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Research Program 4 - Public Safety and Security of Supply

The goal of this research program was to sustain the world’s best practice safety and reliability performance of Australian energy pipelines. In aiming to maintain this exceptional safety record in an expanding environment, the Energy Pipelines CRC took the unique step of engaging seriously with the social science research available from high hazard industries about how to prevent accidents.

streetThe experience from other sectors says that accidents are rarely the result of previously unknown technical mechanisms but occur when technical knowledge is not applied for a range of social and organisational reasons. The challenge in accident prevention is therefore related to those social and organisational factors.

Education was an integral part of this program and two seminar series, one for senior pipeline company executives and another for a more general industry audience will ensure that knowledge of the sociology of safety had a far reach into by the industry.

The Steering Committee overseeing RP4 was chaired by Ed De Prinse (APA Group) and the Program Leader was Dr Jan Hayes (RMIT University). Previous chairs included P{eter Tuft (independent) and Mike Malvazos (SA Government)


Key Program Areas

Organisational Safety
Organisational Safety:

Research into organisational causes of accidents and how organisations can improve their safety performance.

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Effective Safety Regulation
Effective Safety Regulation:

Research into strengths and weaknesses of current pipeline technical regulatory regimes and their implementation.

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Pipelines in the community
Pipelines in the community:

Understanding ways in which pipelines and people can be protected when they interact.

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Latest News

A Final Note From The Energy Pipelines CRC

A Final Note From The Energy Pipelines CRC

26-09-19

CEO Robert Newton reflects on the final months of the windup of the Energy Pipelines CRC and thanks all those involved.

CEO's Update June 2019

CEO's Update June 2019

09-08-19

Friday 28th June marks the official end of CRC funded activities for Energy Pipelines CRC.

Energy Pipelines CRC - A Snapshot of its Legacy

Energy Pipelines CRC - A Snapshot of its Legacy

28-06-19

Research and Innovation Manager Klaas van Alphen reflects on 10 years of research from the Energy Pipelines CRC.

Research Project Update June 2019

Research Project Update June 2019

28-06-19

Several research projects were finalised in June, bringing the total number of completed research projects to 107.

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