For over twenty years I have been active in occupational health and safety (OHS), culminating in running my own OHS consultancy for almost twenty years. It is important to be active in OHS advice when one is writing about safety to keep the information relevant to the intention of OHS – reducing death, injury and illness.
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I have written well over a thousand articles for the SafetyAtWorkBlog, a blog that has achieved several international and local awards as an important source of OHS information. Some of those have been refashioned for other websites but most have been commissioned articles.
I have also written articles for others often without my by-line. These clients include EY Australia and AlertForce.
I was lucky enough to have contributed to a publication from RMIT University entitled: “Engaging stakeholders in improving the quality of OSH decision-making in construction projects”
Below is a list of a few of my articles:
Crikey.com has reused one of my blog articles on the Beaconsfield Mine rockfall of 2006.
I have been a contributor to National Safety magazine on issues involving
• Insurance and Directors’ OHS obligations
• Farm Safety
• Sex Industry Safety
In 2005 I wrote the Editorial for The Journal of Occupational Health and Safety Australia and New Zealand – “A culture of terror: the risks of occupational violence” in December 2005.
An article on the moral business case was written for the Resilium website.
I contributed substantially to the 1st edition of the WorkSafe Victoria publication – Manual Handling in the Food Industry (now into its 3rd edition), and provided literary support to Ballarat’s Farm Safety Training Centre in writing the WorkSafe guidance “Dairy Safety – A Practical Guide”.
I contributed a chapter to CCH’s Hands On Guide to OHS Training and to Portner Press’ OH&S Handbook.
An article about the potential infectious hazards from security card lanyards appeared in the April 2008 edition of Management Today, a magazine published for the Australian Institute of Managers.
For a while I was an OHS contributor to RTW Matters, an online site for workers’ compensation professionals.
For many years, I published the SafetyAtWork magazine, a regular online publication for safety professionals, through subscription, that was distributed globally.
From this developed a weekly OHS bulletin for Australian safety professionals. The bulletin has led to a similar product being produced for members of the Safety Institute of Australia.
I have established a reputation as a critical thinker on workplace safety issues over 20 years. I am an internationally recognised blogger and freelance writer on OHS issues, increasingly called upon to ghostwrite or develop safety-related communications, policies and procedures.
The uniqueness of my skills comes from basing my work on real world experience. My recent 8 years of full-time employment in the rail infrastructure sector has provided a very useful understanding of the impact of policies and procedures in the workplace, the client role in contractor management and insight into how safety documentation is received, understood and applied by the workforce and other stakeholders.
My work is based on the following skills and qualifications, amongst others:
• Incident investigations using ICAM and other methods
• Onsite safety and contractor management on rail infrastructure projects
• OHS consulting over a broad range of industries, from pasta factories to licenced brothels
• Forensic review of OHS management systems and other documentation
• Lead auditing in OHS on rail infrastructure projects
• Provision of online OHS content for Holmesglen College
• Advice and editing services to RMIT University
• Contribution of OHS content to WorkSafe Victoria on “Dairy Safety: A Practical Guide”, “Manual Handling in the Food Industry (1st edition)”
• Bachelor of Arts in English (Latrobe University)
• Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia
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