The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Safety brings together world renowned experts across many disciplines including Psychology, Engineering, Medicine, Business, Law and Health Science. Their combined skills and experience allow the Centre to take a unique and multidisciplinary approach to the factors that determine safety.

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Research Areas

Leadership and Governance

Involving both the regulatory context for safety and the leadership of safety systems. Topics include safety legislation and regulation, policy...

People, Technology, and Assets

Incorporating the physical infrastructure and technological processes associated with safety. Topics include asset management and reliability, automation and remote monitoring,...

Human Performance

Encompassing the interaction between the individual person and features of a safety system. Topics include ergonomics and human factors, decision...

Health and Wellbeing

Considering the consequences of the workplace on the individual. Topics include fatigue management, mental health, effects of FIFO, and occupational...

The Centre for Safety focuses on the following specific research questions and outcomes:

  • Safety culture: Integrating safety culture and organisational capability, safety leadership to improve culture, and the role of safety culture as a lead indicator.
  • Effective work practices and safety: How do asset mainenance practices, and asset reliability affect safety?
  • Mental health and the design of work: How can we design work that enhances well-being and performance?

Other research areas include:

Submariner Endurance

Fatigue Protection for Human Work and Performance

Future Submarine Maintenance- the Human Factors

Informing a world-class maintenance strategy for the next generation of Australian submarines

Benchmarking the Status of Safety: Safety risks, practices and beliefs in developing countries

Differences in safety risks, practices, and beliefs in developing countries

Chronic Unease: A State of Mind for Managing Safety

How do feelings of unease support managers in having a positive influence on safety?

Designing FIFO Work to Increase Well-being and Productivity

How can we design work that is 'good for people' and 'good for business'?

A New Model of Safety Compliance

How does engagement shape compliance with safety rules and procedures?

Causes and Consequences of Safety Climate in the Maritime Industry

Assessing the factors that influence of safety on board ships.

Safety Capability

A conceptual framework and practical guide for assessing fitness-to-operate in the offshore oil and gas industry.

The SWANS Project: Building Safer & More Productive Operating Theatres

Enhancing the Communication of Surgical Teams to Improve Patient Outcomes

Evaluating the Common Safety Training Program

How effective is the compulsory Common Safety Training Program for off-shore oil and gas workers?

Leadership for Effective Incident Command

How leaders influence team processes and behaviors in the context of incident command in oil and gas industry.

Facilitating Accelerated Development During OSH Short Courses

Understanding how learning can be facilitated and accelerated throughout the IM4DC trainings.

Reducing Cognitive Distraction Through Driver Training

A computer-based training program to reduce distractibility.

Designing Automation to Fit Human Needs at Work

Humans: Still vital after all these years of automation.