Earlier this week, AMOG's Cherie Holland was a keynote speaker at the National Major Hazard Facilities (MHF) Forum in Sydney, hosted by SafeWork NSW. Workshops, panels and keynote speakers talked about near misses, reducing hindsight bias, measuring safety, and assessing MHF regulations.

With ongoing discussions on regulatory harmonisation across Australian states, and changes in the legislation for MHFs, AMOG's team of engineers have been busy assisting both government and private enterprises with Safety Cases for MHFs, process safety management, and working as an MHF Approved Assessor for ComCare.

In the case presented at the National MHF Forum, Cherie spoke about a SafeWork NSW sponsored research project that saw AMOG assist with a review of the current regulation practices and effective leading trends for the management of MHFs both nationally and internationally. The research included a detailed literature review, stakeholder surveys, and targeted interviews with regulators and operators of MHFs. Analysis provided insights into the areas of regulator performance, the cost of compliance, and operator perceptions to MHF regulations. Cherie went on to explain selected survey results as well as a comparison of how these results aligned with best practice or indicated areas for improvement.

About Cherie Holland

Director and Head of AMOG's Safety and Risk Group, Cherie has extensive experience with: the application of functional safety to complex systems, being particularly skilled in hardware SIL verification and functional safety assessments; Reliability, Availability, Maintainability (RAM), and Risk Based Inspections (RBI) on mechanical, electrical and structural systems; development of safety management systems; approved assessor and expert advisor for MHFs; development of safety cases; and delivery of safety engineering training through private and public safety engineering courses.