Annual Conference 2022: Friday 9 September 2022

Find out more about the future of Hydrogen and evolving technologies.

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8:30 to 9:00Registration
9:00 to 9:05Conference opening
9:05 to 9:15Welcome Address

AIDGC President: Dr. Frank Mendham

9:15 to 10:00Hazardous chemicals regulatory and incident update
Andrew Battye: Manager,
Dangerous Goods & Explosives, SafeWork NSW
Grant Hastie: Chief Safety Advisor
(Hazardous Chemicals) WH&S, Queensland
10:00 to 10:30Morning Tea & networking
10:30 to 11:15ADG 7.8 update and proposal for future alignment
with ADR (UNECE Dangerous Goods by Road)
Debra Kirk, National Transport Commission (NTC)
11:15 to 12:00Developments in hydrogen technology and safety implications

Rachelle Doyle, Manager Research and Development, Rio Tinto

12:00 to 1:00Lunch & networking
1:00 to 1:45GHS classification is causing review and changes to Dangerous Goods Transport Internationally

Richard Greenwood, RG Chemical Safety

1:45 to 2:00Outcomes from the Battery Workshop held 24 February

Speaker(s) from AIDGC

2:00 to 2:30Changes in Standards for storage and handling of dangerous goods. AIDGC representatives
Renton Parker & Richard Greenwood: AS 3833
Frank Mendham: AS/NZS 60079 series
W.V.Peter Hunt: AS 1940, AS 3780, AS 4775
2:30 to 3:00Afternoon Tea & networking
3:00 to 3:45Hydrogen, What are the technical and safety issues?
Billy Chan, BOC/Linde,
Committee ME-093 (Hydrogen Technologies)
3:45 to 4:30Closing Address & Panel Discussion
4:30Closure of Seminar – Drinks 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

Hydrogen – What are the technical and safety issues?

Speaker: Billy Chan

Billy is a chartered chemical engineer with 25+ years’ experience providing technical leadership for the innovation, design and safety of gas cylinders, gas plants and manufacturing processes at BOC/Linde. In his younger days, Billy built gas plants including his first electrolytic hydrogen plant in 1991, acetylene plants and nitrous oxide plants.

Speaker biographies

Hydrogen – What are the technical and safety issues?

Speaker: Rachelle Doyle

Rachelle is a passionate energy transition champion and believes the emerging hydrogen industry will benefit from an early focus on process safety. Rachelle is an experienced professional in the energy and minerals processing sectors, the chair of standards Australia ME – 093 Hdrogen Technologies commitee and a fellow of ICHEME.

ADG 7.8 update and proposal for future alignment with ADR

Speaker: Debra Kirk, Manager, Legislative Reform, National Transport Commission

Debra is a highly motivated and experienced professional with a passion for improving processes, safety outcomes and administration of compliance and legislative requirements related to high-risk occupational activities, particularly those related to dangerous goods

Debra is the Manager Legislative Reform with the National Transport Commission. The NTC is an independent statutory body that develops regulatory and operational reform proposals to government on road, rail and intermodal transport, including the land transport of dangerous goods. Having worked for both industry and regulator, Debra is driven to bridge the gap between regulator and duty holder to deliver safe and compliant outcomes.

Changes in Standards for storage and handling of dangerous goods

Speaker: DR Frank Mendham, AIDGC President

Frank is a Chartered Fire and Risk Engineer (RPEQ) specialising in industrial fire and risk, dangerous goods, risk based HAC, Safety in Design and systematic risk management processes including HAZOP, SIL, LOPA etc. Significant design experience both locally and internationally.

Frank has explored and refined the use of risk based hazardous area classification in Australia since 2005, developing its effectiveness through analytical, experimental and numerical methods which has since been applied in hundreds of projects.

Speaker: Renton Parker

Renton represents AIDGC on the AS 3833 (mixed class) revision working party. Renton consults heavily in the warehousing and logistics industries with a focus on Dangerous Goods storage and handling in retail distribution warehouses for clients such as Coles, Woolworths, Linfox, and DHL. Recent market trends have shifted to large automated systems which pose unique challenges to ensure the safe storage of DGs within these facilities requiring a first principles approach to risk assessment where the standards currently have lagged the industry trends.

Speaker: W.V.Peter Hunt

Peter represents AIDGC on Standards Committee CH-009 and chairs the AS 3780 (corrosives) revision working party. He represents AIDGC on Committee ME-017 (flammable and combustible liquids) and on SF-048, currently reviewing AS 4775 (safety showers and eye wash)

He is a chemical engineer, consulting in technical safety issues as Principal Consultant of Whamcorp Pty Ltd, prior to which he held many roles in the chemical industry. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and of AIDGC. He is Vice President and a former President of AIDGC. He has experience in the design, commissioning and operation of chemical plants and storage facilities, transport of dangerous goods and hazardous area classification. He has investigated incidents and prepared expert witness reports on fires and other incidents.

GHS classification causing review & changes to Dangerous Goods Transport Internationally

Speaker: Richard Greenwood

Richard has worked in chemical safety for over 25 years. In the past 15 years he has worked with implementing classification to the GHS and Dangerous Goods, and the differences between the two systems that supposedly share a common classification basis.

Accommodation and travel details

Closest accommodation to Darling Harbour

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Travel from Airport to PARKROYAL Darling Harbour
Airport shuttles are available through external operators from both Domestic and International terminals at Sydney Airport, with prices starting from AUD20 per person. On arrival, please see the Sydney Airport Travel Concierge for more information regarding shuttle transfers.


About 25+ minutes, depending on traffic


Trains depart every 15 minutes from both the Domestic and International terminals at Sydney Airport, with a cost of approximately AUD15. Our hotel is just a five-minute walk from the Town Hall Station.