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Dr Marcus Cattani

Senior Lecturer

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


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


Dr Cattani has worked as an academic, Occupational Hygienist, HSE Manager and consultant in the chemical, manufacturing, engineering and resources industries since 1988.  In the last 10 years Dr Cattani has assisted several organisations recover from major events, or improve their 'safety' performance, and he continues to conduct research and teaching in this area.

At ECU, Marcus represents the School on the Sustainability in Education Committee.

Current Teaching

Marcus teaches the following units:

  • Safety Management Systems (HST 3357)
  • Risk Management (HST 2145)
  • Occupational health and safety risk management (OHS 6131)
  • Health, Safety and Workplace Environment (OHS 6205)
  • Managing Occupational Risk (OHS 3404)

Professional Memberships

  • Safety Institute of Australia (WA) – WA Branch Chairman and Certified Chartered professional
  • Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists – Full Member and past State Coordinator
  • Chamber of Minerals and Energy – OSH Committee Member

Research Student Supervision

Marcus is supervising the following Masters by coursework Science Research projects (HST 6106 and HST 6107):

  • Evaluation of organisations readiness for the WHS (Resources) Act
  • Establishing a due diligence process in a multi-national organisation
  • The impact of the economic downturn on safety performance
  • Leadership, legislation and prevention of injuries
  • Developing risk profiles to manage operational injury risk
  • An evaluation of VET Help on the quality of safety practitioner training
  • Evaluation of organisational culture using safety as an indicator
  • Real world attenuation of full-block generic ear plugs
  • Keeping English-as-a-second-language speakers safe on Australian construction sites
  • Using workplace incident data to predict injury risk
  • Control of exposure hazardous materials in an industrial paint facility
  • Certification of safety professionals

Marcus is on the supervising panel for the following PhD’s:

  • Design and evaluation of a construction industry fatality prevention process
  • The role of leadership in military organisations
  • Fatality and serious injury prevention in high risk workplaces
  • Does facial physiognomy predict an occupational safety and health message outcomes?

Research Areas and Interests

  • Injury risk communication (see
  • 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
  • Design of safety management systems using the new ISO 45001 (due October 2016)
  • Development of effective OHS professionals
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Minimisation of adverse incidents through the development of optimal operational leadership risk management skills and competency,  Clough Ltd,  Grant,  2018,  $30,000.
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