R2A Blog

July 19, 2021
Environmental Protection now SFAIRP

A while back, R2A had a blog entitled Precaution v Precaution wherein we wondered how the precautionary principle (derived from the 1992 Rio Convention) enunciated in the then Environmental Protection Act in Victoria compared to the SFAIRP approach of OHS/WHS legislation. Well, we have the answer! In Victoria at any rate. From 1 July 2021, […]

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May 4, 2021
Why Hazops fail the SFAIRP test & why this is important

R2A recently presented a free webinar; Why Hazops fail the SFAIRP test. It is one of the more frequently asked questions we receive as Due Diligence Engineers. Hazops are a commonly used risk management technique, especially in the process industries. In some ways the name has become generic; in the sense that many use it […]

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February 3, 2021
Why R2A does the work we do: People as an ends, not means & Making a Difference

Last year’s extended Covid 19 lockdown in Victoria meant many in business reviewed what they do, how they do it and, ultimately, why they do it. R2A, as a small firm of consulting engineers, has always had a business view that has seemed a little different to many we encounter. Whist we understand the need […]

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December 16, 2020
Why Due Diligence is now a 'Categorical Imperative'

The adoption of the model WHS legislation in Australasia is now practically complete with the passing of the act by the Western Australian parliament.  Whilst yet to be proclaimed, the WA version includes criminal manslaughter provisions with a maximum penalty of 20 years for individuals. Victoria is now formally the only state not to have […]

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October 7, 2020
The Laws of Man vs The Laws of Nature & Safety Due Diligence

One of the odder confusions that R2A happens upon is the proposition that the laws of man are always paramount in all circumstances. It seems to occur most often with persons who work exclusively in the financial sector. From an engineering perspective, this is just plain wrong. When dealing with the natural material spacetime universe, […]

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July 20, 2020
Criminal Manslaughter - Australian paradigm shift for engineers & standards

The rise of criminal manslaughter provisions in health and safety legislation, coupled with the registration of engineers in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, heralds a paradigm shift for engineers and the role of standards in Australian jurisdictions. On July 2020, Victoria commenced the criminal manslaughter provisions of the 2004 OHS Act. Quoting the premier: […]

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May 1, 2020
The importance of Safety Due Diligence: Keeping directors out of jail

Coroner's Finding into Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids The death of four young people at Dreamworld in the Thunder River Rapids in October 2016 has brought the prospect of criminal prosecution of Directors for safety failures to the fore, or, as we say, Safety Due Diligence. Press reports have indicated that the Queensland Government has accepted […]

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April 6, 2020
Coronavirus & Safety Due Diligence

A fabulous array of material has emerged on government websites regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Worksafe Australia has published an interesting article on the connection to WHS legislation. This emphasises that employers have a duty of care to eliminate or minimise risk, so far as is reasonably practicable (SFAIRP). There then follows numerous precautions described in […]

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February 9, 2020
Australia’s Bushfires from a Due Diligence Perspective

Like you, we have been devastated by the recent bushfire events in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. We hope you have been able to stay safe and have not been directly affected. Richard and I have been reflecting on bushfires in history and if there are any key take away messages from a due diligence perspective. […]

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February 5, 2020
ALARP vs SFAIRP revisited

The ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable) versus SFAIRP (so far as is reasonably practicable) debate appears to continue in many places, for example, AS/NZS2885.6:2018 Pipeline Safety Management. The current position of many is that SFAIRP equals ALARP and that any view to the contrary is just arguing about the number of angels on a […]

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