Ms Naik is an Associate Executive of “Six Sigma Training and Consulting” company in Johannesburg South Africa in since 2015. Six Sigma is a management philosophy utilizing factual data that establishes an ethos and culture of continuous improvement in all business processes. This includes instilling, educating, and establishing a foundation for Health and Safety in the workplace incorporating Six Sigma ideology. Mrs. Naik develops training materials and conducts training specific to the hazards and risks associated to the workplace environment to reduce exposure to workers.
Formally Ms Naik worked at the National Institute for OccupationalHealth(NIOH) in Johannesburg, South Africa and was the Head of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Trainingsection since 2012. She retired in 2011 after serving as a Head of the Analytical Servicesat NIOH for 14years. She has a Masters degree in Physiology, Diploma in Occupational Health andDiplomas in Medical Technology in Chemical Pathology, Microbiology and Haematology
Mrs. Naik has 23 years occupational health experience particularly in the chemical exposures, their measurement and effects on worker’s health. She has provided consultancy service to the private and public sectors in this field.
She was actively involved in developing analytical capacity in environmental and biological monitoring in occupational and environmental health in South Africa to service academicinstitutes and public as well as private sectors of the industries. This was achieved through establishing internationally recognized, ISO Code 15189 accreditedlaboratoriesproviding analyses in toxicsubstances namely metalsand organic compoundsincludingpesticidesmonitoring.
As the head of the OHS Training Department she was involved in developingcapacity in occupational health through training under and post graduate occupational health professionals within the private and public sectors in South Africa. She develops training materials and conducts courses, workshops and seminars in topics such as fundamentals in occupational hygiene, recognition of occupational exposure related diseases, management of chemicals exposures in the workplace, South African Acts and legislations related to occupational health and safety etc. She has also published in many peer reviewed journals research related to chemical exposures in occupational and environmental health and has presented at the national and international conferences.
NIOH is a WHO collaborating centre in Occupational Health (WHO CC –OH) and as head of the Analytical Services and OHS Training Department she has contributed to the WHO Global Plan of Action 2005-2015 programmes. She also received training at CDC, Atlanta,USA; OSHA, Salt Lake City, USA; NIOSH, Washington USA; and in Erlangen Germany. She was a part of the planning team in developing “Learning repository workshop” at WHO in Geneva, Switzerland.
She was invited to a number of international meetings as a guest speaker and has presented at a number of international conferences n OH.