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Dr Marcus Cattani

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2346, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.160
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Telephone: +61 8 6304 2346
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.160  


Dr Marcus Cattani is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health and Safety within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.


Dr. Marcus Cattani has worked as an academic, occupational hygienist, HSE Manager and consultant in the chemical, manufacturing, engineering and resources industries since 1988.  Marcus is passionate about improving the management of injury risk to an acceptable level, and assisting organisations develop the risk management partnerships required to achieve this.  Dr. Cattani’s research focusses on the development of educational materials to assist organisations understand and manage risk, and, the development of processes to measure risk.

Marcus is the Chair of the WA Branch of the Safety Institute of Australia, a member of the ECU Sustainability in Education Committee, attends the Chamber of Minerals and Energy OSH Committee, sits on the ECU Vice Chancellors HSE Awards Committee, and the School OHS Committee.

Current Teaching

Marcus is Unit Coordinator/lectures the following units:

  • Risk Management (HST 2145)
  • Safety Management Systems (HST 3357)
  • Occupational health and safety risk management (OHS 6131)
  • Health, Safety and Workplace Environment (OHS 6205)
  • Managing Occupational Risk (OHS 3404)
  • Masters by Coursework Research Projects (HST6106 & HST 6107)

And a new Unit “Leadership in Workplace Health and Safety” is being developed for 2019.

Professional Memberships

  • Safety Institute of Australia –Chartered Generalist OHS Professional
  • Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists – Full Member (past State Coordinator)

Research Areas and Interests

Current research projects include:

  • A critical control approach to preventing fatalities in construction
  • Do economic cycles impact safety performance
  • Investigation of mine worker exposure to radiation in Western Australia
  • Through the flames: quantitative analysis of strategic and tactical bushfire fighting response to landscape scale wildfire
  • Does facial physiognomy predict an occupational safety and health message outcomes?
  • Development of an injury risk measure and reporting process (see
  • Needs assessment for training in response to new OHS legislation in Western Australia
  • Development of a leadership effectiveness tool
  • Development of organisational performance using injury risk as an indicator
  • Evaluation of incident data to assist elimination of fatalities and significant incidents
  • Assisting Small and Medium sized Enterprises, and voluntary organisations, prevent harm
  • Understanding and managing risk taking behaviour in the workplace
  • Using the Internet of Things and multiple sources of data to estimate risk (with Associate Professor Adam Osserian: ECU School of Engineering)
  • Education of leadership teams to manage organisational injury risk (with Professor Peter Standen and Dr Janice Redmond: ECU School of Business)


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 2004.
  • Master of Science, United Kingdom, 1995.


Recent Research Grants

  • Mental health of employees: a risk based approach for Australian workplaces of Interest,  Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention,  Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2019 - 2024,  $35,000.
  • Development of interventions to improve quality and quantity of sleep,  Melius Consulting,  Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2019 - 2024,  $30,000.
  • Early identification of and appropriate response to aggressive behaviour for hospital workers,  Department of Health WA,  Clinical Simulation and Training Grants,  2020 - 2022,  $99,588.
  • Flexible work and psychological safety: best practice to advance psychologically safe work from alternate locations,  NSW Government,  Understanding the Changing World of Work (Tender),  2020 - 2021,  $135,157.
  • Water Corporation: Risk Management (ALARP),  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2020,  $28,529.
  • Professional Fishing Industry Fatality, Incident and Injury Data Project,  Fisheries Research and Development Corporation,  Grant,  2020,  $31,000.
  • Minimisation of adverse incidents through the development of optimal operational leadership risk management skills and competency,  Clough Ltd,  Grant,  2018 - 2019,  $80,000.
  • A training needs assessment to assist industry implement the new West Australian Work Health & Safety legislation.,  Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety,  Grant,  2018 - 2019,  $25,621.
  • Minimisation of adverse incidents through the development of optimal operational leadership risk management skills and competency,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2017 - 2018,  $107,854.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Penney, G., Habibi, D., Cattani, M., (2020), RUIM – a fire safety engineering model for Rural Urban Interface firefighter taskforce deployment. Fire Safety Journal, 113(May 2020), 102986, United Kingdom, DOI:
  • Penney, G., Habibi, D., Cattani, M., Carter, M., (2019), Calculation of critical water flow rates for wildfire suppression. Fire, 2(1), article no.3, Switzerland, MDPIAG, DOI: 10.3390/fire2010003.
  • Jones, R., Cattani, M., Cross, M., Boylan, J., Holmes, A., Boothroyd, C., Mattingley, J., (2019), Serious Injuries in the Mining Industry: Preparing the Emergency Response. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 16(2019), 6 p., DOI:
  • Selleck, B., Cattani, M., (2019), Preventing fatalities in the construction industry – a review of critical risk management strategies. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 35(3), 193-211.
  • Penney, G., Habibi, D., Cattani, M., (2019), Firefighter tenability and its influence on wildfire suppression. Fire Safety Journal, 106(June 2019), 38-51, DOI:

Conference Publications

  • Cattani, M., (2018), Predicting incidents may never happen, but what about forecasting their risk?. 2018 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, 56-60, AIOH.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Does facial physiognomy in the context of an occupational safety and health message predict outcomes?
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