The Annual Scientific Meeting is well known for its practical, hands-on approach to learning. A popular aspect of the ANZSOM conference, workplace site visits provide an insight into the varying nature of work and the issues facing health professionals working in occupational health.
ASC Shipbuilding Pty Ltd
ASC Shipbuilding is a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia and is its shipbuilding business. ASC Shipbuilding currently provides the shipbuilding workforce and capability for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer and Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels and holds the head contract for the Hunter Class Frigate Program.
For the past 10 years ASC Shipbuilding has been building complex naval surface combatants for the Royal Australian Naval at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia and has a track record of developing a high performing safety culture and safety and injury management processes to cater for the demands of the naval shipbuilding industry.
With two Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers delivered to the Royal Australian Navy, the third to be delivered next year, and construction having commenced on the first two Offshore Patrol Vessels, ASC Shipbuilding was structurally separated from ASC Pty Ltd in December 2018 and was acquired by BAE Systems Australia. ASC Shipbuilding subsequently signed the Head Contract for the Hunter Class Frigate Program which will deliver nine anti-submarine frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.
The Hunter class frigates will be based on the UK’s Type 26 frigate design with modifications to meet the Royal Australian Navy’s requirements. More than 800 Australian companies have pre-qualified to work on the Hunter program and prototyping will commence in 2020 and construction of the first vessel in 2022.
The program will create and sustain more than 5,000 jobs across BAE Systems and the wider Australian defence supply chain over the life of the program.
This site visit will provide an opportunity to learn about ASC Shipbuilding and its shipyard and manufacturing and testing processes across its three programs. The visit will highlight the diversity of technical work roles and environments and the considerations for occupational health and safety
ASC Pty Ltd – ASC North submarine maintenance facility
During times of war, submarines are crucial in controlling the seas. They detect and destroy hostile submarines and surface ships, blockade foreign ports and restrict ocean transport. They provide intelligence and underwater protection for surface ships, and are able to detect and lay mines more efficiently than any other navy vessel. Submarines provide a means to land special forces in hostile regions and, if fitted with suitable weapons, are able to strike land target.
Submarines are also used for a variety of functions in the private sector. The most common are scientific submarines, which explore the world's oceans to further research and to locate sunken ships.
ASC North in Osborne is the location for the majority of maintenance undertaken on the Collins Class submarines. This site conducts full cycle dockings (major refits) engaging a team of designers and engineers who are constantly developing and implementing upgrades to ensure the Collins Class submarines remains at the cutting edge of submarine technology. This site visit will involve a tour of the maintenance facility to provide context to the type of work being performed and the working environment that the workforce is exposed to.
While on board access to a submarine will not be possible, delegates will get up close and personal to these magnificent vessels.
Fully enclosed rubber soled shoes (steel cap preferred – ASC has a limited selection of various sizes), Hi-Vis vest, Long sleeve shirt, long pants, safety glasses, hard hat. (Vests, glasses and hard hats can likely be provided by ASC based on numbers). Hearing protection will be provided by ASC as required.
Adelaide Exposure Science and Health Laboratory
Adelaide Exposure Science and Health offers a diverse range of research, field-based consulting, laboratory, and education and training services to industry, government and the community. The organisation is staffed by experienced occupational hygienists, consultants and research staff with wide ranging expertise across scientific disciplines.
Founded in 1987 and formerly called the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Laboratory, the cutting edge facility is now located at the Thebarton research campus within the University of Adelaide’s School of Public Health.
This site visit will include demonstrations of:
Sampling and analysis equipment for chemical contaminants, and noise.
Research equipment for dermal exposure assessment and PPE testing for toxic industrial chemicals
There will also be an opportunity to discuss a number of exposure assessment case studies
Haigh’s is the oldest family owned chocolate maker in Australia – established by Alfred E Haigh at 34 King William Street, Adelaide in 1915.
The company is committed to the art of premium chocolate making, sourcing cocoa beans from plantations around the world, roasting their own cocoa beans and employing unique cooking process. The factory teams use meticulous artisan skills combined with the latest in modern manufacturing, high levels of training, equipment and techniques. Many of the chocolates continue to be hand-made and finished.
This site visit will provide an opportunity to experience the “Bean to Bar Chocolate Manufacturing Facility” including a variety of manufacturing and finishing processes, and to discuss the considerations for material handling and other workplace issues. There may even be a chance for some taste testing and a retail shopping opportunity!
Flat enclosed shoes, no jewellery/watches in factory, (White coats, hairnets and ear plugs supplied by Haigh’s)