Criminal manslaughter - Implications for engineers

Start time: 12:30pm AEDT. Understand the paradigm shift from hazard-based risk management to the precautionary approach enshrined in the legislation.
Criminal manslaughter webinar - hazard-based risk management to precautionary

An Engineering Education Australia Webinar.

The advent of industrial manslaughter laws in workplace health and safety legislation that include provisions for criminal negligence has serious implications for engineers, especially officers of smaller engineering organisations and registered engineers. It is now essential to demonstrate the management of the laws of nature in a way that satisfies the laws of man (in that order).

Contemporary WHS legislation rejects the use of acceptable or tolerable levels of risk and safety and requires engineers to ensure all reasonably practicable precautions are in place for credible critical issues. It encourages engineers to be innovative and undertake safety-in-design exercises to ensure the hierarchy of controls is applied. It goes beyond a standards’ compliance exercise. It also mandates consultations with stakeholders changing the process of expert investigations.

Engineers and experts can’t be right all the time but they can always be diligent. This webinar will summarise the paradigm shift from hazard-based risk management to the precautionary approach enshrined in the legislation, and highlight some of the implications for engineers using a series of examples.


Learning outcomes

  • Understand the legal duties of Officers to demonstrate due diligence under the provisions of WHS, EPA and corporations’ law.
  • Understand how this legislation provides for superior outcomes for the engineering profession and our community in safety terms.
  • Understand the potential conflict between acting as an expert and the mandated consultative provisions.
  • Consider the implications of the legislation using real life scenarios.


Is this course for you?

This webinar is relevant to all engineers and design professionals, and anyone in a decision making position or acting as an advisor to a decision maker.


Topics we'll cover

  • Summary of the precaution-based approach enshrined in WHS legislation
  • Why the exclusive reliance on ISO31000 for the management of safety risk will create liabilities for most organisations and senior decision makers.
  • How to satisfy safety obligations under statute and common law as well as Registration of Engineers (Queensland and Victoria).
  • What this means for Engineers going forward.



Gaye Francis and Richard Robinson. Click here to view our facilitators' bios.


How you'll learn

Delivered via Webinar

Designed in collaboration with our industry facilitators and education experts, EEA Webinars focus on modules from our most popular face-to-face training courses. Content has been carefully crafted to deliver targeted and achievable learning outcomes within the hour and the sessions are interactive to keep you engaged.

Webinar platform - Zoom

These sessions run through Zoom. On the day of the webinar you will receive the unique Zoom link at least one hour before the webinar is scheduled to begin.

We suggest that you download the Zoom Desktop Client to ensure you can fully participate in the webinar. If you view the webinar through the Zoom web browser or via a phone or tablet device you may not be able to participate in the interactive elements such as answering polling questions. 

Please read through the following information on Zoom to ensure you are prepared for the webinar:

21 / 10 / 2021 - 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
Registration Closes
21 / 10 / 2021 10:00 am
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Key Speaker(s)
Gaye Francis and Richard Robinson
Engineering Education Australia
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