Dr Manikam Pillay

Dr Manikam Pillay

Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

I am a Lecturer  in Occupational health and safety and Lead researcher on Organisational safety management at the School of Health Sciences. My research seeks to narrow the gaps between work-as-imaged and work-as-perfomed. The central research questions I seek to explore and investigate, inter-alia, centre around

  1. whether approaches such as safety rules, safe systems of work, safety climate, safety culture and safety management systems hinder or enhance organisational safety management
  2. how safe systems of work such as safety rules, procedures, permits-to-work, method statements and risk control plans are prescribed and practised
  3. how and what type of gaps exist between prescription and practise of safe systems of work
  4. what strategies, approaches and methods are used to narrow such gaps, and
  5. the extent to which the above safety management strategies can be integrtaed with normal accidents, high-reliability and resilience engineering schools of thinking to drive improvements in organisational safety management

Having come from an industrial safety background encompassing high-risk industries (sugar manufacturing, facilities management and oil and gas) and a regulatory enforcement (Agriculture, Manufacturing and Major Hazard Facilties), I take a very pragmatic approach to research and innovation. To me, research needs to have a practical outcome and application to industry, workplace, or specific activities which constitute work. My research lab includes those the workplaces I visit, the stakeholders  I engage with, and the physical, social and cultural environment amidst which work and intercations occur. 

Teaching

I teach in the postgraduate Work Health and Safety programs at UON, and coordinate courses in the undergraduate BEnvOSH program taught in Singapore. I believe that all learning in higher education should be research-informed and am constantly striving to engender such a culture among the students I am responsible for. I encourage all my coursework students to think about opportunities to publish and share their work beyond the university environment, by presenting and publishing these in peer-reviewed outlets.My teaching and learning philosophy is based on a simple belief: Strive for excellence and success will follow automatically! Strive for success only, and you leave the door open to the possibility of failure! I embed this philosophy in all my teaching and learning. 

Engagement and Collaborations

At UON I represent the OHSE Discipline at the School of Health Sciences Research Committee, and the Hunter Building on the Faculty's OHS Committee and as a Fire Warden. I am also part of the Centre for Resources Health and Safety (CRHS) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER). Externally, I work closely with Associate Professor Michael Tuck from Federation University Australia, and with Associate Professor David Borys for RMIT University.

I am also a member of a number of learned societies, including the Academy of ManagementAmerican Society of Safety EngineersAustralasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgythe International Council for Research and Innovation [CIB WO99 Safety and Health in Construction] and Safety Institute of AustraliaI am also on the:

  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) Conference series, for Safety Management and Human Factors and Human Error, Reliability, Resilience, and Performance, and
  • Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Global Education and Research. 

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Ballarat
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health), University of Western Sydney
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), University of Western Sydney
  • Master of Occupational Health & Safety, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma of Mining, University of Ballarat
  • Graduate Certificate of Education, University of Ballarat

Keywords

  • Accident causation
  • Case studies
  • Construction safety
  • Integrative reviews
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Qualitative research
  • Resilience engineering
  • Safety climate
  • Safety culture
  • Safety management

Languages

  • English (Working)
  • Fijian Hindustani (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150311 Organisational Behaviour 20
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning 30
111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety 50

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2010 Annual Research Conference 2010: Best Poster 2nd Place
University of Ballarat
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Zaky S, Pillay M, 'What Constitutes Best Practice in Safety Learning following Workplace Safety Events? A Literature Review based on Social Constructionism', Journal of Economics, Business and Management, 5 36-39 (2017) [C1]
2016 Pillay M, 'Improving organisational health and safety performance: Theoretical framework and contemporary approaches', International Journal of Management Excellence, 7 855-866 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.17722/ijme.v7i3.275
2015 Pillay M, 'Accident Causation, Prevention and Safety Management: A Review of the State-of-the-art', Procedia Manufacturing, 3 1838-1845 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.224
Citations Scopus - 2
2013 Pillay M, 'Ethics of empirical qualitative research in construction health and safety: reflections from a PhD project part 1', American Journal of Sociological Research, 3 7-16 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.5923/j.sociology.20130302.01
2012 Pillay M, 'Safety Management of Small-Sized Chemical Waste Treatment Facilities in Victoria, Australia', Management, 2 221-231 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.5923/j.mm.20120205.11
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Conference (17 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Pillay M, Tuck M, 'Permit-to-work systems as a health and safety risk control strategy in mining: A prospective study in resilience engineering', Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (2017)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-60645-3_14
2017 Pillay M, 'Advancing organisational health and safety management: Are we learning the right lessons?', Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (2017)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-60525-8_5
2017 Gillman M, Pillay M, 'An integrative literature review: What are the barriers that stop organisations from learning the lessons highlighted in serious incident investigations?', Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (2017)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-60525-8_63
2017 Barlow J, Pillay M, 'Case study in best practice incident investigation', Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (2017)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-60525-8_1
2016 Newaz MT, Davis P, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'The psychological contract of safety: The missing link between safety climate and safety behaviour in construction sites', Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (2016) [E1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-41929-9_19
Co-authors Mohammad Newaz, Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis
2016 Newaz MT, Jefferies M, Davis P, Pillay M, 'Using the psychological contract to measure safety outcomes on construction sites', Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, ARCOM 2016 (2016) [E1]
Co-authors Mohammad Newaz, Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis
2016 Pillay M, 'Resilience engineering: A state-of-the-art survey of an emerging paradigm for organisational health and safety management', Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors (2016) [E1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-41929-9_20
Citations Scopus - 1
2016 Pillay M, 'Resilience engineering, gaps and prescriptions of safe work method statements part 1: The view of organisational outsiders', Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors (2016) [E1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-41929-9_25
2015 Pillay M, 'Ethics in construction health and safety research: reflections from a PhD project', Proceedings of CIB W099 Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction (2015) [E1]
2015 Pillay M, Jefferies MC, 'A revised framework for managing construction health and safety risks based on ISO 31000' (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Marcus Jefferies
2014 Pillay M, 'Taking Stock of Zero Harm: A Review of Theory on Contemporary Health and Safety Management in Construction', Proceedings - Achieving Sustainable Construction Health and Safety (2014)
2014 Pillay M, 'Progressing Zero Harm: A Review of Theory and Applications for Advancing Health and Safety Management in Construction', Proceedings - Achieving Sustainable Construction Health and Safety (2014)
2013 Pillay M, 'Harmonisation of Construction Health and Safety Laws in Australia', 19th International CIB World Building Congress 2013 (2013)
2013 Pillay M, Borys DM, 'Towards and Exploration of Safe Work Method Statements as a Safety Management Strategy in Construction: Background and Theory' (2013)
2013 Pillay M, Borys DM, 'Episodic Adaptations and Trade-offs: Examples From the Victorian Construction Industry', Proceedings 5th RE Symposium Managing trade offs (2013)
2012 Tuck M, Pillay M, 'Harmonization and Standardization of Risk Management of Underground Ventilation in Australia', 14th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium (2012)
2010 Pillay M, Borys DM, Else D, Tuck M, 'Safety culture and resilience engineering: Theory and application in improving gold mining safety' (2010)
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Other (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Pillay M, 'Disasters, accident and safety: A review of theory and applications for advancing mine safety management', (2013) [O1]
2013 Pillay M, Tuck M, 'Are we There yet? Reforms, Harmonisation, Risk Assessment, and Mine Safety Management in Australia', (2013) [O1]
2011 Pillay M, Borys D, Else D, 'Exploring Safe Work Method Statements in the Australian Construction Industry: A Prospective Study in Resilience Engineering', (2011) [O1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 10
Total funding $125,591

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20172 grants / $2,500

8th Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference, Los Angeles, USA 17-21 July 2017$2,000

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant
Project Team

Dr Manikam Pillay

Scheme Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

School Staff Travel Grant$500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - School of Health Sciences

Funding body University of Newcastle - School of Health Sciences
Project Team

Dr Manikam Pillay

Scheme SHS Staff Development Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20164 grants / $114,591

Early Career Researcher Higher Degree Scholarship$92,000

These scholarships provide an opportunity for ECRs to facilitate their own research, mature their leadership capabilities and build their reputation both as a supervisor and a researcher. In establishing their research careers, ECRs can find it difficult to secure research funding to support HDR candidates; these scholarships provide an opportunity for ECRs to supervise a fully funded HDR candidate.These scholarships also fast track the ECR to being a principal HDR supervisor. The ECR must be the principal supervisor for the scholarship recognition but is required to have an experienced supervisor as supervisory mentor and co-supervisor for the candidate.

Funding body: The University of Newcastle - Research and Innovation Division | Australia

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Research and Innovation Division | Australia
Project Team

Dr Manikam Pillay, Professor Peter Davis

Scheme UON HDR Candidate Scholarship Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON N

SIA alternative knowledge assessment$19,091

Funding body: Safety Institute of Australia Ltd

Funding body Safety Institute of Australia Ltd
Project Team Associate Professor Carole James, Mrs Adelle Liebenberg, Doctor Manikam Pillay
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1600788
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

SHS 2016 Strategic Pilot Grant Scheme$2,000

Funding body: School of Health Sciences Research and Research Training Committee

Funding body School of Health Sciences Research and Research Training Committee
Project Team

Dr Manikam Pillay

Scheme SHS 2016 Strategic Pilot Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and ergonomics, Florida, USA July 27-31$1,500

Funding body: The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team

Manikam Pillay

Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20151 grants / $1,500

6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, LA 26-30 July$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Manikam Pillay
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500851
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20132 grants / $3,500

University of Ballarat Publication Award (UBPA)$3,000

Funding body: University of Ballarat

Funding body University of Ballarat
Scheme University of Ballarat Publication Award
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

University of Ballarat Student Travel Award$500

Funding body: University of Ballarat

Funding body University of Ballarat
Scheme Student Travel Award
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20111 grants / $3,500

14th US/North American Mine Ventilation, Salt Lake City, 17-20 June$3,500

Funding body: University of Ballarat

Funding body University of Ballarat
Scheme UB School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology Travel Award
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current4

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD2.3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Examining Structural Relationships Between Organisational Safety Behavior and Accident Causation: Patterns and Their Impact on Construction Project Performance PhD (Environ & Occupat Hlth), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD High Reliability Organising Theory as a Safety Management Strategy in Construction PhD (Environ & Occupat Hlth), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD The Role of Human Factors (HF) in Managing Residual Risk in the Australian Minerals Industry PhD (Environ & Occupat Hlth), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD The Psychological Contract to Measure Safety Outcomes on Construction Sites PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Opportunities

Edited Book: Occupational Health and Safety

This book will be a self-contained collection of scholarly papers from academics, Ph.D candidates, researchers, practitioners and professionals, and seeks to inform current state-of-the-art in OHS. I invite you all to consider submitting a Book Chapter, which will be published by InTech and indexed in the WEB OF SCIENCE BOOK CITATION INDEX.

Other

School of Health Sciences

16/09/2017 - 30/04/2018

https://www.intechopen.com/welcome/16c890d52b56e0b60db5224505004d4e/

Contact

Doctor Manikam Pillay
University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
manikam.pillay@newcastle.edu.au

Advancing Occupational Safety Management in High Risk Work Contexts

This research provides an opportunity for candidates to undertake research in Advanced approaches to Occupational safety management, in high risk contexts such as construction, healthcare or mining. Students can engage in a wide range of topics such as psychological contracts of safety, safety climate and culture, safety management systems, ethical safety behaviour, high-reliability and organisational learning. Candidates will work closely with active researchers from the Centres of Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research and Resources Health and Safety.

PHD

School of Health Sciences

11/04/2017 - 31/03/2022

Contact

Doctor Manikam Pillay
University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
manikam.pillay@newcastle.edu.au

Systematic review: vibration and musculoskeletal disorders among construction and mining workers

Musculoskeletal disorders are a significant issue in mining and construction companies. One possible reason is due to the continued use of elctrically driven equipment and machines which creates vibration hazards. However, the links between vibration hazards and the development of MSDS has not been investigated. This systematic review will be one of the first in this area.

Honours

School of Health Sciences- Occupatioal Health and Safety/ Occupational Therapy

1/08/2017 - 30/11/2018

Contact

Doctor Manikam Pillay
University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
manikam.pillay@newcastle.edu.au

Resilience Engineering and Organisational Safety Management

Resilience engineering has been suggested to be part of the fifth age, or third era, of safety management. It represents the most recent innovation in the field, and is gaining momentum in Europe and US. However, there has been limited research on RE from an Australian context, so there is a lot of scope for candidates to develop their own research questions to explore and investigate the key principles. Opportunities for research projects exist at Honours, Masters and Fellowship levels. Candidates can choose to conduct their research in Mining, Construction or Healthcare.

PHD

Health Sciences

31/07/2017 - 30/06/2022

Contact

Doctor Manikam Pillay
University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
manikam.pillay@newcastle.edu.au

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Dr Manikam Pillay

Position

Lecturer
Occupational Health and Safety
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email manikam.pillay@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7438
Fax (02) 4921 7053
Links Google+
Twitter

Office

Room HC24
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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