David is a unique combination of OHS educator, researcher and consultant whose work spans Australia and the United States.
His teaching expertise is in the area of OHS management. Focus areas for my research are organisational culture and the link to OHS outcomes, safety rules, the value proposition for the OHS professional and the Body of Knowledge for the generalist OHS professional.
Other research interests include OHS intervention evaluation, understanding and managing the gap between work-as-imagined and work-as-done, new ways of measuring OHS performance and, the value of shared mental models and systems thinking for managing OHS risk.
David favours a sociological perspective of organisations, work and risk, combining symbolic interactionism and ethnography as a lens to better understand work from a worker and work group perspective. As a consultant I have worked with business leaders to help them develop a shared mental model of OHS risk control based on systems thinking and, how to understand and manage the gap between work-as-imagined and work-as-done.