Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee - Occupational Health and Safety Conference 2001

"OHS Integration in Research and Higher Education"

4, 5 & 6 July 2001 at the University of Sydney

Biographical Details

Day 1, Session 1 - Due Diligence

Keynote Address - OHS: Compliance in a complex environment.

Dr Sam Bridgeford BEC LLB (Mon) SJD (Syd), has worked in industrial relations for 13 years. Sam was Legal Officer with the Employers' Federation of NSW (1988-1993) where his work included advising employers on occupational health and safety law. From 1993 to 2000 he was a Principal Policy Officer with the NSW Department of Industrial Relations. In 1997 he was awarded the Doctor of Juridical Studies, with his doctoral dissertation examining the interplay between the Disability Discrimination Act and occupational health and safety law and practice. In 1999 Sam was lecturer for the postgraduate subject 'Workplace Bargaining' at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. He is currently in practice as a solicitor (Bridgeford & Associates - Lawyers) and is consultant to Workplace Safety Australia Pty Ltd.

Hypothetical Case Study

Kathy Richardson is the developer and coordinator of the hypothetical case study that is being put on by UNSW staff. She has a B.Social Studies. (Syd), Grad Dip Social Sciences. (Stockholm), Grad Dip Tech Ed [Syd CAE], Grad Dip Health Ed (Syd CAE), M Safety Science (UNSW). Kathy has been Manager, Occupational Health, Safety and Environment at UNSW since February 1999. She has worked in occupational health, safety and rehabilitation for over 15 years in the public and private sector. Her previous experience covered OHS training and consulting, corporate policy development, coordinating rehabilitation services, implementing and auditing of occupational health and safety management systems, policy adviser in WorkCover NSW and lecturer in OHS at UWS. She is also a Director of the Board of YHA NSW Inc.

Paul Cutrone - Partner, Sparke Helmore, Sydney Practice Group Leader - Employment Law and OH&S, Dip. Law, Grad. Dip. Leg. Pract. Accred. Commercial Mediator

Paul heads the team nationally and has considerable experience in the conduct of major inquiries including coronial inquiries and inquests arising from catastrophic accidents.

Paul has a large OH&S practice and has specific skills in operating in investigations and prosecutions under the Occupational Health & Safety Act; attending interviews with WorkCover inspectors; advising in relation to improvement, prohibition and infringement notices; assisting with OH&S audits and advising on OH&S policy documents. He also advises in the areas of Unfair Dismissals & Contracts, Discrimination Matters, Industrial Disputes and strategic advice in the area of Human Resources.

He is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of NSW and the Industrial Law Committee of the Law Society of NSW.

Day 1, Session 2 - OHS in Curriculae & Research

Integration of occupational health and safety into the teaching & research program in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

Professor Les Field is the Professor of Organic Chemistry and is currently Head of the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney and has been in that role since 1997. He is also Chair of the University Research Committee and the Research Committee of the Faculty of Science. From 1992-1998 he was Deputy Director of the CRC for Molecular Engineering and Technology based at this university. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney (PhD 1979) and spent 4 years as a postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California (USA) and at Oxford University (UK) before joining the staff of this University in 1983.

Integrating OHS into education and research - What is the National OHS Commission Doing?

David Mannes has been a senior Manager with the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission for about 12 years. Has worked in most areas of the NOHSC including OHS Industry Programs, OHS Standards Development areas, Education and Training policy and OHS Research activities. As a result, he has developed a deep understanding of the work of NOHSC and its role in helping to maintain and enhance the OHS framework in which we operate in Australia today. David is currently employed as Manger of the National Solutions Projects Unit of NOHSC, an area that seeks to focus on highlighting and developing an understanding of a number of significant OHS issues we all face in some way in effectively managing OHS in the workplace.

Day 1, Session 3 - Benchmarking and Best Practice

Benchmarking occupational health & safety at Australasian universities.

Bill Dunne, University of NSW.

Should it be 'best' or 'better' practice?

Sonja Lusan is currently the Associate Director Health and Safety Advisory Services for QUT. QUT has 5 locations, 5000 full and part-time staff and 30,000 students. She has qualifications in nursing and business. Sonja has worked in heavy engineering, construction, the public service, health and education industries.

The implementation of an OHS Management System and its effects on OHS Performance Indicators: a Case Study.

Kris Fraser is the Ergonomics & Rehabilitation Adviser for the University of Queensland and has an Undergraduate Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Ergonomics. She is currently undertaking a Masters by Research at the University of Queensland.

She has previously worked in a range of OHS positions including private consultancy in Melbourne for 6 years, and as an occupational therapist/ergonomist for the Commonwealth Government in Brisbane.

Her recent professional achievement was to obtain a self-insurance licence for workers' compensation for the University. She was responsible for the development of injury and claims management systems and structuring of the financial aspects of the University's licence application, and assisted the Executive Manager OHS in relation to the OHS audit requirements of the licence. She is now involved in implementation of the self-insurance licence.

Day 1, Session 4 - Safety Management Systems

Risk Management in a tertiary institution context.

Ian Manock, Charles Sturt University. Lecturer in Emergency Management, School of Public Health. Ian has a Bachelor of Social Science (Emergency Management) and a Master of Emergency Management.
1975 - 1978: Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force. Pilot
1979 - 1990: Inspector/ Senior Inspector of Police, Royal Hong Kong Police Force. Attached to the Marine Region for the majority of my career, culminating in being the Commanding Officer of a 40m, 400 tonne offshore patrol vessel.
1991 - 1999: Regional Emergency Management Officer, Tasmania State Emergency Service. Responsible for regional emergency management activities in Northern Tasmania, coordinated emergency management planning and preparedness at regional and local levels, providing emergency management advice to the general community, private industry and Government agencies.
1999 - present: Lecturer - Emergency Management, Charles Sturt University. Coordinating subjects within the undergraduate and post-graduate emergency management degree programs offered by Charles Sturt University.

Risk management in a large, complex organisation.

Paul Barton is the manager of the Occupational Health, Safety and Environment unit and Manager of the Human Resources Services at Monash University. He has a Science Degree from Monash and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene from Deakin University. He is a full member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.

Prior to joining Monash 18 months ago, he spent 10 years in the automotive industry as an OHS consultant. In both positions he has been involved in implementing OHS management systems across a multi-site organisation with staff numbers in excess of 5000. He has a strong interest in the balance between OHS management systems and the organisational OHS culture.

Seven Risk Management Paradigms.

Dr Cherilyn Tillman is currently a Senior Associate with a small risk engineering and risk management consultancy called Risk & Reliability Associates. From 1987-1999 she held the position of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Manager at Monash University. Achievements at Monash included: development of a strategic framework managing OHS, initiation of major risk assessment projects, establishment of OHS databases, development and presentation of OHS courses and seminars, provision of strategic advice to senior management, securing financial commitment from senior management for OHS & E matters and management of capital works budgets of $3 million per annum.
From 1990-1999 she was also a member of CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) Security Assessment Group. This engagement involved working with AAHL staff to review risk assessments and controls in scientific and engineering services operations. Previous OHS experience included work in the CSIRO OHS Unit and at the Swedish National Board of Occupational Safety & Health. Cherilyn has a BSc with majors in Physics and Applied Physics, a Ph D in Engineering and a Master of Applied Science in Occupational Hazard Management. She is currently the Principal Assessor for Deakin University Distance Education postgraduate unit in Risk Management.

Co-author: Richard Robinson, Risk & Reliability Associates Pty Ltd

Day 2, Session 1- Contractor Safety Management

Keynote Address - Key principles in Managing Contractor Safety in Universities.

Prof Michael Quinlan, UNSW. Michael Quinlan has been involved in OHS education, research, practice and policy advice for over twenty years. He is the author of four books on OHS, Managing Occupational Health and Safety in Australia (Macmillan 1991 and new edition 2000); Work and Health (Macmillan1993) and Systematic OHS Management (Pergamon, Oxford, 2000 with KajFrick, P Jensen and T Wilthagen). The former book has been an influential text both with practitioners and policy makers. He has acted as a consultant to industry, unions and government on OHS and has served on succession of both state and federal government advisory bodies since the early 1990s. Michael has particular expertise in relation to the OHS implications of subcontracting and other contingent work arrangements, helping to produce the CCH guide on managing contractors.

The development & implementation of a contractor safety program: what worked & what didn't

Alison Bell, University of Wollongong, B. App. Sci (Occupational therapist), Grad. Dip. Safety Science UNSW. Alison is an Occupational Therapist by profession with post graduate qualification in safety science from the UNSW and is an accredited workplace trainer. Alison has worked in the industry since 1986 in a wide variety of settings from coal mines to insurance companies, steelworks to universities as both a rehabilitation provider and trainer. Alison was appointed self insurance project officer at the University of Wollongong in February 1999 and worked closely with the manager of the OH & S unit , Robyn Piper to establish a formal OHS & R system. The University of Wollongong self insurance commenced on the 1 August 2000.

Co-author: Paul Mourtos is a Project Manager with the University of Wollongong. Paul has been with the University since August 1999, coming to the organisation from an engineering background. Previous experience includes 7 years with Dairy Farmers as a Project Engineer, working on many of the company's capital projects and 6 years with the Illawarra Technology Corporation as a mechanical Engineer in the applied research field. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) a Master of Engineering (Honours) and is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration.

The case of the unknown hole

Ken Horrigan is the Senior Human Resource Adviser (WH&S) for Griffith University. Previously he has been the National Services Manager for the NSCA and State Manager of the NSCA in Queensland. He established Certified Safety Auditor P/L and was its Registrar for 2 years. A mechanical engineer and ergonomist, Ken holds a Masters Degree in Engineering and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE). He is Secretary of the Queensland Branch of the Ergonomics Society of Australia and a member of the Professional Affairs Board of the Ergonomics Society of Australia. He is also a committee member of the Queensland Branch of the Risk Engineering Society. Ken has also been an academic for 15 years and currently is the subject convenor and part of the teaching team for 'Principles of Ergonomics'. Ken has authored many papers on Ergonomics, Health & Safety, H&S Auditing and Risk Management.

Co-author: Lana Conic, Griffith University.

Day 2, Session 2 - Emergency & Disaster Management

Campus emergency management planning & preparedness.

Mike Rafferty, University of Western Australia. Manager, Safety and Health

Emergency Management at The University of Sydney.

Patrick Dunn joined the Risk Management Office at the University of Sydney in 1998. He was previously employed by BHP, working in open-cut and underground coal mines as an occupational health and safety professional. He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (OHS) from the Queensland University of Technology, and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene from Deakin University.

Risk Assessment and control of aggressive/disturbing behaviour in off-campus sections of urban Universities

Julie Madjarevic, University of Melbourne. Administrative Officer & School of Languages EHS representative, Centre for Communication Skills and ESL.

Day 2, Session 3 - Workshops

OHS there a hole in your bucket?

Sue Kirk, Manager, Environment, Health & Safety, University of Technology, Sydney. Sue is the Manager of Environment, Health & Safety at University of Technology Sydney, and has been in that role for about 8 years. Prior to joining UTS, Sue ran the consultancy and training team at Sydney Hospital Occupational Health and Safety Service. Sue has a Science Degree in Anatomy and Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy.

Day 2, Session 4 - Health & Safety Resources

The form and function of safety offices - a review

Nan Austin, Acting Manager, Risk Management , The University of Melbourne. Nan's background is in biological science being a qualified animal technician and meat inspector. She spent almost twenty years working with sheep and sheep parasites with my ultimate claim to fame being ten years breeding blowflies as part of a population genetics research program. Her interest in health and safety was generated by the many years spent handling agricultural chemicals both at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Agriculture. Her formal introduction to health and safety was as a union health and safety representative and eventually she undertook an OHS course at RMIT.

In 1995 she transferred to the Risk Management Office at the University of Melbourne to manage the implementation of safety management systems on what was originally an 18-month secondment. Six years later she is still there with an expanded portfolio of management systems including safety, environment, compliance and quality. Her interest in broader management systems has lead to further study at Deakin University with a Graduate Diploma in Management.

Following the recent retirement of Graham Sucking, she is currently the acting manager of the Risk Management Office, in conjunction with Denis Crowley, their insurance officer, pending a review of the risk management, compliance and internal audit functions at the university.

H&S without a H&S Unit - the WHSO network.

Lana Conic, Griffith University.

Co-author: Ken Horrigan.

Internal OHS consultancy - a modern approach.

Dr Meg Ralph, Faculty of Science Safety Officer ,Monash University. Meg has held this position since its inception in 1997 (4 years), and is now the team leader of the OHSE consultants. She has a PhD in reproductive biology, and has been employed at Monash since 1984. She therefore has Experience in: research (8 years on NHMRC program and project grants), teaching (7 years; undergraduate lectures and practical classes, postgraduate supervision) and administration (student course administration, finances and safety)

Day 3, Session 1 - Applied Risk Management

Keynote Address - Systematically managing safety - the NSW perspective

Michelle Patterson, Assistant Manager, WorkCover NSW, Occupational Health and Safety Division.
Ms Patterson has played a prominent role in occupational health and safety (OHS) in Australia at both State and National levels for more sixteen years, representing two jurisdictions (NSW and SA), in a number of positions on various boards, committees and working parties on occupational health and safety standards.

Ms Patterson joined WorkCover NSW after a distinguished career in the South Australian Public Service which included her appointment as the first female Inspector of Industrial Safety in the state.

In her current position as Assistant General Manager, WorkCover NSW. Ms Patterson is responsible for the OHS Division, consisting of 550 staff. While in this role Ms Patterson has managed two of the most significant reforms in NSW's workplace health in almost a decade. One has been the restructure of the OHS Division to provide fully integrated OHS, injury management and workers compensation services to industry. The other will result in the introduction of a new Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 to which the principle of risk management is fundamental.

Together with her extensive practical experience, Ms Patterson has achieved a number of academic qualifications in occupational health and safety including a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management specialising in Occupational Health and Safety from Harvard University, Boston, USA.

A risk management model for achieving health and safety compliance in high-risk facilities

Sandy Ward, University of Technology, Sydney. Sandy is the Environment, Health and Safety Coordinator at UTS. Her role includes responsibility for coordinating the EHS management system and working with high-risk areas to come up with strategies for managing a range of high risk hazards and issues. She has a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety and qualifications in occupational health nursing. She has been at UTS for 5 years and has previously worked in OHS consultancy and as an OHS nurse.

Co-author: Mathew Low, University of Technology, Sydney. Matthew is an Engineering graduate from the University of Wollongong. He has been working at UTS for the last year as EHS Officer implementing the risk management project in the Faculty of Engineering.

Risk management in the science sector.

Nigel McCarter, is the Managing Director of Safety Management and Information Services a company specialising in science safety. He completed a biology degree at the University of Ulster a long time before emigrating to New Zealand in 1983. Nigel worked first as a fisheries ecologist and Science Manager for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and then for the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. He was appointed H&S Co-ordinator for NIWA in 1994 and set up Safety Management and Information Services in 1997. Since then Nigel has provided safety services to Crown Research Institutes and Universities. Services include laboratory and system audits, training and co-ordination. He publishes Safe Science, runs the NZ Safety List. He is an ACC accredited Auditor, certified Safety Auditor in Australia and has a Diploma in Health and Safety Management.

Day 3, Session 2 - Applied Risk Management (cont.)

Ergonomic book return system at Mt Gravatt Campus library.

Sandra Schofield has worked for Information Services at Griffith University for 11 years, having experience in all aspects of library services, and acting as lending services supervisor for the past 5 years.

Co-author: Ken Horrigan.

A university's practical approach to occupational overuse injuries.

Val Gribble, Manager Health and Safety, Central Queensland University. Val has come from a wide and long background of Administration within the Anglican Church and in various welfare areas. Health and Safety at CQU is within Personnel Services and she has worked at CQU in this Division for 12 years. She have been involved in the development of health and safety management and WorkCover and Rehabilitation for all of this time. The H & S Unit was restructured in June 2000 and she has managed the Unit since the restructure. Her background in welfare makes her very much a "people" person and her duties within the Health and Safety Unit include managing all stress claims and long term serious social illness.

Co-author: Linda Ahern, Rehabilitation Coordinator, Central Queensland University.

BOSS: a strategy to address back, overuse, strain and sprain injuries in CSIRO.

Chris Miller, CSIRO. Chris was formerly the Manager of Occupational Health and Safety at Adelaide University and is now the Regional Health, Safety and Environment Adviser for CSIRO operations in South Australia and Northern Territory. Chris joined Adelaide University in 1978 as a laboratory technician working in the Zoology Department and an interest in laboratory safety led to a position in the OH&S Unit where he furthered his formal qualifications by undertaking a Business degree and Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health. Chris is now involved in providing support and advice to CSIRO Divisions as well as undertaking corporate projects in safety and Environmental Management. Chris has broad interests in OHS and environment issues.

What are future trends and are we heading toward them?

Danielle Rostan-Herbert has been employed in the Risk Management Office at the University of Melbourne for just over 3 years as an Environmental Officer. Her work at the University includes the development and implementation of an Environmental Management System compliant to ISO 14001 and the integration of the Environmental Management System with SafetyMAP. Danielle has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Engineering. Her prior experience includes work with the Victorian Environmental Protection Agency in the area of assessing waste management plans, conducting environmental compliance audits and various projects for the Australia Centre for Cleaner Production.