Bretherick Lecture/Webinar

Online webinar

Health Safety and Environment Division


The Leslie Bretherick Memorial Lecture and HSE Division's Awards Presentation Evening - 23 April 2021


To commemorate World Laboratory Day, the Health Safety and Environment Division has felt it only fitting to honour the life on an iconic and inspirational chemist who championed the concept of laboratory and chemical safety the late Mr Leslie Bretherick. His “tour de force” was Bretherick’s Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards, or “Bretherick” as it colloquially known. This work was more than just a book, by documenting hundreds of potential chemical hazards, it had and still has the potential to save lives since the first edition was published in 1975.


What got Leslie Bretherick started, and have we learned his lessons?

Starting with his early history, the incident which triggered the work leading to the famous Handbook is reviewed and followed through to today. Along the way, Bretherick’s views on the importance of information, of its availability and of “intrinsic safety” are looked at with reference to more recent events, including some involving the presenter. As well as references to various editions of the Handbook, some of his other publications are considered, including one on laboratory design. Bretherick’s personal efforts in preparing his Handbook and other publications, including one unrelated to chemistry, are also looked at.

Presenter :- Mr W.V. Peter Hunt, Principal Consultant, Whamcorp Pty Ltd

W.V.Peter Hunt is a chemical engineer. For the last 21 years he has been consulting in technical safety issues as Principal Consultant of Whamcorp Pty Ltd, prior to which he held many roles in the chemical industry. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Dangerous Goods Consultants, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He is a member of the board of AIDGC and has held the roles of President and Vice President. He has extensive experience in the processing, storage, handling and transport of dangerous goods and other chemicals. He has investigated incidents, conducted safety audits of laboratories and provided consultancy services to chemical and other laboratories as well as to chemical processing and other facilities.

At 6:00 pm (AEST) prior to the Lecture the Division will be holding their Annual General Meeting and presenting the Division Medal and Citations

At 6:15 pm (AEST) the Bretherick Lecture will commence

Registration Pricing:

RACI member  $20
RACI Student member  $10
Non member  $30
Non member - Student  $20 
Reciprocal Society member $20

Note:- Reciprocal Society Members promo code to give 100% discount to use at checkout.  Please contact your society organisers to receive the discount code.



4/23/2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time

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