‘Safe Design’ principles and processes are very important for all engineers to learn and apply. There are some relatively simple steps to follow but sometimes different standards can cause confusion about the requirements. Kevin will explain which standards, codes of practice and legislation are important and which processes should be followed to achieve a reasonable approach to achieving a ‘safe design’ for buildings and structures. He will explain the risk management process from ISO31000:2018 and a suitable approach to integrating design and risk management practices. References will be made to Safe Design codes used in Western Australia, and in other parts of Australia, and some tools available to improve safe design analysis. Kevin will also explain the importance of establishing dynamic feedback mechanisms necessary to ensure that safety-in-design programs ‘learn’ and adapt as new information about risks, hazards and vulnerabilities arise. The “Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety – Australia” program will also be referenced as a means of institutional learning.
Kevin’s presentation will include comment on how these standards and codes are implemented in Western Australia and elsewhere.
About the speakers:
Kevin J Foster PhD CPEng
Dr Kevin J. Foster is an engineer, researcher, trainer, analyst and retired consultant with a passion for improving the way organisations and governments manage risk, especially in projects, operations and situations where significant numbers of people are at risk of serious injury or harm.
He is the Chairman of the Risk Engineering Society in Western Australia and is Engineers Australia’s representative on Standards Australia Committee MB-025 which has responsibility for reviewing and drafting national and international standards relevant to societal security and resilience. Kevin is one of the authors of the American National Standard on Risk Assessment, ANSI/ASIS/RIMS RA.1-2015. Most of Kevin’s career has been in design and advisory offices, primarily in the building industry, but he also has significant experience in the transport, defence, water and energy industries. He has been a risk management specialist since the late 1980s.
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