Ian Douglas

Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only


Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


The Mining and Resource Contractors Safety Training Association (MARCSTA) developed a generic occupational health and safety (OHS) induction program that was first used by the metalliferous mining industry in Western Australia (WA) in 1996. Subsequently the mining industry in Tasmania has adopted the course and it has been on offer in that state since 2000. More than 150 000 trainees have attended the MARCSTA course to date (Gilroy, 2006). An empirical research study analysing data collected from a randomly selected group of 1 600 trainees who attended the course was conducted over a twelve month period. Furthermore historical OHS accident and injury data were analysed for the period prior to and after the introduction of the MARCSTA program.