Hazards Australasia 2018

Call for papers

The Hazards Australasia 2018 call for papers is now open - submission extension to 26 January 2018

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You are invited to share your experience with others by submitting a paper for the Hazards Australasia 2018 technical programme.

The technical programme will be constructed around a compelling line-up of invited keynote speakers, who will provide a strategic view from industry, academe and the regulator. Technical presentations should review best practice and latest research in the functional areas that are fundamental to managing process safety effectively. Papers are encouraged from a range of industry sectors on the themes listed opposite.

Hazards is an international event and whilst the conference is primarily focused on the Australasian chemical and process industries, contributions are welcomed from all regions where the process safety challenge is being addressed.

Engineering and design

  • asset integrity and extending the operating lifespan
  • inherent safety
  • dust explosions
  • toxic, fire and explosive hazards
  • pressure relief
  • chemical reaction and decomposition hazards
  • hazardous area classification
  • dipersion modelling
  • functional safety
  • SIL
  • risk analysis

Systems and procedures

  • process safety management
  • management of non-routine operations
  • hazard and risk
  • management and change
  • permit to work
  • risk assessments (dynamic risk assesment)
  • standard operating procedures
  • operational risk assessment (business risk)
  • maintenance

Knowledge and competence

  • lessons learned from recent incidents and near-misses
  • consequence assessment and modelling
  • education, training and communication
  • competencies
  • incident investigation
  • case histories
  • failure data
  • reliability prediction

Human factors

  • alarm managmenet
  • safety psychology
  • public impact
  • critical task analysis
  • unmanned plant
  • situational awareness
  • fatigue
  • shift patterns


  • legislation and compliance (including Seveso II/II)
  • hazard and risk
  • metrics
  • audits
  • inspections
  • oversight
  • new codes of practice
  • current best practice


  • safety leadership
  • safer plant opeartions
  • site safety culture assessment
  • corporate memory


  • water
  • air
  • waste
  • risk assessment
  • noise
  • contamination and clean-up
  • odour
  • minimising flood risk
  • firewater retention

How to submit an abstract

  • write your abstract (no more than 250 words) outlining your proposed presentation using the abstract template
  • indicate your preferred theme
  • ensure you a hve permission from your organisation
  • submit your abstract to conferences@icheme.org by 30 November 2017 extended to 26 January 2018

What happens next?

Abstracts will be reviewed by the technical committee and if successful a full paper will be requested. Successful papers iwll be offered a speaking slot in the programme or the opportunity to display a poster at the conference. There are approximately 40 speaking slots available.

Full papers will be published on the conference proceedings USB

Why contribute?

  • help to share good practice and make the process industries safer
  • enhance your reputation and demonstrate your commitment to improving process safety
  • publish your paper in the conference proceedings
  • support your professional development

Key dates

  • abstracts of no more than 250 words to be submitted – 30 November 2017 extended to 26 January 2018
  • abstracts reviewed by technical committee, allocation of oral or poster presentation and request to submit full paper – 20 January 2018 20 February 2018
  • full papers submitted – 28 February 2018 28 March 2018
  • signed licence to publish forms submitted – 14 May 2018
  • conference programme finalised - May 2018
  • oral PowerPoint presentations sent to IChemE – 4 June 2018
  • printed poster presentations – bring with you to the conference - 26 June 2018
  • published conference proceedings on USB available – 26 June 2018


Conference partner


Gold sponsors


Quadrant Energy

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