Organisational Safety


Workplace injuries and fatalities remain a significant social and economic burden. Recent figures show that well over 600,000 workers are injured per year in Australian workplaces (Safe Work Australia, 2012). The priority areas of research for the Organisational Safety Theme focus on the application of systems thinking theory to reduce occupational accidents. They are:

  1. Application of systems-based methods to generate new insights into workplace safety problems and solutions for injury-prevention;
  2. Translation of systems-based methods into practical tools for workplace safety practitioners; and
  3. Development of new methods, underpinned by systems theory, to understand workplace safety problems.

Current research projects cover a range of organisational safety issues, including incident reporting and accident analysis, worker musculoskeletal disorders, and accident investigation processes and outcomes. These projects cover a broad range of workplaces, including healthcare, mining, outdoor education, air freight and road freight transportation.

Current Projects

Key researchers

Theme PhD students

Recent publications

M.Sujan. R,Pool. P, Salmon. Eight human factors and ergonomics principles for healthcare artificial intelligence. BMJ Health and Care Informatics. doi:10.1136/bmjhci-2021-100516.

Austin, E. Blakely, B. Salmon, P. Braithwaite, J. Clay-Williams R. Technology in the emergency department: Using cognitive work analysis to model and design sustainable systems. Safety Science.

Austin.E, Blakely,B. Salmon, P. Braithwaite,J. Clay-Williams, R. (2021) The scope for adaptive capacity in Emergency Departments: Modelling performance constraints using Control Task Analysis and Social Organisational Cooperation Analysis. Ergonomics

Newnam, S., Goode, N., Read, G. J. R., Salmon, P. M. (2021). Systems-thinking in action: Results from implementation and evaluation of the Patient Handling Injuries Review of Systems Toolkit. Safety Science, 134, 105086 

McCormack, P., Read, G. J. M., Goode, N., Salmon, P. M. (2021). Do hazardous manual handling task risk assessment methods align with systems thinking? Safety Science

Stevens, E. Hulme, A. Salmon, P. (2021) The impact of power on health care team performance and patient safety: a review of the literature. Ergonomics

Austin, E., Blakely, B., Salmon, P., Braithwaite, J., & Clay-Williams, R. (2021). Identifying Constraints on Everyday Clinical Practice: Applying Work Domain Analysis to Emergency Department Care. Human Factors

For inquiries regarding the Organisational Safety theme please contact Dr Adam Hulme

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