Process safety experts across industry lined-up to speak at Hazards Australasia 2019

Process safety experts across industry lined-up to speak at Hazards Australasia 2019

21st February 2019

The forthcoming Hazards Australasia 2019 process safety conference has confirmed three highly-experienced engineers to give plenary speeches. The conference will focus on the importance of competence, applying knowledge and skills, and capability, having the right person in the right role at the right time.

Michelle Ash, Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold and Liz Hallifax, Global Operations Process Risk Technical Authority, Unilever, have been confirmed to give plenary talks, along with Trish Kerin, Director, IChemE Safety Centre.

Ash, has over twenty years in the mining and manufacturing industry, with a focus on business improvement and change management. Prior to joining Barrick Gold, Ash held several senior positions at Acacia Mining and BHP, implementing business improvement programmes that were cost-effective and improved the efficiency of operations.   Her talk will focus on her personal experiences in the mining industry, within organisational capability and innovation safety.

Hallifax, a Chartered Chemical Engineer, is responsible for Unilever’s process safety governance across all operations worldwide. She will discuss Unilever’s journey on building technical competency within a challenging and diverse workforce, across multifaceted and diverse major accident hazards in more than 200 of its factories around the world.

IChemE Safety Centre (ISC) Director Trish Kerin will also present the latest ISC interactive case study, the name of which has not yet been revealed. ISC launched their first three case studies in 2016 to huge success, leading to the launch of three more in 2017 and 2018. The training tools take you through a process safety incident from start to finish, allowing you to make decisions as new events unfold and ultimately affecting the outcome.

“Hazards Australasia provides a great opportunity for engineers and those interested in process safety to network and share their expertise. If you work in this area, be it research or industry, I encourage you to submit an abstract to be in with the chance of sharing new thinking with this year’s delegates. We can, and should always, continue to refresh our knowledge and skills in this important area.

“The Safety Centre is really looking forward to revealing our latest interactive case study at the event. It will provide further knowledge and skills to process safety practitioners, so that they can help to prevent major accidents happening in the future.”

Taking place on 13-14 November in Brisbane, Australia, the event is an opportunity for delegates to share best practice, latest developments and lessons learned in process safety, all whilst promoting a continuous focus on improved process safety performance.

The call for papers is now open until 8 April 2019. Process safety practitioners from Australia, New Zealand, and beyond, who would like to contribute to the technical program, can find out more online*.

Interested parties who wish to find out more about the conference, and when tickets go on sale, should visit the Hazards Australasia section of the IChemE website*.

*Please note this event has now closed and the webpage no longer exists.


From left to right: Trish Kerin, Director, IChemE Safety Centre, Michelle Ash, Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold, Liz Hallifax, Global Operations Process Risk Technical Authority, Unilever, 


For more information please contact:

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435

Ketna Mistry, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534484

Natalie Graser, Marketing & Events Executive, IChemE
t: +61 (0)3 9642 4494

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