Dr Neale Jackson

Position

Senior Lecturer

School /
Work Unit

Applied Sciences

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 2681

neale.jackson@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 3
Level: 1
Room: 8D

City Campus

College/Portfolio

Science, Engineering & Health

"Dr. Neale Jackson"

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (First Class Hons - Chemical Sciences), University of Leeds (UK), 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Deakin University, 2003
  • Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne, 1995
  • Graduate Diploma in Toxicology, RMIT, 2007
  • Master of Professional Education and Training, Deakin University 2007
  • Master of Applied Science (Toxicology), 2009
  • PhD (Applied Chemistry), University of Leeds (UK), 1989

Academic and teaching activities

Dr Neale Jackson is the Program Leader for B.Sc Applied Sciences (Multi Major) and is also a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) in RMIT University, School of Applied Sciences. He is an active researcher in the area of nanosafety and nanotechnology. Neale maintains active links with industrial companies and the national OH&S regulator, SafeWork Australia.Dr Jackson is a laboratory Safety specialist who lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in laboratory safety across the School of Applied Science. Neale coordinates the Laboratory Safety short courses for the School. These 3-day workshops, Safety in Laboratories (AS2243 and AS2982) are delivered in association with industry partners. In addition, Neale runs 1-day workshops in Safety in School Laboratories. These workshops have been run locally at RMIT, industry sites in Australia (e.g. CSIRO, DSTO, Baker Institute, UniSA) as well as in China and India.

Neale is the coordinator of courses in Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety (PUBH1369), Chemistry Principles (CHEM1242) (semester 2 offering) and Science Project (ONPS2186). He also teaches the OH&S component of Research Methods for Honours (ONPS2412) and Science Skills and Communication (ONPS2334/2375).

His teaching activities include on-campus and through Open University Australia.

Recent research activities

1. Nanotechnology

a) SafeWork practices for working with engineered nanomaterials

Dr Jackson’s work was on developing the safe work practices and control measures required to protect workers from exposure to engineered nanomaterials (2007-2009). This project was completed in two parts.

i) The first part the practical phase involved a series of walk through audits at research facilities who work with carbon nanotubes. The work practices and control measures used in this workplace were determined and a gap analysis made to compare with recommended work practices. This work resulted in a complete review and change of work practices at these important research facilities.

ii) The second part of this project was the review of the evidence for the effectiveness of workplace controls that are effective to protect workers from exposure to engineered nanomaterials. This work was funded by a grant ($61,260) from SafeWork Australia and resulted in a recent government report. This work has been nationally and internationally reviewed by a number of parties including government regulators, unions and research organisations.

b) Investigating substitution and modification options to reduce potential hazards associated with engineered nanomaterials: A completed project with SafeWork Australia funded by a $52,600 grant. The report from this project was recently published by SafeWork Australia.

c) Development of a short course on nanotechnology work health and safety with an Australian context: An ongoing project with SafeWork Australia funded by a $83,600 grant. Once developed the course will be presented nationally in Australia.

2. Laboratory Safety: Development of Snet, the chemical laboratory safetyNet.

This project which was completed in 2008 involved the development of effective multimedia CD based resources for online OHS induction for lab workers at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This project involved the use of QTVRs in of 14 different laboratories and associated areas to provide both detailed hazard and control information through a series of ‘hot spots’. The work was a collaborative project between Melbourne University, Monash University and RMIT University (from 2003-2008) through the VICS collaboration ($100,000) grant and has resulted in a creative work publication. In 2010 an extra laboratory scenario, a Food Science Pilot Plant was added into Snet and revisions were made to reflect current OHS legislation. There is an ongoing effort to ensure Snet is updated to reflect up to date work practices and legislation.

Industry, professional and community involvement

Dr. Jackson continues to be actively involved in the Safety Institute of Australia. Previously, he was the Victorian Vice President and Chair of Victorian Education Committee. He was a previous chairman of the membership grading committee of this organisation.

Publications

Books - authored - research

  • Jackson N., Lopata A., Elms T. and Wright P. (2009) Engineered nanomaterials: Evidence of the effectiveness of workplace controls to prevent exposure. Safe Work Australia, Commonwealth of Australia publication. Online publication date: 4 Nov. 2009. ISBN 978-0-642-32884-7. 82 pages.
  • Jackson N., Tepe S. and Wright P. (2010) Engineered nanomaterials: Investigating substitution and modification options to reduce potential hazards. Safe Work Australia, Commonwealth of Australia publication. Online publication date: 2 Aug. 2010. ISBN 978-0-642-33100-7. 81 pages.
  • Wright P.F.A. & Jackson N.R.C. (2013) Safety of engineered nanomaterials and OH&S issues for commercial scale production in Nanotechnology Commercialization, edited by Takuya Tsuzuki, Pan Stanford Publishing, ISBN 978-981-4303-28-6.

Journal articles

  • Hugel H.M., Jackson N. (2014) ‘Danshen diversity defeating dementia’, in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Pergamon, United Kingdom, 24, 3, 708-716 ISSN: 0960-894X
  • Lo K., Cornell H., Nicoletti G., Jackson N., Hügel H. (2012) A Study of Fluorinated β-Nitrostyrenes as Antimicrobial Agents, Appl. Sci. 2012, 2, 114-128; doi:10.3390/app2010114
  • Hunt-Sturman A., Jackson N. (2009) Development and evaluation of a risk management methodology for pedestrian surfaces, Safety Science 47 131–137.
  • Hugel H.M., Jackson N. (2012) Redox Chemistry of Green Tea Polyphenols: Therapeutic Benefits in Neurodegenerative Diseases, Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry, 12, 380-387.
  • Hugel H.M., Jackson N., May B.H. and Xue C.C.I. (2012) Chinese Herbs for Dementia Disease, Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry, 12, 371-379.
  • Hugel H.M., Jackson N. (2012) Special Feature Organo-Fluorine Chemical Science, Appl. Sci. 2012, 2, 558-565; doi:10.3390/app2020558

Conference presentations/abstracts

  • Wright P.F.A., Jackson N.R.C. (2010) Engineered Nanomaterials: Recent Nanotoxicology and Nanosafety Issues. Proc. 5th Australian Health & Medical Research Congress (AHMRC, Nov. 14-18, Melbourne).
  • Wright P.F.A., Jackson N.R.C. (2010) Engineered Nanomaterials: Nanotoxicology and Nanosafety Issues. Proc. International Nanomedicine conference (NanoMed2010, June 30 - July 2, Sydney).
  • Wright P.F.A., Morris H., Turney T.W., Jackson N.R.C. (2010) Engineered Nanomaterials: Potential substitution and modification options to reduce workplace hazards. Proc. of ICONN2010 (Feb., Sydney), #830 (oral).
  • Jackson N.R.C., Morris H., Wright P.F.A. (2010) Engineered Nanomaterials: Evidence on the Effectiveness of Workplace Controls to Prevent Exposure. Proc. of ICONN2010 (Feb., Sydney), #776 (oral).
  • Tutungi V., McCall M.,Jackson N.R.C., Wright P.F.A. (2008) Nanosafety Challenges and Opportunities for Australian Nanotechnologies. Proceedings of ICONN2008 (Feb., Melbourne).
  • Jackson N.R.C., Morris H., Wright P.F.A. (2010) Engineered Nanomaterials: Evidence on the Effectiveness of Workplace Controls to Prevent Exposure. (Sept., Parliament House, Canberra), Nanotechnology Work Health and Safety Symposium (oral).
  • Wright P.F.A., Morris H., Tepe S., Jackson N.R.C. (2010) Engineered Nanomaterials: Investigating Substitution and Modification Options to Prevent Exposure. (Sept., Parliament House, Canberra), Nanotechnology Work Health and Safety Symposium (oral).

Invited presentations

  • Wright P.F.A., Jackson N.R.C., Allan J. Co-presenters of “ICONN 2010 Short Course 1: Effective Risk Assessment and Work Practices for Use with Engineered Nanomaterials” at 3rd International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2010, Feb. 2010, Sydney).
  • Jackson N.R.C. Presenter of “Overview of Nanosafey Issues” in “Panel Discussion 1: Nano Safety” at RMIT Platform Technologies Research Institute (PTRI) 2009 Annual Symposium (14 July, Melbourne).
  • Wright P.F.A., Jackson N.R.C. Co-presenters of “Practical Protocols for Nanoparticles of Concern (NPOCs)” HAZMAT 2008 (May 2008, Melbourne).
  • Jackson N.R.C. Presenter of Snet: “Risk Assessment in a Virtual Laboratory Environment” HAZMAT 2010 (May 2010, Melbourne)

Unpublished research reports

Refereed technical reports

  • Wright P.F.A., Jackson N.R.C. (2007). “Final report to CSIRO on walk-through audit at TFT Belmont and Clayton carbon nanotube sites”. For CSIRO TFT, Belmont, Victoria. March 2008, 15 pages.
  • Wright P.F.A., Jackson N.R.C. (2007). “Intermediate report to CSIRO on walk-through audit at TFT Belmont and Clayton carbon nanotube sites”. For CSIRO Textiles & Fibre Technology, Belmont, Victoria. December 2007, 7 pages.

Research grant income received

  • Project & names of CIs: “Development of a short course on nanotechnology work health and safety with an Australian context” Jackson N., Stevens, L., Goldsmith, C., Thomas S.
    Role in project: Project Manager and Chief Investigator
    Funding organisation: Safe Work Australia (formerly ASCC), Project AD11/004184
    Commencement date: July 2011 (Due for completion December 2014)
    Duration: 3 year
    Total Grant Amount AUD: $83,600

  • Project & names of CIs: “Investigating substitution and modification options to reduce potential hazards associated with engineered nanomaterials” Jackson N., Wright, P.F.A., Tepe S.
    Role in project: Co-Chief Investigator & Project Manager
    Funding organisation: Safe Work Australia (formerly ASCC), Project WR08/19368
    Commencement date: February 2009 (Completed)
    Duration: 1 year
    Total Grant Amount AUD: $52,800

  • Project & names of CIs: “Evidence on the effectiveness of workplace controls to prevent exposure to engineered nanomaterials”. Jackson N., Wright, P.F.A., Lopata A., Elms T.
    Role in project: Co-Chief Investigator & Project Manager
    Funding organisation: Safe Work Australia (formerly ASCC), Project WR08/4059.
    Commencement date: April 2008 (Completed)
    Duration: 1 year
    Total Grant Amount AUD: $61,260

  • Project & names of CIs: “Walk-Through Audits at CSIRO TFT Belmont and Clayton Carbon Nanotube Sites”. Wright, P.F.A., Jackson N.
    Role in project: Co-Chief Investigator & Project Manager
    Funding organisation: CSIRO Research Project (2007/00711).
    Commencement date: October 2007 (Completed)
    Duration: 6 months
    Total Grant Amount AUD: $4,800