Dr Marcus Cattani

Dr Cattani is one of Australia’s leading occupational health and safety specialists. The Journey Program™ is the culmination of his 25 years’ experience helping high risk businesses – in utilities including power stations, mining, chemicals, manufacturing and aerospace – to reduce their exposure to the devastating cost of safety failure.

An expert in the field of safety leadership and performance management, Dr Cattani’s breakthrough program tackles the last major frontier in safety risk – the human factor.  His step-by-step approach uses simple yet effective behavioural techniques to generate the employee awareness and commitment needed to sustain an injury free workplace.  Underpinned by good science and practical business thinking, the modular program is one of the first of its kind for employees and team leaders whose attitude critically impacts safety behaviour on the shopfloor. It uses a dynamic combination of leadership, strategic planning, risk management and occupational hygiene to forecast, manage and control safety risk – with outstanding results.

In an impressive career spanning two decades, Marcus has successfully fulfilled challenging operational roles as Occupational Hygiene Manager for British Aerospace, Ciba Geigy and Rio Tinto Iron Ore. A respected researcher, teacher and academic, he is architect of award-winning occupational hygiene programs in some of the world’s most demanding and high risk industries. Marcus has conducted thousands of hygiene surveys across worksites and industries around the world.

A sought-after presenter, trainer and executive coach, Dr Cattani is a member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Appleton Institute, of Central Queensland University, where his simple yet effective method is helping to guide safety thinking for a new generation.

Academic Papers

Cattani, M.P., Pisaniello, D.L., Edwards, J. W. and Cena, K.  1998, ‘Pesticide Exposure Monitoring’ In Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists Annual. 

Cattani, M.P., Pisaniello, D.L., Edwards, J. W. and Cena, K.  2000, ‘Comparative study of methods of dermal exposure assessment and control’ In IOHA 4th International Scientific Conference (ED Manuell, R W.) International Occupational Hygiene Association, Cairns.

Cattani, M.P., Cena, K., Edwards, J. W. and Pisaniello, D.L.  2001b, ‘Potential dermal and inhalation exposure to chlorpyrifos in Australian pesticide workers’ In Annals of Occupational Hygiene, vol45, pp. 299-308.

Cattani, M.P., Cena, K., Edwards, J. W. and Pisaniello, D.L.  2001a, ‘Pest control operators: risk perception and practice of pest control operators using chlorpyrifos’ In Journal of Occupational Health and Safety – Australian and New Zealand, vol. 17, pp. 295-299.

 Dyer, S. M., Cattani, M., Pisaniello, D. M., Williams, F.M. and Edwards, J. W. 2001, ‘Peripheral cholinesterase inhibition by occupational chlorpyrifos exposure in Australian termiticide applicators’ In Toxicology, vol. 169, pp. 177 – 185.

Pisaniello, D., Edwards, J., Cattani, M. and Tkaczuk, M. 2000, Exposures and health effects among pest control operators using the insecticide chlorpyrifos. Report for the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission’ University of Adelaide, Adelaide.

Blewett, V.,  Rainbird, S.,  Dorrian, Jill., Paterson, Jessica., and Cattani, M.  2012, ‘Keeping rail on track: preliminary findings on safety culture in Australian rail’ In A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, vol. 41, supplement 1/2012.


Doctor of Philosophy (Murdoch University, WA)
“Occupational exposure assessment and health effects of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.”.  This research project, a collaboration with four universities, developed exposure assessment techniques for chlorpyrifos, which were applied to pesticide workers, together with behavioural assessments. Remedial plans were provided to reduce exposure.

Master of Science (Institute of Occupational Medicine and Aberdeen University, UK)
Occupational health and hygiene, Safety Management Systems coursework followed by a research project concerning investigating the attitudes of business towards the control of workplace hazards.  A targeted communication package was developed to address business needs.

Higher National Diploma (Farnborough College of Technology, UK)
A multi-disciplinary course teaching fieldwork and laboratory skills, in the identification, assessment and control of hazards in the workplace and external environment. Following the coursework a placement to CSIRO in Western Australia.

Advanced Diploma in Frontline Management