Andrew Hopkins

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Andrew Hopkins is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Australian National University in Canberra.

He was an expert witness at the Royal Commission into the 1998 Exxon gas plant explosion near Melbourne. He was a consultant to the US Chemical Safety Board in its investigation of the BP Texas City Refinery disaster of 2005, and also for its investigation into the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010. He has written books about all these accidents. Over 100,000 copies of his books have been sold.

He has been involved in various government  reviews of Work Health and Safety  regulation and regulators and has done consultancy work for major companies in the mining, petroleum, chemical and electrical industries, as well as for Defence. He speaks regularly to audiences around the world about the human and organisational causes of major accidents. He is currently on the advisory board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA)

He has a BSc and an MA from the Australian National University, a PhD from the University of Connecticut and is a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia.

He was the winner of the 2008 European Process Safety Centre safety award, the first in time it was awarded to someone outside Europe.

He is an honorary fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to process safety and to the analysis of process safety related incidents”.

He is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of his “distinguished service to industrial safety and accident analysis”

Process Safety Publications

Other books by Andrew include:

  • Making Safety Work (Allen & Unwin, 1995)
  • Managing Major Hazards: The Moura Mine Disaster, (Allen & Unwin, 1999)
  • Lessons from Longford: The Trial. (CCH, 2002)
  • Safety, Culture and Risk (CCH, 2005)
  • Lessons from Gretley: Mindful Leadership and the Law, (CCH, 2007)
  • Learning from High Reliability Organisations (CCH, 2009). Edited
  • Nightmare Pipeline Failures: Fantasy planning, black swans and integrity management. (CCH 2014) With Jan Hayes
  • Quiet Outrage: The Way of a Sociologist (CCH: Sydney, 2016)