AIDGC Batteries Workshop: 8th September 2022

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1:00 to 1:15 Registration
1:15 to 1:20 Welcome Address
1:20 to 1.:50 Fire Protection for Batteries

Stephen Hall – Director and Fire Protection/Mechanical Engineer – LCI Consultants

This presentation will address current fire protection strategies for facilities where batteries are stored or used. Battery fire protection strategies are evolving in step with battery technology, so this will be an important presentation for AIDGC members and guests.

1:50 to 2:20 The Regulator’s Perspective
Grant Hastie: Chief Advisor (Hazardous Chemicals), Workplace Health and Safety QueenslandBattery type and designs are continually evolving and present challenges in safe design, manufacture, storage, distribution, installation, and operation. The session will present a WHS
regulators perspective on the wider issues of safe storage and handling of batteries in general. This will include an overview of the relative hazards, regulatory obligations, and expectations and
challenges with the broad range of types and designs in mind.
2:20 to 2:40 Afternoon Break
2:40 to 3:10 Danger from Above – Overlooked Learnings from the Victoria Big Battery (VBB) Fire and related Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) Fires
Frank Mendham – Director, Mendham ConsultantsThrough significant involvement in hazardous land use planning, from time-to-time issues of concern arise that require wider in involvement from our industry in order to meet the level of safety
expected by the public.

With the rapidly increasing development of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) associated with both Solar Power Stations and other network backup strategies, reliance on BESS manufacturers to provide fire safe systems for Australian conditions is paramount.

This presentation considers how BESS fire risk management is currently being provided by manufacturers and third-party fire protection providers, however it also highlights shortfalls, especially those that have become evident as a result of the ‘Victoria Big Battery Fire’. What does Australian risk engineers need to do to address these challenges?

3:10 to 3:50 Panel Session facilitated by Delene Kock – AIGDC Vice President
3:50pm – Closing Address
4:00pm – Networking and beverages at the bar


  • Program correct at June 2022 – all sessions subject to final confirmation.
  • Conference is planned as “face to face” but if Covid situation demands, online may be offered.

Speaker biographies

Fire Protection for Batteries

Speaker: Stephen Hall – Director and Fire Protection/Mechanical Engineer – LCI Consultants

Stephen is a Director and Fire Protection / Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years of experience in all facets of building services consultancy. He is proficient in the delivery of projects varying from challenging high-tech solutions to sympathetic heritage refurbishments.

Stephen’s knowledge of fire services and industry codes allows for formulation and analysis of different solutions from a practical, cost and code compliance perspective. He is skilled to optimise the design for the mechanical, fire and life safety systems.

Speaker biographies

The Regulator’s Perspective

Speaker: Grant Hastie – Chief Advisor (Hazardous Chemicals), Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Grant is the Director of the Hazardous Chemicals Unit for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland which is the Queensland WHS Regulator. Grant has held this position since 2012 with stints also managing the occupational hygiene and asbestos unit.

Grant’s role is responsible for hazardous chemical related regulatory activities including related compliance programs, provision of WHS Inspector support and training, and providing technical and policy advice on chemical safety to WHSQ, Safe Work Australia and industry.

Grant has been the Queensland Government representative on various National Committees including the National GHS Working Group and AS1940 Standard Committee. Grant’s primary qualifications are in chemistry with a Masters in Applied Science – Chemistry and Graduate Diploma in Public Policy.

Previous roles have included:
• 10+ years working as a Dangerous Goods Advisor with the Chemical Hazards and Emergency
Management (CHEM) Unit which involved supporting Fire Services in HAZMAT incident response
• 3 years in Central Queensland providing occupational hygiene, environmental and gas
analysis services in Mackay with Simtars
• 5 years Queensland Health as an analytical chemist and several years in industry before that
with a healthcare product manufacturer and specialty chemical manufacturer.


Changes in Standards for storage and handling of dangerous goods

Speaker: DR Frank Mendham, AIDGC President

Frank Mendham has been involved in industrial fire engineering, dangerous goods, and hazardous area classification design for several decades. He is a Fellow and the National President of the Australasian Institute of Dangerous Goods Consultants (AIDGC) and an RES member.

He holds a PhD from UQ in industrial fire engineering and a masters from VU in Fire Engineering. His fundamental qualifications are in electrical and electronics engineering.


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