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Robert O'Neill - Practice Leader

Robert O’ Neill

Robert is the founder and OHS Consulting Practice Leader of Work Safety Hub, with more than 15 years’ experience in managing safety and risk management programs.

"I find it very rewarding to apply a research-based approach to improving organisational safety performance. It's exciting to be one the consultants actively applying lessons from the research in this area."

His key specialties include:

  • safety leadership and culture
  • safety management systems
  • independent advisor and facilitator roles
  • risk analysis and assessments
  • independent reviews and audits

Robert’s other areas of expertise include coaching managers and supervisors in leadership skills.

He is currently responsible for the overall performance of the OHS Consulting practice and serving external clients. He works with clients and contractors to identify, evaluate, and solve a wide range of safety and health-related needs. Robert has extensive industry experience, the practice now serves many National publicly listed and government organisations.

Recent Engagements

Robert leads corporate-wide initiatives to improve safety performance. Associated with these assignments has been the development and implementation of a number of culturally aligned safety management systems. These programs have saved businesses significant costs by preventing fatalities, injuries and disease, as well as employing effective injury management practices, the systems encourage organisational resilience and improved performance.

Areas of Specialisation

  • Workplace safety and organisational culture transformation
  • Contractor safety issues
  • Design and implementation of corporate safety strategic initiatives

Selected Accomplishments

  • Leading a corporate-wide network to leverage best practices for safety performance
  • Driving culture change and improving performance within numerous businesses
  • Appointed to the WorkSafe Victoria panel of consultants for OHS Essentials Program

Professional Experience

Robert has an impressive breadth and depth of experience in employee safety standards and practices. He has represented Work Safety Hub on industry groups and committees.

He is a recognised authority on workplace safety. Robert regularly leads workshops on topics such as managing contractor safety and how organisations that commit to achieving a world-class safety culture can improve their business’ bottom line outcomes.

Robert has written and co-authored numerous white papers based on his research, including Beyond the Ordinary and A Guide to Creating a Positive Safety Culture. He has written extensively for business publications and enjoys talking at many events. 


  • Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management - RMIT University
  • Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - RMIT University
  • Certified Generalist OHS Professional (COHSProf) - SIA
  • Chartered OHS Professional (CPMSIA) - SIA
  • Registered Safety Professional (Australia)
  • Lead Auditor OHS - RABQSA (Now Exemplar Global)
  • Diploma of Business, Quality Auditing
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment
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