Call for papers

Call for papers is extended until 22 April 2019

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.

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.

Download the Call for Papers brochure >>

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.

Hazards Australasia themes

Engineering and design

  • Asset integrity and extending the operating lifespan
  • Inherent safety
  • Dust explosions
  • Toxic, fire and explosion hazards
  • Pressure relief
  • Chemical reaction and decomposition hazards
  • Hazardous area classification
  • Dispersion 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 assessments)
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Operational risk assessment (business risk)
  • Maintenance

Knowledge and competence

  • Lessons 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 management
  • Safety psychology
  • Public impact
  • Critical task analysis
  • Unmanned plant
  • Situational awareness
  • Fatigue
  • Shift patterns


  • Legislation and compliance (including Seveso II/III)
  • Hazard and risk
  • Metrics
  • Audits
  • Inspections
  • Oversight
  • New codes of practice
  • Current best practice


  • Safety leadership
  • Safer plant operations
  • Site safety culture assessment
  • Corporate memory


  • Water
  • Air
  • Waste
  • Risk assessment
  • Noise
  • Contamination and clean-up
  • Odour

How to submit an abstract

  • submit your abstract (no more than 250 words) outlining your proposed presentation
  • indicate your preferred theme
  • ensure you have permission from your organisation
  • submit your abstract by 22 April 2019 to:

Download the Hazards Australasia 2019 abstract template >>

What happens next?

Abstracts will be reviewed by the technical committee and if accepted you will be invited to submit a full paper (optional). Successful papers will be offered an oral presentation in the programme or the opportunity to display a poster at the conference. Abstracts, full papers and presentations (pending permission from the author) will be published on the conference proceedings USB.

Key dates

  • 22 April 2019 – abstracts of no more than 250 words to be submitted
  • 31 May 2019 – abstracts to be reviewed by technical committee, allocation of oral or poster presentation and invitation to submit full paper
  • 1 July 2019 – full papers submitted
  • 2 August 2019 – technical programme released
  • 13-14 November 2019 – Hazards Australasia 2019

Please note all the above dates are subject to change.

Contact us

Contact us at: or call +61 (0)3 9642 4494.