The Australasian Institute of Dangerous Goods Consultants (AIDGC) and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) is proud to present its AIDGC/WHSQ Hazchem Seminar on Friday the 20th of October 2023 at the Victoria Park Brisbane.

This seminar will cover an array of current and practical hazardous chemicals topics and feature an extended hypothetical session using a US CSB investigation report as the basis of a fire and explosion incident. Various speakers and experts in their field will provide their perspective on pre- and post-incident aspects within the Queensland context.

Download the SEMINAR BROCHURE HERE

Registration

Register online HERE using Humanitix

Please email info@aidgc.org.au if you have any questions or need alternative registration options.

Program

8:00am                 Registration

8:30am                 Welcome address

Grant Hastie – Director, Hazardous Chemicals Unit, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Session 1 – 8:40am

Overview – Current State of Play – Hazchem in QLD and WHS Items
Grant Hastie – Director, Hazardous Chemicals Unit, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Session 2 – 9:10am

Fire and Explosion Prevention Overview
Frank Mendham – Mendham Consultants, Immediate Past President – AIDGC

Session 3 – 9:30am

(Includes Morning Tea – 9:50am – 10:20am)

Hypothetical – Hazardous chemicals incident – a case study

Using a US CSB investigation report as the basis of a fire and explosion incident, various speakers will provide their perspective on pre- and post-incident aspects in the Queensland context.

Hypothetical – Part 1:

Scenario introduction

  • Mock PCBU to set scene for the facility – business activity and chemical processes and relevance to Queensland.

Hypothetical – Part 2:

  • WHS Inspector – what to expect when an inspector calls – Inspector Ryan Grob – Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
  • Audit, inspection, and specialist services – AIDGC Consultant  
  • HAZMAT response – Michael Logan – Director Research and Scientific Branch, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Insights from an investigator – evidence gathering and breaches – Ian Coleman, National Manager of Safety and Risk, Gemlife (formerly a WHS Investigator)
  • A prosecution and defence perspective – Aaron Guilfoyle – Practice Leader, MacDonnells Law (formerly Work Health and Safety Prosecutor)
  • Q&A Panel session with speakers and reflections

Lunch – 12:45pm

Session 4 – 1:30pm

Understanding the RPEQ System
Professor Maureen Hassall – Professor and Director, Industrial Safety and Health Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute  

Session 5 – 2:30pm

Hydrogen/Renewables Update
Shoena Messner – Deputy Chief Inspector, Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate, Resources Safety and Health Queensland and Nancy Norton – Senior Manager, Risk and Safety – Ark Energy

Afternoon Tea – 3:00pm

Session 6 – 3:20pm

H2 Hazop Study Insights
Kurt Thoren – Associate Director, Pitch Black Engineering

Session 7 – 3:50pm

Standards Update

Dr Frank Mendham – Director, Mendham Consultants, Immediate Past President – AIDGC
Delene Kock – Principal, Asset Management and Performance, Aurecon

Session 8 – 4:20pm

Summary and Closing Remarks – Feedback and Next Steps

Grant Hastie, Director, Hazardous Chemicals Unit, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
Frank Mendham – Mendham Consultants, Immediate Past President – AIDG

4:30pm – Closing

Venue

Victoria Park Brisbane

Victoria Park is on Herston Road, Herston a 10-minute drive from the CBD located near the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and opposite the University of Queensland School of Dentistry. If you’re coming from: Brisbane CBD or Eastern Suburbs – Head via the M3 to Gilchrist Ave in Herston, take the Herston Rd exit from M3. Northern Suburbs – Head via Enoggera Rd or Lutwyche Rd.

The venue does not offer accommodation, but alternative options are available nearby. Contact info@aidgc.org.au for more information.

Parking

The venue has three complimentary carparks available onsite which hold 210 cars plus additional overflow grass parking areas