15 August 2013

Vanguard Solutions to partner Hazards Australasia

Engineering consultancy, Vanguard Solutions, has been appointed conference partner for the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) inaugural Hazards Australasia conference in Perth.

Vanguard Solutions – with offices in Perth, London and Dubai – specialise in safety and risk management services that works with major hazards and process safety.  It is one of the main independent companies that perform this service in Australia for industries including oil and gas, petrochemical, defence, mining and public transport infrastructure.

Vanguard Solutions managing director, Brendan Fitzgerald says he first attended Hazards 11 back in 1983, and more recently Hazards Asia Pacific: “I believe that Hazards is still the premier process safety conference and I was very excited when I heard that the conference was coming to Australia.

“The conference aligns with Vanguard Solutions core business and we want to help promote the conference to give it the profile it deserves. I have seen first-hand the effect of major hazards and Vanguard Solutions helps business not to just operate safety, but more efficiently as well.”

“Universally, Vanguard Solutions employs safety and risk engineering experts who have a passion for what they do and who want to make a difference to the process safety industry - we do whatever we can to help prevent any major incidents,” says Fitzgerald.

IChemE’s director Australasia, Peter Slane says: Vanguard Solutions are highly respected around the world and their support further strengthens this major event. We look forward to working with them with our shared aims of making the process industries safer for everyone.  

“Knowledge and education is vital and Hazards Australasia is a unique chance to come together to debate a range of issues including human factors, regulation, process safety design and learning the lessons from previous major hazard incidents.”

Leading key note speakers already confirmed for Hazards Australasia include The Honourable Bill Marmion – Minister for mines and petroleum; housing; Vince Santostefano – chief operations officer, Woodside; Jane Cutler – chief executive officer, NOPSEMA; Michael Toooma – partner and head of occupational health, safety and security (Asia Pacific), Norton Rose Fulbright; and US aviation veteran, Captain Keith Martinsen.

Hazards Australasia is being held on 26-27 November 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Perth, Australia. Abstracts are being accepted for the conference until 16 August 2013. For more information, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact April Hinde, or visit the event website.

Other supporters of Hazards Australasia include Perth Convention Bureau, Tourism Western Australia and DNV (Det Norske Veritas).

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