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We would love to hear your organisation’s safety journey. Learn from the experiences and insights of NSCA Foundation members across varied and fascinating areas of Work Health and Safety. Complete your Member Spotlight profile today to raise the profile of WHS/OHS within your organisation and be recognised as a member of Australia’s leading safety community.

First Name Ross
Last Name Macfarlane
Company RM The Risk Manager, Pty Ltd
Job Title Director & OHS Risk Manager
Industry Management OHSEQ consulting and auditing
Education and Certifications

Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry)
Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety
Grad. Cert. App. Sc. (Cleaner Production)
Exemplar Global Lead Occupational Health and Safety Auditor No. 110265
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

1. Briefly describe what your business does?

RM The Risk Manager is the name of my private consultancy specialising in safety and risk management consulting and auditing for industry.

3. What are the most challenging aspects of developing and maintaining a safe work cultutre in your organisation?

As a sole trader my focus is on managing my workload and maintaining my skills so I can deliver on client needs.

2. Briefly describe your organisation’s safety culture and priorities

Helping my clients achieve safety and performance excellence. Setting the highest standards of ethical behaviour and quality of advice.

4. What aspects of your role do you find challenging?

Staying ahead of the changing environment of legislation, client and regulator expectations.

5. Describe any new or interesting WHS initiatives/programs that your organisation has recently completed, are currently working on or planning to develop/implement in the near future?

Now consulting to clients to achieve triple certification including new quality and environment standards, and second party civil construction audits.

6. What do you see as business opportunities in having a strong work health and safety profile (eg staff retention and recruitment, preferred supplies, tenders etc)?

Reputation is everything. If I do a good job, I'll win repeat business. If I don't, I'm out of business.

7. What key advice would you give organisations in your industry who wish to position themselves as a safe and sustainable business?

Leaders, you need to understand your OHS obligations, and lead by example. Set the standard you expect to be kept.

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