Dr Peter Louie
Hong Kong SAR Government
Ms Rebecca Trager
Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins
Andrew Hopkins is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Australian National University in Canberra.
He was an expert witness at the Royal Commission into the 1998 Exxon gas plant explosion near Melbourne. He was a consultant to the US Chemical Safety Board in its investigation of the BP Texas City Refinery disaster of 2005, and also for its investigation into the .BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010. He has written books about all these accidents. More than 90,000 copies of his books have been sold.
He has been involved in various government WHS reviews and has done consultancy work for major companies in the resources sector, as well as for Defence. He speaks regularly to audiences around the world about the causes of major accidents.
He has a BSc and an MA from the Australian National University, a PhD from the University of Connecticut and is a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia.
He was the winner of the 2008 European Process Safety Centre safety award, the first in time it was awarded to someone outside Europe.
He is an honorary fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to process safety and to the analysis of process safety related incidents”.
Books by Professor Hopkins:
Crime Law and Business: The Sociological Sources of Australian Monopoly Law (Australian Institute of Criminology, 1978)
Working for Change: The Movement Against Domestic Violence. With Heather McGregor (Allen and Unwin, 1991)
Making Safety Work (Allen & Unwin, 1995)
Managing Major Hazards: The Moura Mine Disaster, (Allen & Unwin, 1999) Lessons from Longford: The Esso Gas Plant Explosion (CCH, 2000)
Lessons from Longford: The Trial. (CCH, 2002)
Safety, Culture and Risk (CCH, 2005)
Lessons from Gretley: Mindful Leadership and the Law, (CCH, 2007)
Learning from High Reliability Organisations (CCH, 2009). Edited
Failure to Learn: the BP Texas City Refinery Disaster (CCH, 2008)
Disastrous Decisions: The Human and Organisational Causes of the Gulf of Mexico Blowout (CCH, 2012)
Nightmare Pipeline Failures: Fantasy planning, black swans and integrity management. (CCH 2014) With Jan Hayes
Risky Rewards: The Effect of Company Bonuses on Safety (Ashgate, London, 2015). With Sarah Maslen
Quiet Outrage: The Way of a Sociologist (CCH: Sydney, 2016)
Mr Nigel Cann
Nigel joined Australian Vinyls in the middle of the Victorian gas outage caused by the Longford incident in 1998 as a Plant Manager at the Laverton Plant. Within six months, two incidents occurred that had at their root cause, two fundamental management systems – the Permit-to-work system and the Management of Change system. As part of the response, Nigel lead the initial Safety Case program at Australian Vinyls, developed a keen interest in process safety and now consults widely in the field, generally to Regulators (he is an Approved Assessor of Safety Cases for the Commonwealth) and to designers and developers of infrastructure in proximity to major hazard facilities and hydrocarbon pipelines. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland and was one of the first of IChemE’s Professional Process Safety Engineers.
Associate Professor Jan Hayes
Dr Hayes has 30 years’ experience in safety and risk management. Her project experience covers a range of industries including offshore oil and gas, onshore petrochemicals, gas pipelines, mining, manufacturing and transportation (including air traffic control). She began her career in 1983 in oil and gas process plant operations, and then moved to detailed design. She was involved in the initial Australian oil industry response to the Piper Alpha incident in 1988 and has been working almost exclusively in industrial safety since then. Jan was a director and part owner of Qest Consulting Pty Ltd (one of Australia’s best known industrial risk and safety consultancies) between 1991 and 2004. Holding a number of operational roles, she managed up to 50 staff and was personally responsible for projects ranging from technical safety studies (such as safety cases, HAZOP studies, QRAs and reliability studies) to organisational psychology reviews and human factors studies.
Her current activities cover academia, consulting and regulation. She holds an Associate Professor appointment in the Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety Research at RMIT University where her research interests include operational decision making, safety in design, professionalism and the use of standards. She is Program Leader for the social science research activities of the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre. In addition, she consults part time with a small group of clients on safety performance improvement projects. Dr Hayes is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority.
Dr Hayes holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Business from Swinburne University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from the Australian National University.
Maslen, Sarah, and Jan Hayes. 2016. "Preventing Black Swans: Incident reporting systems as collective knowledge management." Journal of Risk Research 19 (10):1246-60.
Hayes, Jan, and Rita Peihua Zhang. 2016. "Process safety self-assessment tools: What is out there and what do they mean for your organisation?" Australian & New Zealand Journal of Health, Safety and Environment 23 (3)
Hayes, J., Maslen, S., 2015. Knowing stories that matter: learning for effective safety decision-making. Journal of Risk Research 18, 714-726.
Hayes, J., 2015. Lessons for effective integrity management from the San Bruno pipeline rupture. Process Safety Progress 34, 202-206.
Hayes, J., 2015. Taking responsibility for public safety: How engineers seek to minimise disaster incubation in design of hazardous facilities. Safety Science 77, 48-56.
Hayes, J., Hopkins, A., 2014. Nightmare pipeline failures: Fantasy planning, black swans and integrity management. CCH, Sydney.
Maslen, S., Hayes, J., 2014. Experts under the microscope: the Wivenhoe Dam case. Environment Systems and Decisions 34, 183-193.
Hayes, J 2013, Operational Decision-Making in High Hazard Organizations Drawing a Line in the Sand, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Surrey England.
Hayes, J., 2013. A New Direction in Offshore Safety Regulation, In: Baram, M., Lindoe, P., Renn, O. (Eds.), Governing Risk in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Ms Trish Kerin
Director, Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre (ISC)
After graduating from RMIT University with honours in mechanical engineering, Trish spent several years working in design, project management, operational, safety and executive roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries.
Trish’s passion for process safety saw her take on several advisory committee roles. This includes representing the Plastics and Chemical Industries Association (PACIA) on drafting the 2007 OHS regulations for major hazards in Victoria – Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007. She has also represented the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on the Safe Work Australia temporary advisory group for drafting the major hazard facility model law. Trish has also represented PACIA to the WorkSafe Victoria Major Hazards Advisory Committee and been an invited speaker for various local and international conferences.
She currently sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and is a member of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center steering committee.
Additional appointments have included positions as a director and vice president for a not-for-profit community radio station.
Trish is a Chartered Engineer, a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer and Fellow of IChemE (FIChemE) and Engineers Australia (FIEAust). She also holds a diploma of OHS and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Recent awards include the Engineers Australia – John A Brodie Medal – for best paper at the Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress 2015 (incorporating Chemeca). The award recognises Trish’s peer reviewed paper on Process Safety Competency.
Dr Peter Louie
Hong Kong SAR Government
Peter obtained his B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry from the University of Wales, United Kingdom in 1984, and PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 1990. Dr. Louie worked as Research Associate at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, University of North Dakota, North Dakota, USA on the applications of supercritical fluid extraction for complex environmental matrix separation and analysis prior to joining Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department in 1996. Dr Louie was appointed as a member of expert air quality panel in support of hosting the XXIX Beijing Olympic Games (2008). Dr. Louie is guest professor of Peking University. Dr. Louie participated in the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Global Platform on Air Quality and Health (2015) and the development of low-cost sensors for air quality monitoring in support of citizen science applications (2017). Dr. Louie now serves as the Senior Environmental Protection Officer and responsible for Marine Policy and Control in the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department.
Ms Rebecca Trager
Rebecca became the US Correspondent for Chemistry World, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship magazine, in September 2014. With a background in policy, and a passion for journalism, she has found her niche covering the world of science policy since 1997. The interest was sparked after interning on Capitol Hill in high school, and spending summers during college as a press intern for the US National Institutes of Health. Rebecca’s reporting focuses on research and science policy news out of North and South America. She has covered the last three US presidential elections and their impact on the research community as well as the chemical industry, and she has written extensively about subjects like the long-awaited effort to reform the US chemicals law known as the Toxic Substances Control Act. Before joining Chemistry World, Rebecca was the US Editor for Research Europe, covering the White House, as well as US government departments and agencies, and she is also the former Managing Editor of The Blue Sheet, an Elsevier biomedical research and health policy publication. Rebecca was born in Geneva, Switzerland and grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. She studied philosophy and political theory at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.