Kate Cole is an engineer and Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) working to protect the health of workers across some of Australia’s most iconic infrastructure projects.
After 20+ years working in the industry, she started Cole Health as an independent consultancy. Kate works with major stakeholders such as Tier 1 Contractors and Client organisations to help businesses prevent illness and disease in the thousands of workers in industries including construction, tunnelling, demolition, and contaminated land remediation.
A multiple award-winning scientist & engineer, Kate has a key focus on the control of respirable crystalline silica (also known as “silica dust”) informed through the completion of a Winston Churchill Fellowship and her work across major construction and tunnelling projects both in Australia and internationally.
By creating streamlined processes that help business protect their workers, her work has positively impacted the infrastructure sector through increasing the focus on the “health” in “health and safety” and has resulted in the improved control of silica dust across the construction, tunnelling, and demolition workforce.
Named as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and one of Science & Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM, Kate is a passionate advocate for preserving the health of workers across Australia.