Hazards Australasia


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The overarching theme of this year's conference is Process Safety in Uncertain Times.

The year 2020 started with difficult times in Australia, first with the widespread bush fires and then with the global pandemic. Both events have had significant impacts on how we do business and how we're living. They have also necessitated a change to how we manage process safety on a day-to-day basis.

With this in mind, the key topics we will be examining at this year's event will be: 


  • 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

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


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

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

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