Our Editors

Editor-in-Chief

Michael Selinger

Michael Selinger
Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Health and Safety Handbook

Partner, Workplace Relations and Safety, Holding Redlich
LLB, BA (Hons) (ANU)

 

Michael is a Partner in the Sydney office of Holding Redlich. He practices in all areas of workplace relations with a special focus on occupational health and safety.

Michael’s expertise includes:

  • industrial disputes, litigation and coronial enquiries;
  • occupational health and safety;
  • protection of confidential information and restraints of trade;
  • employment contracts;
  • the Fair Work Act 2009 and the interpretation of industrial instruments;
  • transmissions of business;
  • company restructuring; and
  • internal workplace investigations and dealing with investigations by regulatory agencies.

Michael acts for a diverse range of clients, including construction and manufacturing companies, media, education and not-for-profit organisations, and government bodies.

Before joining Holding Redlich, Michael’s practice included acting on behalf of WorkCover NSW in prosecuting breaches of the Occupational Health & Safety Act (NSW).

Michael has extensive litigation experience in employment disputes and defending occupational health and safety prosecutions and regularly appears in State and Federal courts and tribunals. Michael is a regular presenter of seminars and training on workplace issues, in particular on occupational health and safety issues.

Phone: (02) 8083 0430

Website: www.holdingredlich.com

Contributors

Andrew Douglas

Andrew Douglas
Principal, Employment and Industrial Relations, Macpherson+Kelley Lawyers
LLB (Hons), Graduate Diploma of Corporations and Security Law (Hons), FSIA

Andrew Douglas is a Principal in the Employment and Industrial Relations team at Macpherson+Kelley Lawyers. Andrew writes on workplace law issues for both print and electronic media, and his areas of expertise include:

  • industrial relations;
  • employment law;
  • occupational health and safety;
  • equal opportunity;
  • privacy;
  • surveillance; and
  • workers’ compensation.

Andrew is also a National Director of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Chairman of Awards

Victoria, and is an honorary fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia. He guest lectures at Victoria University and VIOSH, and speaks at various seminars and conferences about industrial relations, employment, and occupational health and safety.

Andrew’s principal areas of practice are in industrial relations, employment, equal opportunity, and occupational health and safety law – appearing in courts, tribunals and commissions throughout Australia.

Phone: (03) 8615 9915

Website: www.mk.com.au

Charles Power

Charles Power
Editor-in-Chief of the Employment Law Practical Handbook

Partner, Workplace Relations, Holding Redlich
Accredited Workplace Relations Specialist
LLB, BEc (Hons) (Monash)

 

Charles Power is a Partner in the Workplace Relations department of Holding Redlich, and he has practiced in employment and industrial relations since 1992.

Charles has a strong practice representing employers in all aspects of employment and industrial law, and is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a workplace relations specialist. He is a member of the advisory board to the Centre for Employment & Labour Relations Law, the University of Melbourne and the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Charles is a former associate to a Senior Deputy President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and a former adviser to a Federal government minister. Charles was the joint winner of the Industrial Arbitration Prize in 1992.

Phone: (03) 9321 9999

Website: www.holdingredlich.com

Gella Rips

Gella Rips
Lawyer, Workplace Relations and Safety, Holding Redlich
LLB (Hons), B Media (Macquarie University)

Gella is a lawyer in the Sydney office of Holding Redlich and practices in all areas of workplace relations. Gella works with a diverse range of clients over a number of industries.

Gella’s expertise includes:

  • advising on the operation and interpretation of industrial instruments and legislation;
  • drafting and reviewing employment contracts, executive contracts and contractor agreements;
  • drafting and advising on company policies and procedures;
  • undertaking employment-related due diligence in transfers of business; and
  • providing advice in relation to termination, redundancy and related entitlements.

Gella is also the Secretary of the NSW Young Lawyers Workplace and Safety Law Committee.

Phone: (02) 8083 0351

Email: gella.rips@holdingredlich.com

Saide Bittar

Saide Bittar
Lawyer, Workplace Relations, Macpherson+Kelley Lawyers

LLB (Hons), Deakin University

Saide is admitted to practice in the State of Victoria and is a lawyer with Macpherson+ Kelley Lawyers in the Workplace Relations department, working exclusively in WorkCover and occupational health and safety.

Saide has a background in occupational health and safety consulting specialising in the national WHS laws, providing corporate clients with their legal health and safety obligations. She also has a thorough knowledge of mining and rail safety laws, and continues to broaden her understanding of other related areas.

Angela Godfrey

Angela Godfrey
Head of HR, Asia Pacific, Federated Investors
BA (Pol) (Hons), Institute of HR (UK)

Angela Godfrey has over 20 years of successful and diversified human resources (HR) generalist experience gained in medium-to-large blue chip organisations. She currently works for Federated Investors, a large global funds management company as their Head of HR, Asia Pacific.

Angela’s previous experience has been gained through her own HR consulting business and working in financial services including VFMC and Aviva Australia.

Corey Innes

Corey Innes
Workplace Health & Safety Coordinator – St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne
BApplied Science (OHS), Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hygiene

 

Corey Innes has extensive experience in workplace health and safety assessments, training, audits and occupational monitoring programs within Australia.

His work assignments include:

  • the development and implementation of proactive occupational hygiene monitoring programs;
  • occupational health and safety management system preparation, implementation and audits; chemical hazard investigations;
  • injury and illness investigations; and
  • indoor air quality investigations.

Corey has extensive experience in workplace hazardous materials assessment including, asbestos, silica, rubber fume, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, volatile organic compounds and welding fume.

Corey has worked with both the public and private sectors in Australia and he currently coordinates organisational health and safety at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne.

Corey is a Chartered Professional Member of the Safety Institute of Australia and a Provisional Member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists. Corey is also registered as a Lead Auditor (OHS) with the RABQSA.

Phone: (03) 9411 7682
Website: www.stvmph.org.au

Gary Rowe

Gary Rowe
CEO, Safety Action Pty Ltd
Certified Practicing Risk Manager (CPRM)
Director, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Victoria
BE (Civil), Graduate Diploma of Education, Graduate Diploma Occupational Hazard
Management, MAICD, CPRM

Gary Rowe is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Safety Action Pty Ltd, and he has over 25 years of experience managing safety and risk management programs. His specialties include:

  • safety leadership and culture;
  • safety systems;
  • independent adviser and facilitator roles;
  • risk assessments; and
  • independent audits.

Gary was previously Deputy General Manager at Richard Oliver International, OHS Manager of National Safety Council of Australia, Inaugural Safety Coordinator for Swinburne University and Safety Engineer for the Department of Agriculture, among other roles.

His professional memberships include the Institution of Engineers Australia, the Australian Institute of Risk Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and he is a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia. Gary is a non-executive director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Victoria and the chairperson of its Governance Committee.

Phone: (03) 9690 6311

Email: enquiries@safetyaction.com.au

Website: www.safetyaction.com.au

Michel Moutia

Michel Moutia
Director, Risk Program Management Pty Ltd
BE, Post Grad Risk Management

 

Michel is a certified practicing risk manager and Director with Risk Program Management Pty Ltd, and has over 22 years industry experience in engineering, manufacturing operations, quality, safety, property, sustainability, environmental and business risk management.

His key specialties include:

  • strategic business risk profiling;
  • continuity planning;
  • workplace inspection and auditing;
  • development of management systems;
  • safety and environmental training;
  • compliance advice and implementation; and
  • asset, property, safety and environmental risk assessments.

Michel’s other areas of expertise include project planning and management, lead auditor (management system), business and engineering solutions and NATA laboratory management.

Michel’s previous professional experience includes strategic consultation in business risk, workers’ compensation, health and safety, asset and property protection, sustainability and environmental strategies.

Phone: 0432 332 681
Email: michel.moutia@gmail.com

Joel Zyngier

Joel Zyngier
Senior Associate, Employment and Industrial Relations, Holding Redlich
LLB (Hons), BA (PolSc) (Melb)

 

Joel Zyngier is a member of the Employment and Industrial Relations department at Holding Redlich, and he has experience acting on behalf of corporations and individuals in a variety of matters. His areas of practice include:

  • employment and industrial relations;
  • occupational health and safety;
  • discrimination;
  • coronial inquests;
  • regulatory compliance; and
  • general contractual disputes.

Prior to joining Holding Redlich, Joel was an Associate at the Australian Industrial Relations Commission where he gained broad exposure to various matters in employment and industrial relations law. Joel has also worked in litigation at a large national commercial law firm where he gained broad exposure to general commercial dispute resolution.

Joel has gained broad litigation experience at Holding Redlich in small and large-scale matters in Fair Work Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, the Federal Magistrates’ Court of Australia and the Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts of Victoria, the Coroner’s Court and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Phone: (03) 9321 9824
Website: www.holdingredlich.com.au

Andrea Rowe

Andrea Rowe
Safety & Risk Advisor, Safety Action Pty Ltd
Graduate Diploma Occupational Hazard Management, BSc (Biomedical), PostGrad Diploma Genetics

 

Andrea Rowe has been working as a Safety & Risk Advisor with Safety Action Pty Ltd since 2005. During this time, Andrea has gained extensive international experience, having facilitated machinery safety workshops around the world including in the UK, US, India, Europe and Asia. Using skills and knowledge gained from a background in medical research, Andrea also specialises in chemical and dangerous goods aspects of safety.

Andrea enjoys being an advocate workplace safety by being a Safe Work Australia Week Ambassador (2011 and 2012), and by promoting occupational safety using social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Phone: (03) 9690 6311
Email: andrea.rowe@safetyaction.com.au
Website: www.safetyaction.com.au

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones
Freelance Writer & OHS Consultant, Workplace Safety Services P/L
BA FSIA

 

Kevin has been active in the area of occupational health and safety for over 20 years, has his own company, and has been managing the award-winning SafetyAtWorkBlog (safetyatworkblog.com) since February 2008.

For many years, Kevin published the SafetyATWORK magazine, a regular online publication for safety professionals that was distributed globally. From this, he developed a weekly OHS bulletin for Australian safety professionals. The bulletin led to a similar and very popular product being published for an OHS professional association for several years.

Kevin has contributed to many publications, including:

  • the Journal of Occupational Health and Safety Australia and New Zealand;
  • WorkSafe Victoria publications Manual Handling in the Food Industry and Dairy Safety – A Practical Guide;
  • LexisNexis Australia’s Employment Law Bulletin;
  • RTWMatters;
  • LabourStart;
  • Business Spectator; and
  • Crikey.com.

Since mid-2010, Kevin has been advising the Victorian Department of Transport of occupational health and safety issues on various infrastructure projects and has recently joined the Regional Rail Link as a Specialist Safety Adviser.

Phone: 0434 121 163
Website: www.safetyatworkblog.com

Jon Temby

Jon Temby
Director, Jon Temby and Associates Pty Ltd
CFSIA, RSP (Aust), AFAIM

Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hazard Management, Graduate Diploma of Educational Administration, Diploma of Education, Associate of RMIT, Cert 4 Training and Assessment

Jon Temby has over 25 years’ experience in health and safety and related fields. As Director of Jon Temby and Associates Pty Ltd, Jon assists clients to improve safety management awareness, capability and implementation, achieve health and safety certifications, and develop compliance with legislative obligations. This regularly involves providing:

  • health and safety advice on policies;
  • strategic planning;
  • practical risk management;
  • project and site assessments;
  • auditing; and
  • management support and strategies to implement health and safety improvements and build sustainable safety cultures.

Jon is also an experienced health and safety incident investigator, subject matter expert and expert witness.

Jon has contributed to the achievement of major and sustainable health and safety performance improvements in corporate roles across several industries, including:

  • National OHS Operations Manager with Leighton Contractors Industrial and Services Division;
  • Group HSSE Manager with United Group Limited;
  • Health and Safety Manager with ADI Munitions; and
  • Business performance improvement as health and safety management consultant to mining, construction, agribusiness, manufacturing, processing and transport related companies and government departments.

Jon is a member of several boards and is chairperson of the Victorian Branch of the Safety Institute of Australia Ltd.