Rory O'Neill is an Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Education Fellow for The New England Consortium (TNEC) at UMass Lowell.

Rory O'Neill, MIOSH

Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Education Fellow

The New England Consortium


Work environment policy; participatory action research; science and occupational health communication strategies

Research Interests

Work environment policy; worker participation in occupational health and safety management; design and operation of occupational health and safety campaigns; regulatory approaches to occupational health and safety; recognition and estimation of the extent of work-related ill-health; occupational cancer and its prevention; occupational lung diseases and their prevention; occupational health inequalities; international cooperation on occupational health and safety practice, organizing approaches and regulatory strategies; participatory approaches to occupational health service provision, including through primary care; the role of labor unions in occupational health and safety strategies and management.


Research Scholar, University of California Los Angeles , Labor Occupational Safety and Health program, USA, 1999-2008
Senior Research Fellow, De Montfort University, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health Policy Research, England, 1994-2000
MIOSH: Chartered health and safety practitioner; member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, 1985
BSc, Joint Honours Chemistry and Geology, Aston University, England, 1982


Rory O'Neill, MIOSH is an Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Education Fellow for The New England Consortium at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is also a professor of occupational and environmental health policy at the University of Stirling, Scotland. His main research interest is effective communication of health and safety information to workers and their representatives, and the development of worker involvement methods and participatory action research approaches on occupational health and safety. Professor O’Neill is occupational health and safety adviser to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). He moderates the ITUC global occupational health, safety and environment e-lists and information cooperation. He is a labor-side adviser at international negotiations, including the Rotterdam Convention, International Conference on Chemicals Management and the Commission on Sustainable Development. He is a consultant to the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), currently working on measures to improve ratification and effective implementation of ILO occupational health and safety standards. Professor O’Neill is also an award-winning occupational health journalist and editor of Hazards magazine, Risks e-zine and the Work Cancer Hazards blog. He is on the editorial board of the journal International Union Rights and the advisory board of the International Campaign for Responsible Technology. He has written, edited or contributed chapters to books and reports on issues including occupational asthma, occupational cancer, workplace strain injuries, racial inequalities in occupational health and corporate responsibility for occupational health and safety. Professor O’Neill has also authored hundreds of articles on occupational health and safety issues, which have appeared in peer-reviewed and specialist journals and in the mainstream press. His work has been recognized by the American Public Health Association’s occupational health and safety section.