13 May 2015

Beaconsfield mine rescue hero to speak at Hazards Australasia 2015

Darren Flanagan

Darren Flanagan, one of the 2006 Beaconsfield mine collapse rescue heroes, will speak at Hazards Australasia 2015. The conference takes place in Brisbane, Australia on 26-27 May 2015.

Flanagan, one of Australia’s most inspirational speakers, is an explosives expert who specialises in risk management, will give an insider’s view of this dramatic and first of its kind rescue.

IChemE director Australasia, Peter Slane, says that Flanagan’s conference dinner talk will highlight key points around safety and risk management and we consider his availability to speak a major coup for the event.

“Flanagan will join other guest speakers, including Dr Sam Mannan from the US Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Centre who will be delivering the inaugural Trevor Kletz memorial lecture.”

Other experts who will be sharing their lessons learned from a safety perspective are Stephen Angus from Inmarsat Aviation, former BP refinery manager Kathy Hirschfeld, crisis communication expert Allan Briggs and IChemE Safety Centre director, Trish Kerin.

Managing director ACT Australia, Susan Fleming, will also lead a theatre style re-enactment of the Deepwater Horizon incident, as part of her Deepwater Safety Workshop at the event.

The conference will feature over 35 oral presentations from leading industry practitioners, researchers and regulators and will host a trade show of process safety related products and services.

Topics covered at the conference include: lessons learned from major hazard incidents; management of abnormal operations; process safety design and inherently safer design; regulatory compliance and legislation, human factors; asset integrity and extending the operation lifespan of infrastructure; safety management systems; education and training; and process safety key performance indicators.

Hazards Australasia 2015 is a must attend event for those active in process safety and risk management for chemical process facilities or other facilities dealing with hazardous materials including:

•    process safety practitioners
•    process safety consultants and safety specialists
•    senior industry leaders accountable for process safety
•    academic researchers
•    regulators and industry bodies.

To register, or to view the full conference programme, visit the event website.

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