Air Matters is a service-based consultancy specialising in environmental air quality and workplace health exposure (occupational hygiene). Carol McSweeney started the business in 2004. Air Matters was born out of a desire to improve worker health after Carol had observed poor air quality in many businesses around New Zealand. Carol’s original motivation was:
“Not only should every worker have healthy air to breathe, but EVERYONE should have healthy air to breathe.”
This vision still drives us today, and has been extended to include risks from other exposures. Carol retired in 2022, and longtime colleagues Rob Murray, Nick Browne and Carl Goodhue now own the business. The team has grown and we now have offices in Mount Maunganui and Auckland, with staff working throughout New Zealand. The committed and highly-skilled team at Air Matters work within a code of professional ethics to meet the goals and objectives of our clients, and to provide our clients with solutions.
BSc, BA, MNZOHS
I joined Air Matters in 2009, and have grown with the company while experiencing many challenging projects along the way. I enjoy the diversity of the job and working with clients to recognise and evaluate environmental stressors in the workplace. I moved to Mt Maunganui in 2014 where I started the Bay of Plenty Air Matters office. The office has developed successfully and has allowed to Air Matters to provide a regional presence in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.
I am registered by HASANZ, which provides further assurance to our clients that they are dealing with a high professional standard.
BSc, iCertOH, MNZOHS
I have worked at Air Matters since 2015 and have been involved with both the Occupational Hygiene Testing and Environmental Science aspects of the business. My background is in Environmental Science-related fields, with specific experience in Air Quality. Since joining Air Matters, I have gained valuable experience in Occupational Hygiene and I am working towards my professional qualifications in this field. I am a member of the NZOHS and also sit on the Workplace Exposure Standards sub-committee.
BAppSci, Licensed Asbestos Assessor
I have been with Air Matters since April 2016. I really enjoy the challenge of working in this industry, as it’s dynamic and constantly evolving. Figuring out what the real issue is for a client and recommending practical, science-based solutions for implementation is really fulfilling. I am also a licensed asbestos assessor and can cover a wide range of asbestos related work, including asbestos surveying and the development of management plans, reviewing licensed removalists’ control plans, and performing the required air monitoring and clearance work for asbestos jobs.
BAppSc, MAppSc, MNZOHS
I started working at Air Matters in 2017 after completing my Masters in Environmental Management. I love having the ability to continually learn new things as each job is unique and presents different challenges. It is also very rewarding seeing health hazards in workplaces reduced with the help of our team. In 2021, I relocated to the Air Matters Mount Maunganui office.
BSc (Hons), MNZOHS
I started with Air Matters in 2020. Born and raised in the US, I began my career as a stack tester based in the state of Colorado before becoming an environmental scientist in New Zealand, where I became passionate about worker health and occupational hygiene. I am a HASANZ Registered Occupational Hygienist. I have been a Council Member of the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society (NZOHS), as well as a previous member of the NZOHS Conference and WES sub-committees. When I’m not busy researching, studying or working, I enjoy fishing and camping with friends and family.
Occupational Hygienist Technician
BE (Env), PG Cert Env Sci
I am from Brazil and began my career as an Environmental Scientist, later becoming an Environmental Engineer. After moving to New Zealand I restarted my career in the Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance field, where I became passionate about workplace health. Since joining Air Matters I have gained valuable knowledge in air quality and occupational hygiene. I am an associate member of the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society (NZOHS). I am also a poet and love to write poetry in my spare time, and I belong to an association of artists that has developed volunteer work for an educational project in Brazil.
MSc (Hons), BSc
I started working at Air Matters in 2022, based at the Mount Maunganui office. I have spent the last 15 years working in the environmental science sector, with a specific focus on numerical modelling and resource consent management. I enjoy the crossover between the technical and legislative aspects of air quality management and finding tailored solutions for clients.
Occupational Hygiene Trainee
I started working for Air Matters in 2022 after completing my honours in geography. I am based in the Auckland office and thoroughly enjoy how varied and diverse occupational hygiene is and some of the different challenges it presents. I am looking forward to developing my skills within the occupational health space. In my spare time I am a rhythmic gymnastics coach and love spending time outdoors.
Occupational Hygiene Technician
I joined Air Matters in 2023 and bring a varied background in materials chemistry, health and safety and environmental health. Occupational hygiene is able to combine all these elements to provide an analytical, science based approach to assessing occupational health risks. I enjoy the variety of work and the satisfaction that comes from recommending positive changes to protect worker health, one workplace at a time.
Health and Safety Specialist and Business Support
BAppSci, GradDipOSH (Massey), Nebosh IGC
I have an extensive history working in health and safety within a range of industries and sectors. I have worked in health and safety in chemical, aerosol and coatings manufacturing; recreational events, arts and sports. I have also worked within the diversity of local government with a health and safety portfolio that included cemeteries and a crematorium, libraries, major public events, parks and public spaces, animal handling, property management, and a large vessel haulout and refit service. I am currently helping support and streamline Air Matters’ day-to-day running as well as reviewing and overseeing the health and safety aspects of the business. I enjoy the specialisation of occupational hygiene within the wider health and safety sphere and look forward to continuing to develop my knowledge in this field.
I have worked in accounts and office management forever, starting in banking.
With Air Matters I enjoy being part of a friendly, enthusiastic team that
thrives on professionalism.
Committed to Service
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