About Kirsten Olsen

About (eg: job title and organisation) I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, Massey University, teaching Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) (hazard management, regulation, employee participation and accident causation) and Projects in OHS. I conduct my research in the Centre for Ergonomics Occupational Safety and Health, currently on evaluation of national OHS programmes, the role of OHS practitioners and worker participation in OHS management. I have 20+ years research experience from Denmark and New Zealand in: OHS consequences of new technology and organisational change; OHS management; barriers and opportunities for worker participation. I aim to make my research useful to OHS practitioners, businesses and governmental agencies in their effort to make New Zealand a better place to work.

I have been a consultant on the work environment in a Danish trade union for seven years, training managers and health and safety representatives. I focused on musculoskeletal problems and psychosocial work environment related to work with computers. I have practiced as an OHS manager in Denmark where I enjoyed implementing a learning safety organisation based on collaboration between frontline managers and worker representatives.

During my career I have been involved in professional organisations for ergonomists and occupational health and safety professionals. I served on the board of Danish Occupational Safety and Health Professionals (1994-2005), on the Nordic Ergonomics Societies board (2001-06, as president 2001-03), as a council member of the International Ergonomics Association (2001-05) and on the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand (2007-13).
Location (eg: town or city) Palmerston North
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