Asia-Pacific Branch – Balancing Risk and Cost – do the Old Rules of SFAIRP Still Apply in 2022?

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Date(s) - 22/02/2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Asia-Pacific Branch – Balancing Risk and Cost – do the Old Rules of SFAIRP Still Apply in 2022?

SaRS Asia-Pacific Webinar [will take place at 16:00 Hong Kong time, 19:00 Melbourne/Sydney time and 08:00 UK time]


The duty to ensure safety So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable (SFAIRP) is the cornerstone of health and safety legislation in many countries. In Australia, it’s baked into the DNA of the Rail Safety National Law and has influenced safety standards across the country’s rail operators. But do principles established in the first half of the 20th century still apply more than 70 years later?

The concept of SFAIRP has been often criticised as ‘vague’, difficult to apply consistently and one that leads to a ratcheting up of increasingly stringent requirements with sometimes only increased paperwork rather than safety being the result. Are these fair critiques? What can we learn from industry experience to help us navigate a principle which paradoxically presents as simple but can easily lead to masses of complexity.

Drawing from his 20 years of endeavouring to be reasonably practicable, Steve Bickley from Abbott Risk Consulting will examine what SFAIRP is, where it came from and its relevance to safety decision making in the modern railway industry. He will cover some of the pitfalls to be avoided and how to retain focus on what really counts.

The webinar will be presented by:

Steve Bickley, Director, Abbott Risk Consulting. Steve is part of Abbott Risk Consulting, an independent consultancy providing safety and risk management services to the rail, oil & gas, nuclear, defence and renewables industries in Australia and around the world. Steve has previously been an Executive with the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator providing the regulator’s direction on SFAIRP; professional head of risk at a major rail operator and has consulted in risk and safety to over 100 clients in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Steve started his career in the UK working in the aftermath that followed several major train accidents and has worked extensively in safety ever since. He helped write the international handbook on engineering safety management (iESM) and is passionate about training others in good safety and risk practice. Steve is fortunate to have contributed to the safety work of several high profile rail projects in Australia and overseas.

To register for this webinar please visit the Safety and Reliability Society website.

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