Claire Bird


Dr Claire Bird holds twenty years of experience in the Environmental Arena. With a strong passion and focus on Human Health, Buildings and the Environment. With a background stemming from contaminated land to managing microbial risks after disaster events, Claire offers a diverse skill set that allows her to connect dots to make projects more time- and cost-efficient. Having spent many years in Academia, and as a personal tutor, Claire has provided Education and mentoring to facilitate the development of others in relation to their area of interest or profession.

Claire joined Viridis in 2014 to finally bring together the skills of Scientists and Hygienists with those of Engineers to offer a truly integrated approach to solving building problems. With an aim to improve understanding and develop standards Claire is heavily involved in growing Indoor Environment Quality Standards Australia. This is aiming to provide more pragmatic and comprehensive mechanisms to improve indoor safety. It also aims to consider how we can future proofing projects from a changing climate.

Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. Environmental Microbiology – University of Essex, UK – 2005
  • B.Sc. (Hons) – Environmental Science – Monitoring and Management – University of
  • B.Sc. studied – Microbiology and Genetics – University of London, UK, 1978-81 Leicester, UK 1995-1999
Peak bodies and technical services:
  • International Society for Indoor Air Quality
  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
  • Technical advisor to Green Building Council Australia Indoor Air Quality
  • Technical advisor to National Australian Building Rating System (NABERS)
  • Technical Advisor to Master Builders Queensland Environment Committee
Projects:
  • Microbial related projects:
    • Management of microbial risks and water damage repair/restoration at a 6-storey flooded construction site – 2015 – Brisbane – site and large construction operator client confidential as ongoing – Overcame considerable difficulties as internal walls were installed prior to sealing the roof or façade. Assessed site, wrote Scope of Works and Remedial Action and Safety Plan (RASP) for the site, conducted testing to validate successful decontamination and structural drying.
    • Assessment of cause and risks from mould, and project management of restoration – 2014 – 2015 – O’Donnell Hanlon – assessment of cause and extent of mould contamination from mould-infested School Library Books and in a Primary School Class Room (School withheld at request of Principal). Recommended actions and Project Management of restoration contractors and works. Ongoing.
    • Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital Post-Water Damage Microbial Risk Management – 2014 – John Holland, Queensland – Assessing, supervising and managing team of Occupational Hygienists/Scientists keeping building operating and ensuring safe restoration. Site assessment RASP preparation, mould risk management for Doctors during operation, training of onsite personnel in relation to mould management and handling, validation of successful restoration.
    • Hinkler Central Shopping Mall Restoration – 2013 – Steamatic Australia – Assessing condition of stock and buildings for contamination and restoration requirements.
    • Preparation of Scope of Works including RASP for restoration, validating successful restoration measures and ensuring safe reoccupation and restocking. Centre was back in safe operation within four months.
    • Microbial assessment of Numurkah Hospital Victoria following flooding – 2012 – Crawford Global – Assessment of site, preparation and implementation of RASP, site validation where applicable to show no mould or bacteria of concern remained. Areas where contamination was present were remediated, and stop-loss was achieved.
    • Examples of non-microbial related projects include:
    • Illegal drug contamination assessment – 2014 – LJ Hooker – Site assessment and preparation of Remedial Action and Safety Plan for restoration of former illegal drug laboratory in Grafton, NSW
    • Occupational Exposure Assessment of Formaldehyde in a server room – 2014-2015 – University – Confidential client – Identification of source of formaldehyde in server room as floor tiles. Designed engineering controls to resolve issues and return to safe use.
    • Occupational Exposure Monitoring for Dust and Silica – 2014 – River Sands Pty Ltd – Measurement of Dust and Silica exposure of workers at a sand and cement factory. Showed organisation that their measures of management were adequate to protect workers.