Meet Maria Bannister

Maria has been a safety trainer with the NSCA since 2015 and joined FSA during the acquisition in 2017 as part of the learning and development team. Maria is an experienced work health and safety trainer and has also worked as a consultant and auditor.

Maria Bannister

Work Health and Safety Trainer - WA

What inspired you to join FSA as a trainer?
I came to FSA with NSCA. I became a safety trainer after working in the industry as a consultant and auditor and realised that I could make a difference in the way people behaved and that I could influence their perception of risk.

What do you love most about your role?
This role is varied, I get to work with some great people who have great knowledge and understanding. I also get to train a wide variety of people across all states and industry groups. It keeps life very interesting.

What is the most challenging aspect of your role?
Trying to fit in all the things that I want to do. And of course endless hours of airports and travel.

What is your proudest career achievement?
Being invited to present at the American Industrial Hygienist Association Education conference in Montreal, which led me to being on their committee for continuing education for 3 years.

Do you have any safety tips for people?
LOOK & THINK. Just because you know what you are doing, doesn’t mean it’s safe. And NEVER STOP LEARNING!!

What do you wish you knew when you were younger?
Everything I know now.

In regard to safety – do what you can, change the things that you can change and accept the things that you cannot.