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Dr Martyn Cross

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5764
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.159  

Martyn is a Senior Lecturer, Safety Practitioner, Occupational Hygienist, and Toxicologist.

Martyn is Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health and Safety; and Occupational Hygiene programs – 50% teaching / 30% research / 20% engagement. He is currently supervising Masters by coursework research projects and PhD students.

Current Teaching

  • HST2256 Occupational Hygiene
  • OHS6178 Occupational Toxicology
  • OHS6132 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
  • OHS6135 Safety and Health Principles in Practice
  • OHS6140 Systems Safety


Dr Martyn Cross began his career as a Toxicologist workingin the UK chemical industry. He has an honours degree in Toxicology, a Master of Public Health and a PhD.  Martyn was an Occupational Hygienist for WorkSafe WA, and an Occupational Hygienist for the WA Department of Health. Martyn then specialised as a Safety Management System Consultant for an international consultancy group, assisting organisation in Australia and South East Asia, todevelop and implement their safety management systems.

Martyn was the Senior Safety Advisor and then the Principal Occupational Hygienist for Minara Resources at their Murrin Murrin Mine Sitewhere he conducted a Health Surveillance project for his PhD.  Martyn was recently employed as the Senior Occupational Hygiene Consultant with Golder Associates. He is now a Senior Lecturer at ECU with a teaching and research role in Post Graduate – Occupational Health and Safety.  Martyn’s expertise and skills span many aspects of occupational health and safety, with 35+ years, in a variety of industries.

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia
  • Chartered Generalist OHS Professional
  • Member of theAustralian Institute of Occupational Hygienists

Research Areas and Interests

  • Workplace exposures to occupational health hazards and how they can be controlled
  • Workplace Health Surveillance
  • Synergist effects of occupational health hazards
  • Analysis of incident data to assist industry identify preventative strategies
  • Implementation of Safety Management Systems


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2011.
  • Mater of Public Health, Curtin University of Technology, 1994.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • McClean, K., Cross, M., Reed, S. (2021). An audit of obesity data and concordance with diagnostic coding for patients admitted to Western Australian Country Health Service hospitals.. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 38(1), 45-52.
  • McClean, K., Cross, M., Reed, S. (2021). Risks to Healthcare Organizations and Staff Who Manage Obese (Bariatric) Patients and Use of Obesity Data to Mitigate Risks: A Literature Review. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 14(1), 577-588.
  • McClean, K., Cross, M., Reed, S. (2021). Risks to Healthcare Organizations and Staff Who Manage Obese (Bariatric) Patients and Use of Obesity Data to Mitigate Risks: A Literature Review. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 14(2021), 577-588.

Journal Articles

  • Oliver, K., Oosthuizen, J., Cross, M., Barnard, M. (2019). Nurses' perception of work-related stress: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 35(1), 91-111.
  • McClean, K., Cross, M., Reed, S. (2019). Accuracy of obese patient admission data recorded by the Western Australian Country Health Service: A pilot study. Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand, 35(1), 107-117.
  • 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..

Journal Articles

  • Ngwenya, B., Oosthuizen, J., Cross, M., Frimpong, K., Nombulelo Chaibva, C. (2018). A Review of Heat Stress Policies in the Context of Climate Change and Its Impacts on Outdoor Workers: Evidence From Zimbabwe. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, 9(1), 11 pages.
  • Ngwenya, B., Oosthuizen, J., Cross, M., Frimpong, K. (2018). Heat Stress and Adaptation Strategies of Outdoors Workers in the City of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health Care, 5(1), Article no.100034.
  • Davidson, M., Reed, S., Oosthuizen, J., O'Donnell, G., Gaur, P., Cross, M., Dennis, G. (2018). Occupational health and safety in cannabis production: an Australian perspective. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 24(3-4), 75-85.
  • Oosthuizen, J., Cross, M. (2018). Establishing Cause, What Does That Mean From an Epidemiological and Legal Perspective?. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 35(2018), 426-429.
  • Ngwenya, B., Oosthuizen, J., Cross, M., Frimpong, K. (2018). Emerging heat-related climate change influences; a public health challenge to health care practitioners and policy makers: Insight from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 27(March 2018), 596-601.
  • Ho, G., Reed, S., Cross, M. (2018). The ups and downs of modern mining: Describing the sedentary behavior of workers in a centralised mining control room – A pilot study. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 34(2), article no.34-263.

Journal Articles

  • Filippin, P., Reed, S., Cross, M. (2016). A Study of the Exposure to Wood Dust and Potential Impact on Lung Function.. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 32(1), article no.32-122.

Journal Articles

  • Cross, M., Oosthuizen, J. (2013). Occupational respiratory health surveillance at Minara Resources, Murrin Murrin mine site.. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 29(1), 21-34.

Journal Articles

  • Cross, M. (2008). Dust and Biological Monitoring During Vanadium Catalyst change-Out. Is it the Dust levels or the Hand-to Mouth Contact?. Environmental Health, 5(3), 32-35.

Journal Articles

  • Cross, M. (2005). Report on current and proposed occupational health and safety practices in the Australian Nickel industry. World Safety Journal, 15(1), 23-25.

Research Projects

  • Silica in the Construction Industry Code of Practice Review, Queensland Government Office of Industrial Relations, Tender, 2020, $32,257.
  • A collaborative national and international interdisciplinary research agenda to investigate the development, application and governance of pesticides., Edith Cowan University, ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2017 Round 1, 2017 ‑ 2018, $10,000.
  • Field validation of a laboratory developed heat stress intervention in the Australian liquid natural gas sector, Department of State Development WA, Grant - Australia- China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund, 2011, $59,210.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Does accurate data, identifying obese patients impact nurse safety and hospital finances?

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Exposure assessment, morphology, biosolubility, dose-response toxicity, and health risk mitigation of airborne α-spodumene particulate in lithium mining and processing

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, An evaluation of heat exposures and heat adaptation strategies among older residents of victoria park

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Heat exposure and adaptation strategies of outddoor informal sector workers in urban bulawayo - zimbabwe

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, An evaluation of exposures to respirable particulates, environmental pm2.5, pahs and metal compounds in Western australia.

Adjunct Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, An assessment of nurses' experiences of work related stress through self-reporting and hair cortisol analysis, in a typical metropolitan hospital setting in Western Australia
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