957
 Location
  • Biography/ Background

    2011-present: Research Academic & Occupational Hygienist in Occupational & Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide, Australia
    2009-2010: Postdoctoral Researcher, Australian Antarctic Division, Hobart, Australia (Included 3 months field-work on Macquarie Island Sub-Antarctic Station).
    2005-2008: PhD in Environmental Health, Flinders University, Australia
    1999-2003: BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health, Flinders University, Australia

  • Research Interests

    My research interests are primarily focussed on occupational and environmental exposure science including industry-wide studies in healthcare, pest control, manufacturing, emergency services and mining industries.

    I am also currently supervisor of PhD and Honours students, whose topics are as follows:

    • Honours candidate Caitlin Hobbs (2017) Dermal absorption of cancer chemotherapeutic drugs in a clinical setting.

    • PhD candidate Yonatal Tefera (2017- ) Occupational health aspects of Floriculture: Exposure assessment and risk management.
    • PhD candidate SoYoung Lee (2015- ) Blue light hazards in the workplace: Literature review and experimental studies of potential worker exposure.
    • PhD candidate Manuel Vivera (2017- ) Health risks for cabin crew in helicopters deploying pyrotechnic countermeasures - Case Study of MTV flares.
    • PhD Graduate Ismaniza Ismail (2012-2015) Occupational exposure to organophosphorus pesticides: Exploratory case studies of factors influencing glove performance and skin penetration.

  • Research Funding

    Australian Government (Defence) MOU with the US Government concerning Combating Terrorism Research and Development Grant (2016-18): Risk-based Decision-making for Skin Decontamination for CBR Incidents - Phase 3. (CI.1; $ 1,043,198)

    Australian Government (Defence Science & Technology Group) MOU concerning Combating Terrorism Research and Development Grant with the US Government – National Security (2013-2016): Risk-based Decision-making for Skin Decontamination for CBR Incidents – Phase 2. (CI.2; $840,188).

     

     SafeWork SA WHS Research Grant Program (2014-2015): A regulatory framework for carcinogens: Development and trial of an evidence-based audit tool for cytotoxic drugs in hospitals. (CI.1; $95,589).

     

    Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Research Grant Program (2012): Formative study of human exposure to zinc phosphide during the on-farm preparation of mouse baits (Phase 1). (CI.2: $191,500).

     

    GRDC R&D Open Tender (2012/3): Human exposure to zinc phosphide during the on-farm preparation of mouse baits (Phase 2). (CI.2: $120,000).

     

    SafeWork SA OHSW Small Grants Programme (2011): Understanding and managing occupational health risks from fungal contamination in indoor environments. (CI.1; $37,478).

    SafeWork SA Augusta Zadow Scholarship (2011): Area of research/professional development: The influence of cosmetics on the skin absorption of chemicals amongst female workers ($10,000).

     

  • Publications

    Heath, L., Gaskin, S., Pisaniello, D., Crea, J., Logan, M. and Baxter, C., (2017) Skin absorption of ethylene oxide gas following exposures relevant to HAZMAT incidents. Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 61(5): 589-595.

    Gaskin, S., Heath, L., Pisaniello, D., Edwards, J.W., Logan, M. and Baxter, C., (2017) Dermal absorption of fumigant gases during HAZMAT incident exposure scenarios - Methyl bromide, Sulfuryl fluoride and Chloropicrin. Toxicology and Industrial Health, 33(7): 547-554.

    Gaskin, S., Heath, L., Pisaniello, D., Evans, R.; Edwards, J., Logan, M., Baxter, C.  (2016) Hydrogen sulphide and phosphine interactions with human skin in vitro: application to HAZMAT incident decision-making for skin decontamination. Tox & Industrial Health, accepted 4 Jan 2016.  

    Ismail, I., Pisaniello, D., Gaskin, S., & Edwards, J. W., (2015), Dermal Exposures to Organophosphorus Pesticides for Ambulance Workers - Permeation Through Disposable Gloves: Findings for Omethoate, J Health & Safety Research & Practice, 7(1): 14-22

    Rogawansamy, S.; Gaskin, S.; Taylor, M.; Pisaniello, D. (2015) An Evaluation of Antifungal Agents for the Treatment of Fungal Contamination in Indoor Air Environments. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 12:6319-6332.

    Gaskin, S., Pisaniello, D., Edwards, J., Bromwich, D., Reed, S., Logan, M., Baxter, C. (2014) In-vitro methods for testing dermal absorption and penetration of toxic gases. Tox Mechanisms & Methods, 24(1):70-2.

    Taylor, M., Gaskin, S., Bentham, R., Pisaniello, D., (2014) Airborne fungal profiles in office buildings in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia: background levels, diversity and seasonal variation. Indoor & Built Environment, 23(7):1002-11.

    Gaskin, S., Pisaniello, D., Edwards, J., Bromwich, D., Reed, S., Logan, M., Baxter, C. (2013) Chlorine and hydrogen cyanide gas interactions with human skin: In vitro studies to inform decontamination in HAZMAT incidents. J of Hazardous Materials, 262: 759-65.

    Gaskin, S., Pisaniello, D., Edwards, J., Bromwich, D., Reed, S., Logan, M., Baxter, C. (2013) Application of skin contamination studies of ammonia gas for management of hazardous material incidents. J of Hazardous Materials, 252-235: 338-346.

    te Brake, L., Gaskin, S., Pisaniello, D., Edwards, J., Bromwich, D., Reed, S., Scheepers, P. (2012) Effects of street clothing, sunscreen, and temperature on skin absorption of organophosphate pesticides – a review and case study of diazinon. J  Health & Safety Research & Practice, 4(1): 10-18.

    Lease, C., Bentham, R., Gaskin, S., Juhasz, A. (2011) Isolation and identification of pyrene mineralizing Mycobacterium spp. from contaminated and uncontaminated sources. Applied & Environmental Soil Science, In press.doi:10.1155/2011/409643

    Gaskin, S. and Bentham, R. (2010) Rhizoremediation of hydrocarbon-contaminated soil using Australian native grasses. Science of the Total Environment, 408: 3683-8.

    Gaskin, S., Soole, K. and Bentham, R. (2008) Screening of Australian native grasses for rhizoremediation of aliphatic hydrocarbon-contaminated soil. Int J of Phytoremediation, 10: 378-389.

    Gaskin, S., Bentham, R., Cromar, N. and Fallowfield, H. (2007) The zoonotic potential of dogs in Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. Environmental Health, 7: 36-45.

    Gaskin, S. and Bentham, R. (2005) Comparison of enrichment methods for the isolation of pyrene-degrading bacteria. Int Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 56: 80-85.

  • Professional Associations

    Member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH)

     

    Member of the British Institute of Occupational Hygiene (BOHS)

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