Lessons From the Four Explosions that Rocked Sydney (eBook)

Published Date

January 2000

Lessons From the Four Explosions that Rocked Sydney (eBook)

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This paper describes a number of incidents in Australia, the safety culture that led to them and the implications for safety management going forward. (7pp)

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The need to control what are generally termed major hazards has become an inevitable part of our industrialised world, and is applied particularly to the chemical industry. This author's research and a recent follow-on study (Di Giunta and Prasad, 1998) comparing major hazard control processes in UK, USA and Australia have lead to the conclusion that our controls are not as adequate or effective as those in the two other countries. The reason for the less adequate controls is that we had not until recently experienced a disaster similar to those suffered by other countries, and there are political factors involved as well as technical.

The question now arising is: should we adopt either the English or the USA system? We will explore that question by briefly covering events over the last few years that suggest why process safety improvement is needed, how we have an opportunity to improve, and will outline a desirable but difficult path towards such an improved state in the Australian chemical industry.

Paper Delivered by:
Ron Ward (The University of New South Wales)

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Title: Lessons From the Four Explosions that Rocked Sydney (eBook)
Product Code: 4433g094
Published Date: January 2000

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