Dr Sharron O’Neill, Faculty of Business and Economics
Informing work health and safety decisions
Dr O’Neill’s research applies accounting principles to the management, evaluation and reporting of work health and safety (WHS). She explains why the safety measures traditionally described as ”the gold standard” of WHS performance measurement actually fail to provide valid, relevant and reliable information for managerial decisions and why they are generally inappropriate for understanding WHS risk. Offering an alternative approach to WHS performance evaluation, Dr O’Neill is working with government and industry partners on a program of inter-related WHS research projects. These aim to help improve both policy and practice of WHS measurement, WHS reporting and WHS governance.