National Major Hazard Facilities forum presentations

Recordings of presentations from the National Major Hazard Facilities forum.



This two day forum brought together like-minded people from across Australia to share industry best practice with the aim of improving safety outcomes and reducing risk at Major Hazard Facilities.

The forum in 2021 ran over 2 days, on 4 and 5 May 2021.

Regulating MHF's during a pandemic | lessons and opportunities

Dr. Tristan Casey – Griffith University

Safety capability is an emergent property of work systems that is defined as the potential to maintain safety in uncertain and interdependent environments (Griffin et al., 2014).

Safety capability is like resilience, but importantly, it can be measured and developed through improving three 'enabling capitals'—human, social, and organisational. Safety capability integrates concepts like safety leadership, culture, climate, behaviour, and safety management processes, so is a broader and more useful way to understand how to improve safety performance.

A straightforward overview of safety capability, and how it is different to other concepts like resilience and safety culture, will be shared.

Original air date: Tuesday 4 May 2021

Enhancing process safety in challenging times

Lucas Turner – Esso Australia

Major hazards do not become less important with lower product price, activity levels or times of unprecedented change. Amongst these challenges, Esso has focused on increasing process safety literacy and workforce engagement in managing the health of safeguards.

This presentation shares our approach to leveraging the safety case and safety management system approach to making process safety personal.

Original air date: Tuesday 4 May 2021

Effective management of critical controls

Brett Maher – LyondellBasell

In 2019, LyondellBasell Geelong set out to improve its complicated critical control verification program. At the outset of the project, we set ourselves the goal of simplifying the process and to improving the visibility of process safety metrics so that a person off the street could walk in and undertake an audit of any critical control.

The new system that has been developed has reduced the time required to complete critical control health checks as well as providing valuable information to management that was previously difficult to obtain.

This is a summary of our journey and the learnings along the way.

Original air date: Tuesday 4 May 2021

Acute Toxicity Criteria – Which one to Choose

Ross Bootes – WorkSafe Victoria

There are a range of Acute toxicity criteria available for MHFs to use.

This presentation will firstly summarise the criteria that are available. Their relative effectiveness for emergency planning, land use planning and incident assessment will be assessed.

Original air date: Tuesday 4 May 2021

False alarm, false assurance and whether we can tell the difference

Dr. Drew Rae – Griffith University

How do people, organisations and communities come to have false beliefs about safety? What leads us to be scared of things that are unlikely ever to hurt us, and confident in the safety of things that are truly dangerous?

These questions are particularly pertinent for safety regulators, who are expected to permit safe facilities and activities, and to block unsafe situations. Regulators can tell the difference between a well-prepared safety case and a poor safety case, but can they tell the difference between a good safety case for a safe system, and a good safety case for an unsafe system?

This is not a talk that provides answers. Rather, it explores the limits of knowledge when regulating safety, and encourages attendees to consider how to operate effectively within those limits.

Original air date: Tuesday 4 May 2021

Industry Panel – 3 P's of KPI's | From Practices and Pitfalls to Performance

Dannae Campbell – WorkSafe Victoria

Kanni Muniandy Short – Origin

Justin Jones – Dow Chemical Australia

In this panel discussion, WorkSafe Victoria's Dannae Campbell guides a discussion on the 3P's of KPI's with two industry subject matter experts Kanni Muniandy Short from Origin and Justin Jones from Dow Chemical Australia.

Original air date: Tuesday 4 May 2021

Pike River Case Study

Yvette Gray – Journalist

Journalist Yvette Gray presents on the circumstances surrounding the 2010 Pike River Coal Mine explosion and its impact on the community. Yvette will detail her role and experiences as a journalist covering the disaster.

The case study will also provide an insight into how the media operates at major incidents and suggestions on the best way for companies to handle a media crisis such as the Pike River incident. Furthermore, hear about the prominence of social media, and how it’s changed the way stories are reported.

Original air date: Wednesday 5 May 2021

20 Years of Evolving Regulatory Practice

Albert Chemali – WorkSafe Victoria

Jaime Thompson – WorkSafe Victoria

In this journey, WorkSafe Victoria considers experience collected over 20 years of being a Major Hazard Facilities Regulator. What do the lessons from the last 20 years suggest about the future of the MHF regime in Victoria?

Original air date: Wednesday 5 May 2021

Panel – Process Safety Leadership and Managing Change During Times of Uncertainty

Trish Kerin – IChemE Safety Centre

Rob Berton – Qenos

David Schelbach – Ixom

The world has seen significant changes in how we do business over the past year and a half. These changes have led to a chance to evaluate how we manage process safety and explore new and hopefully improved ways.

In this panel session hosted by IChemE Safety Centre's Trish Kerin, we will hear from industry in how they have responded and managed the COVID-19 risks, as well as how they continued to manage process safety at their facilities.

Original air date: Wednesday 5 May 2021

Redefining the Role of the Safety Professional

Dr. David Provan – Forge Works

Organisations have invested considerable resources in dedicated safety roles, teams and entire safety departments in the pursuit of understanding and managing safety risk. However, 30 years of research demonstrates that safety practitioners are largely not performing this role effectively in practice.

This presentation will explain how we can redefine the role of the safety professional to transform the purpose, tasks and activities they perform to create foresight about the changing shape of risk and facilitate action before people are harmed.

Original air date: Wednesday 5 May 2021

PIEMC – A Collaboration between NSW Petrochemical Industry members & FRNSW

Rod Rutledge – AMPOL

In 2014, Fire Rescue NSW and petrochemical facility operators within the Sydney Metropolitan area came together to form the Petrochemical Industry Emergency Management Committee (PIEMC).

Since 2014 PIEMC has fostered an improved joint understanding of major accident scenarios relevant to the industry, collective capability able to be deployed to any member facility and good practice response strategies & tactics.

Rod will share his experience in facilitating a number of PIEMC exercises to improve joint industry/agency response.

Original air date: Wednesday 5 May 2021