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Our programme features over 50 presentations from industry practitioners, researchers and regulators. They will share examples of good practice, new approaches and valuable lessons learned in process safety that you can transfer to your own operations, and address some of the future challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

It is designed around the core functional areas of a process safety framework (assurance, engineering and design, environmental protection, human factors, knowledge and competence, safety culture, and systems and procedures).

The programme includes:

  • technical presentations from industry practitioners, researchers and regulators*
    plenary and invited speakers sharing strategic insight
  • Q&A and discussion time to help move the agenda forward
  • relevant information sessions eg the Professional Process Safety Engineer registration.

* Technical presentations will be delivered across parallel sessions. 

Plenary speakers

The technical presentations are complemented by our inspiring plenary speakers who will present on the themes of embedding good practice, leadership, emerging challenges and the importance of cross-sector learning.

Facilitated discussion

There will be time for questions at the end of each presentation. There will also be facilitated discussion time at the end of each session, to help continue the conversations, identify common issues facing practitioners and encourage networking.

Session themes

Case studies
  • Learning from the Sandvika hydrogen fuelling station explosion
  • Remembering the Philadelphia Gulf Refinery fire 50 Years on
  • How close is close enough?
  • The contribution of process surveillance to process safety
  • Assurance - hazard and risk
  • Consequence modeling of chlorine gas
Human factors/knowledge and competence
  • A human-centred approach to system automation
  • The process safety game
  • Is process safety relevant to underground mining?
  • Industry and academia can work together to build process safety competency
Engineering and design
  • Utilising cost-benefit analysis to assess fire protection options required to minimise incident escalation
  • Perfecting proof test effectiveness, how more extensive testing can improve safety and reduce cost!
  • Smart data collection to optimise proof testing
  • What can we learn about SCE management from functional safety?
  • Integration of automation life cycles: leveraging functional safety, cybersecurity,
    and alarm management work processes
  • ALARP demonstration of thermal plume impairment to helideck offshore
  • Improving process safety in port operations
  • Introduction to grid-scale battery energy storage system concepts and fire hazards
  • Pandemic survival guide 101
  • Remote risk management facilitation... can we trust the results?
  • Virtual process hazard analysis revalidation - good practices and learnings
  • Resuming business in COVID normal environment
New technologies
  • Process safety recycled - the new energy hazards coming our way
  • Hydrogen research updates – fire and explosion
Multi-platform workshop

Nimrod: process safety in wartime

ACT Australia and NZ plays and workshops bring safety training alive. This multi-platform workshop looks at the crash of the Nimrod XV230 in Afghanistan and the lessons that we can all learn.

At 09:30 on 2 September 2006, Nimrod XV230 took off for a mission over Afghanistan. At 11:00 it rendezvoused with a Tristar tanker for air-to air refuelling, which took about 10 minutes. One minute later a bomb bay fire warning sounded. Four minutes later the crew made their last transmission. At 11:17, a Harrier pilot saw the aircraft explode. All fourteen crew were lost.

Key themes: safety leadership; ‘The Safety Case’, safety culture and paper safety.
Suitable for: senior leaders, safety professionals, those responsible for complex processes and legacy systems.

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Sponsored by the IChemE Safety Centre