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AIDGC Workshop 2023

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Fire and Explosion Prevention in Dangerous Goods Facilities

The Australasian Institute of Dangerous Goods Consultants (AIDGC) is proud to present its facilitated annual workshop on the 7th of September 2023 at the Club York in Sydney.

The theme of this year’s workshop addresses the broad subject of managing fire and explosion risks associated with the range of dangerous goods facilities in Australia. The workshop will feature three presentations by industry experts, followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Ms Delene Kock MAIDGC.

The workshop is intended to be interactive, so please come ready to share your experiences and have questions ready for the presentation team.

Speaker line-up

1:00pm – 1:15pm Registration

1:15pm – 1:20pm          Welcome address

1:20pm – 1:50pm            

Dangerous Goods, Process Risk and Building Fire Code Compliance

Dr Amer Magrabi - Director - Fire & Risk Engineering, Lote Consulting - Fire Safety | Security

Building Code of Australia (BCA) fire compliance generally focusses on base building fire safety measures, when the fire or explosion hazard arising from the process or the stored dangerous goods is a paramount consideration.  Furthermore, the process or dangerous goods in the building are often ignored, or not integrated effectively into the building fire safety strategy.  This presentation will provide a methodology and case studies to show the integration of process and dangerous goods hazards into the building fire safety strategy under the BCA. 

1:50pm – 2:20pm

Regulators Perspective- Fire and explosion prevention
Michèle Strömquist – State Inspector | Major Hazard Facilities, SafeWork NSW

Fire and explosion events at dangerous goods sites are (almost always)-preventable with good management and adherence to regulatory requirements.

Technology and processes have undergone incredible changes over the last 100 years, but the basics of fire prevention remain the same and key learnings from recent incidents are testament to this. In this session we will revisit some key fire prevention activities that are supported by regulatory requirements that if practiced will prevent the majority of fires and explosions.

2:20pm – 2:40pm – Afternoon break

2:40pm – 3:10pm

Importance of Placement - Fire and Gas Detectors
Luke Todisco - Product Manager – Connected Solutions, Draeger

Just like our human senses have their own specific requirements, so do flame and gas detectors. Some detectors work on the principle of absorbed light, much like our eyes, if something is hidden by obstruction or outside the visible light range, we cannot see it.

Other detectors work on the principle of reaction with a sensor, this requires the gas to be at the point of detection, much like our nose, if the wind is blowing the opposite direction, we cannot smell what is there.  This session will explore these “senses” and other elements that will provide a better understanding of different technologies, their limitations, and possibilities.

3:10pm – 3:50pm

Panel Session facilitated by Delene Kock - AIGDC Vice President

3:50pm – Closing address

4:00pm - Networking and beverages at the bar


Club York
95-99 York Street, SYDNEY NSW 2000
T: (02) 9290 1155

Parking: Secure Parking is located at 168 Clarence Street, Sydney with direct access to the Club via the car park lift. For more information:

Registration Fees: (all prices including GST)

Full Price Registration - $150

Early Bird Discount - $125 (Only until the 10th of August)

AIDGC Members & Associate Members - $40

Regulatory Bodies (includes Fire Services):
One delegate - $100
Two or more delegates - $90 each

Afternoon tea included. Participates are advised that the Club’s restaurants are available for lunch prior to the workshop at participant’s cost.

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