Dr Manikam Pillay

Dr Manikam Pillay

Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Pillay (Mani) is a Social Scientist and a developing leader in Organisational safety behaviour and management at the School of Health Sciences. 

RESEARCH

Mani's research focuses on narrowing the gaps between work-as-imaged and work-as-performed  in organisational safety behaviour and management by exploring and investigating, inter-alia, research questions such as:

  1. whether 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 practiced
  3. how and what type of gaps exist between prescription and practice of safe systems of work
  4. what strategies, approaches and methods are used to narrow such gaps, and
  5. the extent to which safe systems of work can be integrated with normal accidents, high-reliability and resilience engineering schools of thinking to drive improvements in organisational safety management.

He has authored or co-authored over 40 major research publications and continues to attract international higher degree by research candidates keen to join his research team.

Mani takes a very pragmatic approach to research and innovation. To him, teaching and research need to have a practical outcome and application to industry, workplace, or specific activities which constitute work. His research lab includes workplaces he visits, the stakeholders he engages with, and the physical, social and cultural environment amidst which such work and interactions occur. In the same vein his teaching efforts are aimed at developing his students' abilities to identify, deal and manage everyday issues using practical strategies, methods and approaches.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Mani teaches in the postgraduate Work Health and Safety programs at UON which is run fully Online, and also provides service teaching in the School's undergraduate degrees. He has previously coordinated a course in the School's Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety program taught through UON Singapore.

Mani is a strong believer that teaching and learning in higher education should be research-informed, and he constantly strives to engender such a culture among the students he is responsible for. He encourages all his students to extend the work they produce for assessments beyond the university environment, by sharing and presenting these in peer-reviewed outlets even if they are not engaged as higher degree by research candidates. Mani's 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! He has embedded this philosophy in all his teaching and learning. Feedback from his courses suggest these strategies have been received very well by his students

  • "Mani encourages his students to aim higher with our studies and offers support and opportunities with this”
  • "I have found Mani to be very professional and always looking to find ways for students to do more then just achieve a pass. Mani is always looking for his students to earn distinctions or higher and not just settle for "rough enough is good enough.”
  • “Mani is a great teacher who prepares us well for assessment and looks for further development opportunities for his students. I have enjoyed being in his class again.”
  • " I just want to tell you that you are the best teacher I have ever had and I appreciate so much your constant encouragement towards excellence."
  • "I find Mani to be a great teacher…"

Engagement and Collaborations

At UON Mani represents the OHSE Discipline at the School's Research Committee, and the Hunter Building as the Faculty's OHS Committee, and as a Fire Warden. He is also with the Centres for Resources Health and Safet(CRHS) and Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER). 

Externally, he continues to work closely with Associate Professor Michael Tuck from Federation University Australia.

Mani is also with Academy of Management (AoM), American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), International Council for Research and Innovation [CIB WO99 Safety and Health in Construction], Safety Institute of Australia (SIA). He also serves on Editorial Boards for the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) Conference series, Journal of Global Education and Research, International Journal of Applied Management Science and Engineering, and International Journal of Management Applications. He is also a peer-reviewer for a number of academic journals published by Elsevier and MDPI.


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
111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety 40
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning 40

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.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Pillay M, Tuck M, Occupational Health and Safety A Multi-Regional Perspective, Intech Open, England, 122 (2018)
DOI 10.5772/intechopen.70949

Chapter (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Boateng EB, Pillay M, Davis P, 'Predicting the Level of Safety Performance Using an Artificial Neural Network', Human Systems Engineering and Design. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design (IHSED2018): Future Trends and Applications, Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland 705-710 (2019)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-02053-8_107
Co-authors Peter Davis, Emmanuel Boateng Uon
2018 Pillay M, 'A comparative analysis of AS/NZS 4801, ISO 45000 and OHSAS 18001 Safety Management Systems', Human systems integration and design, Springer, Cham (2018)
2018 Nyomi W, Pillay M, Rubin JM, Jefferies M, 'Organizational factors, residual risk management and accident causation in the mining industry: A systematic literature review.', Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors, Springer, Cham, Switzerland 14-23 (2018) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-94589-7_2
Co-authors Mark Rubin, Marcus Jefferies, Wonder Nyoni Uon
2018 Pillay M, Tuck M, 'Preface', Occupational health and safety: A multi-regional perspective, InTech Open, London, England vii-ix (2018)
2018 Pillay M, 'The Utility of M-31000 for Managing Health and Safety Risks: A Pilot Investigation', Occupational Health and Safety - A Multi-Regional Perspective, InTech Open, London, UK 89-105 (2018) [B1]
DOI 10.5772/intechopen.70949
2018 Newaz MT, Davis P, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'Role of Psychological Contract to Influence Safety Behaviour at Construction Sites', Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany 545-555 (2018) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-94589-7_53
Co-authors Tanvi Newaz, Peter Davis, Marcus Jefferies
2018 Enya A, Dempsey S, Pillay M, 'High reliability organisation (HRO) principles of collective mindfulness: An opportunity to improve construction safety management', Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany 3-13 (2018) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-94589-7_1
Co-authors Shane Dempsey, Andrew Enya Uon
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Journal article (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Newaz MT, Davis P, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'Using a psychological contract of safety to predict safety climate on construction sites', Journal of Safety Research, 68 9-19 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.jsr.2018.10.012
Co-authors Marcus Jefferies
2019 Newaz MT, Davis P, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'The psychological contract: A missing link between safety climate and safety behaviour on construction sites', Safety Science, 112 9-17 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ssci.2018.10.002
Co-authors Tanvi Newaz, Peter Davis, Marcus Jefferies
2018 Newaz MT, Davis PR, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'Developing a safety climate factor model in construction research and practice: A systematic review identifying future directions for research', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 25 738-757 (2018) [C1]

© 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: Safety climate and its impact on safety performance is well established; however, researchers in this field suggest that the absence o... [more]

© 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: Safety climate and its impact on safety performance is well established; however, researchers in this field suggest that the absence of a common assessment framework is a reflection of the state of development of this concept. The purpose of this paper is to propose a five-factor model that can be used to diagnose and measure safety climate in construction safety research and practice. Design/methodology/approach: A systematic review was adopted, and following Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines, 574 articles were selected at the start of the study based on a developed review protocol for investigating safety climate factors. While examining the factor analysis of different studies, data reliability and data validity of the individual research findings were considered and frequency of factors uploaded was used to determine the significance as a quantitative measure to develop the ranking of safety climate factors. Findings: The review identified that, from the established measures of safety climate in construction, there is little uniformity on factor importance. However, management commitment safety system role of the supervisor; workers¿ involvement and group safety climate were found to be the most common across the studies reviewed. It is proposed these factors are used to inform a five-factor model for investigating safety climate in the construction industry. Originality/value: The findings of this study will motivate researchers and practitioners in safety to use the five-factor safety climate model presented in this paper and test it to develop a common factor structure for the construction industry. The fact that the model is comprised of five factors makes it easier to be used and implemented by small-to medium-sized construction companies, therefore enhancing its potential use.

DOI 10.1108/ECAM-02-2017-0038
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Tanvi Newaz, Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis
2018 Enya A, Pillay M, Dempsey S, 'A Systematic Review on High Reliability Organisational Theory as a Safety Management Strategy in Construction', Safety, 4 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/safety4010006
Co-authors Shane Dempsey, Andrew Enya Uon
2017 Pillay M, 'Resilience engineering: An integrative review of fundamental concepts and directions for future research in safety management', Open Journal of Safety Science and Technology, 7 129-160 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.4236/ojsst.2017.74012
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]
DOI 10.18178/joebm.2017.5.1.481
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 - 10Web of Science - 5
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 (21 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Pillay M, 'A Comparative Analysis of AS/NZS 4801, ISO 45000 and OHSAS 18001 Safety Management Systems', Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (2019)

© 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Safety management systems (SMS) have been used by many organizations to manage workplace safety for over five decades. Wide ranges of these... [more]

© 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Safety management systems (SMS) have been used by many organizations to manage workplace safety for over five decades. Wide ranges of these are available. However, there is very little published research on the strengths and weaknesses of each. This is a significant gap, which this article seeks to address through an integrative review of the published literature, by comparing and contrasting three SMS.

DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-02053-8_121
2018 Pillay M, 'A PRAGMATIST FRAMEWORK FOR REVISING HIGHER EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY', ICERI2018 Proceedings (2018)
DOI 10.21125/iceri.2018.2603
2018 Newaz MT, Davis P, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'Validation of the psychological contract of safety scale on construction sites', Validation of the psychological contract of safety scale on construction sites, Singapore (2018)
Co-authors Tanvi Newaz, Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis
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, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA (2017) [E1]
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, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA (2017) [E1]
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, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA (2017) [E1]
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, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA (2017) [E1]
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, Florida, USA (2016) [E1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-41929-9_19
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Tanvi 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, Manchester UK (2016) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Tanvi Newaz, Peter Davis, Marcus Jefferies
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, Florida, USA (2016) [E1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-41929-9_20
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
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, Walt Disney World ® , Florida, USA (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, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2015) [E1]
2015 Pillay M, Jefferies MC, 'A revised framework for managing construction health and safety risks based on ISO 31000', Proceedings CIB W099 Belfast 2015, Belfast, Northern Ireland (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, Lund, Sweden (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, Lund, Sweden (2014)
2013 Pillay M, 'Harmonisation of Construction Health and Safety Laws in Australia', 19th International CIB World Building Congress 2013, Brisbane, QLD (2013)
2013 Pillay M, Borys DM, 'Towards and Exploration of Safe Work Method Statements as a Safety Management Strategy in Construction: Background and Theory', Bangkok, Thailand (2013)
2013 Pillay M, Borys DM, 'Episodic Adaptations and Trade-offs: Examples From the Victorian Construction Industry', Proceedings 5th RE Symposium Managing trade offs, Soesterberg, The Netherlands (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, Salt Lake City, Utah (2012)
2010 Pillay M, Borys DM, Else D, Tuck M, 'Safety culture and resilience engineering: Theory and application in improving gold mining safety', Ballarat, Australia (2010)
2009 Pillay M, Borys D, Else D, 'Resilience Engineering: Snapshot of an Emerging Safety Paradigm' (2009)
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Other (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Pillay M, 'Permit-to-work systems as a health and safety risk control strategy in Mining: A prospective study in resilience engineering', (2017) [O1]
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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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Pillay M, Exploring Resilience Engineering Through the Prescription and Practice of Safe Work Method Statements in the Victorian Construction Industry, (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 14
Total funding $148,932

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


20181 grants / $9,341

SHS 2018 Strategic Pilot Grant$9,341

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

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

Dr Manikam Pillay, A/P Shane Dempsey

Scheme SHS 2018 Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20173 grants / $94,500

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 2017
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

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

20163 grants / $22,591

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 C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
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

20141 grants / $5,000

CIBW099 Health and Safety in Construction, Lund, 2-3 June$5,000

Funding body: Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

Funding body Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON N

20134 grants / $12,500

35th ICSMRI: London, 15-17 October$5,500

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 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

CITC-VII: Bangkok, 19-21 December$3,500

Funding body: Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

Funding body Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
Scheme Staff Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

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
Current6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Integration of Resilience Engineering For Advancing Occupational Health and Safety in Construction Industry PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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
2017 PhD Integrating Safety Climate With Resilience Engineering For Advanced Occupational Health and Safety Practices in the Construction Industry PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-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 Projects

Advancing ocupational health and safety management 2016 -

This research aims to advance research and practice in OHS management, in collaboration with the Centres for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER) and Resources, Health and Safety (CRHS) at the University of Newcastle. Both research centres have excellent track records in working with industry to conduct research. Industries targeted in this research includes those which have been identified as a priority for action under the Australian work health and strategy 2012-2022 by Safe Work Australia. The research will utilise the five age/three era framework of accident causation, prevention and management to assess, explore, evaluate and measure the effectiveness associated with a range of safety management strategies, including:

1. regulations (including under the harmonised arrangements),

2. social interactions and / consultation mechanisms, 

3. safe systems of work, including safety rules, permits to work, and work instruction,

4. safety and risk management standards,

5. organisational safety behaviour,

6. safety culture, organisational learning, 

7. normal accident and high-reliability theories, and

8. resilience engineering.

The research provides for a wide range of research methods and data collection strategies drawn from management, sciences, health and sociology. Over the course of the research will develop, test, validate, publish and make available a range of diagnostic tools that can be used for advancing further research, or for specific, targeted interventions. The broad scope of the project provides a number of opportunities for a number of Honours, MPhil, PhD candidates and Research Fellows.

Publications

Pillay M, Borys D, Else D, 'Exploring Safe Work Method Statements in the Australian Construction Industry: A Prospective Study in Resilience Engineering', (2011) [O1]

Pillay M, 'Safety Management of Small-Sized Chemical Waste Treatment Facilities in Victoria, Australia', Management, 2 221-231 (2012) [C1]

Pillay M, 'Disasters, accident and safety: A review of theory and applications for advancing mine safety management', (2013) [O1]

Pillay M, Exploring Resilience Engineering Through the Prescription and Practice of Safe Work Method Statements in the Victorian Construction Industry, (2013)

Pillay M, 'Accident Causation, Prevention and Safety Management: A Review of the State-of-the-art', Procedia Manufacturing, 3 1838-1845 (2015) [C1]

Pillay M, 'Improving organisational health and safety performance: Theoretical framework and contemporary approaches', International Journal of Management Excellence, 7 855-866 (2016) [C1]

Pillay M, 'Advancing organisational health and safety management: Are we learning the right lessons?', Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA (2017) [E1]

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, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA (2017) [E1]

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]

Enya A, Dempsey S, Pillay M, 'High reliability organisation (HRO) principles of collective mindfulness: An opportunity to improve construction safety management', Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany 3-13 (2018) [B1]

Pillay M, Tuck M, Occupational Health and Safety A Multi-Regional Perspective, Intech Open, England, 122 (2018)

Opportunities

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

2017 - 2022

Contact

Doctor Manikam Pillay
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

2017 - 2022

Contact

Doctor Manikam Pillay
manikam.pillay@newcastle.edu.au


Construction health and safety research 2015 -

This project seeks to improve the way health and safety is conceived and managed in the construction industry. This will be done, inter-alia, through a series of benchmarking, pilot and full scale investigations, by integrating contemporary and advanced strategies. Construction has been identified as a priority high-risk industry for action under the 2012-2022 Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy. The project will be developed and implemented through the Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research, and involve engagement and collaboration with key construction companies. The project is expected to span across a number of PhD, Masters and Honours candidates.

Publications

Pillay M, Borys DM, 'Episodic Adaptations and Trade-offs: Examples From the Victorian Construction Industry', Proceedings 5th RE Symposium Managing trade offs, Soesterberg, The Netherlands (2013)

Pillay M, 'Harmonisation of Construction Health and Safety Laws in Australia', 19th International CIB World Building Congress 2013, Brisbane, QLD (2013)

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, Lund, Sweden (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, Lund, Sweden (2014)

Pillay M, Jefferies MC, 'A revised framework for managing construction health and safety risks based on ISO 31000', Proceedings CIB W099 Belfast 2015, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2015) [E1]

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, Manchester UK (2016) [E1]

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, Walt Disney World ® , Florida, USA (2016) [E1]

Enya A, Pillay M, Dempsey S, 'A Systematic Review on High Reliability Organisational Theory as a Safety Management Strategy in Construction', Safety, 4 (2018) [C1]

Newaz MT, Davis PR, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'Developing a safety climate factor model in construction research and practice: A systematic review identifying future directions for research', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 25 738-757 (2018) [C1]


Research methods in health and safety management 2015 -

Under development

Publications

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]

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, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2015) [E1]

Barlow J, Pillay M, 'Case study in best practice incident investigation', Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA (2017) [E1]


Minining health and safety management 2010 -

Grants

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

Funding body: University of Ballarat

Funding body University of Ballarat
Scheme UB School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology Travel Award

35th ICSMRI: London, 15-17 October

Funding body: University of Ballarat

Funding body University of Ballarat
Scheme UB School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology Travel Award

Publications

Pillay M, Borys DM, Else D, Tuck M, 'Safety culture and resilience engineering: Theory and application in improving gold mining safety', Ballarat, Australia (2010)

Tuck M, Pillay M, 'Harmonization and Standardization of Risk Management of Underground Ventilation in Australia', 14th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah (2012)

Pillay M, Tuck M, 'Revisiting Occupational Health and Safety Management in Mining: Towards New Ways of Thinking' (2012)

Pillay M, Tuck M, 'Are we There yet? Reforms, Harmonisation, Risk Assessment, and Mine Safety Management in Australia', (2013) [O1]

Pillay M, 'Disasters, Accidents and Safety: a Review of Theory and Applications for Advancing Mine Safety Management' (2013)


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Research Opportunities

Construction health and safety research

This project seeks to improve the way health and safety is conceived and managed in the construction industry. This will be done, inter-alia, through a series of benchmarking, pilot and full scale investigations, by integrating contemporary and advanced strategies. Construction has been identified as a priority high-risk industry for action under the 2012-2022 Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy. The project will be developed and implemented through the Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research, and involve engagement and collaboration with key construction companies. The project is expected to span across a number of PhD, Masters and Honours candidates.

PHD

School of Health Sciences

9/05/2016 - 31/12/2022

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

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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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 18
United Kingdom 2
Canada 1
United States 1
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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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