Dangerous Goods Forum – PERTH – 2014

IDC Technologies held the inaugural Dangerous Goods Forum last week in Perth at the Mercure Hotel. The event attracted delegates from local companies such as Alcoa, Clear-Tech Management, BGC Quarries, BHP, Rio Tinto and Cristal Pigment just to name a few plus several ACT representatives from AMSA, the Australia Maritime Safety Authority.

Keynote speaker Sean Page from ACOR MCE Consultants, a local dangerous goods consultant based in Fremantle, opened the event with a fantastic keynote address relating to the topic Dangerous Goods Management in the Mining Industry. The rest of the morning featured papers from ERM Australia, Environmental Risk Solutions and Matrix Composites & Engineering. In the afternoon we had the pleasure of introducing Nick Nicolai from DG Air in Adelaide to present a half day technical workshop on Dangerous Goods and Mining which included an in depth look at Australian Dangerous Goods classifications from Class 1 through 9 which incorporated some interesting examples of local and international dangerous goods incidents.

Day two of the forum opened with a very topical presentation on the Dangers of Lithium Batteries by Brad Nicholson of DG Air and the correct recycling of these potentially explosive batteries. The rest of the day was made up of presentations from GHD, Proteus Group, ACOR MCE Consultants, Radiation Professionals, IMCD Australia and Hydrocarbon Remedial Services/Race Response. Special mention goes to Philip Hine from the Department of Mining and Petroleum who presented a paper on What’s New and What’s Coming in Dangerous Goods Regulation which was very well received and discussed all the recent reforms and changes to dangerous goods regulations and policy in Australia and WA.

The delegate’s top five rated presentations were as follows:

1. Nick Nicolai – Head Trainer, DG Air Freight – Dangerous Goods Specialists
Dangerous Goods and Mining

2. Sean Page – Director, ACOR MCE Consultants
Dangerous Goods Management in the Mining Industry

3. Phillip Hine – Director of Dangerous Goods, Department of Mines and Petroleum
What’s New and What’s Coming In Dangerous Goods Regulation

4. Alan Meagher – Principal Consultant, GHD
An Equivalent Level of Safety

5. Les Vogiatzakis – Group OHS&E Manager, Matrix Composites & Engineering
Reducing your Facility Risk by knowing your Dangerous Goods. A Case Study

We were privileged to have a great selection of speakers and delegates attend this event which provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss important issues affecting the dangerous goods industry in WA. The mix of professional expertise and industry knowledge at the forum created an interactive and engaging conference which we plan to run again in 2016. If you would like to be involved in this future event please contact IDC to express interest.

To see all the topics and speakers who presented at the forum in more detail please download the brochure here or if you would like to purchase all the technical papers and PowerPoints from the forum please email conferences@idc-online.com

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