Jan holds an Associate Professor appointment in the Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety Research.
Jan’s research addresses specifically the organisational causes of accidents and the implications for accident prevention. Her specific interests include operational decision making, safety in design, professionalism, effective regulation and the use of standards. She is Program Leader for the social science research activities of the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre.
Her current activities cover academia, consulting and regulation. She is a regular invited speaker at industry events in Australia and internationally. She consults part time with a small group of clients on safety performance improvement projects.
Jan is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority.
Research and supervision of HDR students in organisational safety.
- PhD (Sociology), The Australian National University, Canberra, 2010
- Master of Business (Leadership and Organisation Dynamics), Swinburne University, 2001
- Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical)(Honours), University of Adelaide, 1984
Dr Hayes has 30 years’ experience in safety and risk management. Her project experience covers a range of industries including offshore oil and gas, onshore petrochemicals, gas pipelines, mining, manufacturing and transportation (including air traffic control). She began her career in 1983 in oil and gas process plant operations, and then moved to detailed design. She was involved in the initial Australian oil industry response to the Piper Alpha incident in 1988 and has been working almost exclusively in industrial safety since then. Jan was a director and part owner of Qest Consulting Pty Ltd (one of Australia’s best known industrial risk and safety consultancies) between 1991 and 2004. Holding a number of operational roles, she managed up to 50 staff and was personally responsible for projects ranging from technical safety studies (such as safety cases, HAZOP studies, QRAs and reliability studies) to organisational psychology reviews and human factors studies.
- McDermott, V.,Henne, K.,Hayes, J. (2017). (In Press) Shifting risk to the frontline: case studies in different contract working environments In: Journal of Risk Research, , 1 - 15
- Maslen, S.,Hayes, J. (2016). (In Press) Preventing black swans: incident reporting systems as collective knowledge management In: Journal of Risk Research, , 1 - 17
- Lingard, H.,Pink, S.,Hayes, J.,McDermott, V.,Harley, J. (2016). Using participatory video to understand subcontracted construction workers' safety rule violations In: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference (ARCOM 2016), Manchester, United Kingdom, 5-7 September 2016
- McDermott, V.,Hayes, J. (2016). 'We're still hitting things': The effectiveness of third party processes for pipeline strike prevention In: Proceedings of the 11th International Pipeline Conference (IPC 2016), Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 26-30 September 2016
- Hayes, J.,Zhang, P. (2016). Process safety self-assessment tools: What is out there and what do they mean for your organisation? In: Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 32, 1 - 13
- McDermott, V.,Hayes, J. (2016). (In Press) Risk shifting and disorganization in multi-tier contracting chains: The implications for public safety In: Safety Science, , 1 - 10
- Hayes, J. (2015). Taking responsibility for public safety: How engineers seek to minimise disaster incubation in design of hazardous facilities In: Safety Science, 77, 48 - 56
- Hayes, J. (2015). Investigating design office dynamics that support safe design In: Safety Science, 78, 25 - 34
- Hayes, J. (2015). Lessons for effective integrity management from the San Bruno pipeline rupture In: Process Safety Progress, 34, 202 - 206
- Hayes, J.,McDermott, V.,Lingard, H. (2015). What is risk? Construction activity near hazardous infrastructure In: Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, Lincoln, United Kingdom, 7-9 September 2015
- Evidence-based recommendations for policy change to support public safety and community welfare. Funded by: Energy Pipelines CRC from (2017 to 2019)
- RMIT RP4 program leader start-up. Funded by: Energy Pipelines CRC from (2015 to 2015)
2 PhD Current Supervisions