Safety in Design Conference – 18th & 19th 2015 – Perth, Australia

The inaugural Safety in Design Conference
was held by IDC Technologies at the Mercure Hotel in Perth on the 18th & 19th November 2015. The conference focused on the most effective pre-emptive design techniques used to mitigate all forms of loss in the future. Topics included human factor analysis, conducting an effective risk assessment, linking risk and reliability, and avoiding vibration induced failures to name a few.

The conference brought together industry professionals from many organisations such as; GHD, BPA Engineering, I & E Systems, Machine Safety by Design, ACOR MCE Consultants, and Hendsa Technology.

Day one of the conference opened with Frank Schrever presenting a one hour keynote address entitled Linking Risk and Reliability – mapping the output of risk estimation tools to functional safety requirements for safety related control systems. This presentation discussed the confusion caused from the linkage between the assessed risk and the required integrity (reliability) of the safety-related controls. The presentation went into depth to address the confusion by providing broad approaches to mapping risk to reliability requirements.

One of the most valuable presentations voted by delegates was Raj Sreenevasan’s presentation entitled Past accidents and incidents – do they influence SiD? This presentation went into depth by discussing past accidents that occurred by design errors. Raj went on to discuss how safety in design should be small, low-cost, simple, and directly integrate into various construction stages. A good mistake proofing device is one that requires no attention from the worker.

The delegates adjourned for the day with speakers, sponsors and delegates discussing industry related news and socialising over a drink at the Safety in Design Networking Session.

Day two of the event included a fascinating presentation by Alex Apostolou from Meercat and Jodi Goodall from Incitec Pivot Limited entitled Centralising control aids in bowtie simplification and assurance. This presentation discussed the key points of centralising actual and auditable controls into a common register and then linking those controls into every bowtie control node. This presentation was voted the most valuable presentation among delegates.

The response from delegates has been overwhelming! IDC Technologies was 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 safety in design industry in Australia. The mix of professional expertise and industry knowledge at the conference created an interactive and engaging conference.

IDC would also like to give a special thank you to the sponsors of the event: Safety Solutions magazine, Machine Safety by Design and The Engineering Institute of Technology.

If you would like to be involved in future events please contact IDC Technologies to express your interest. For full details on topics and speakers, or to purchase all the technical Papers and PowerPoints from the conference, please email

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