Professor Hayes has 30 years’ experience in safety and risk management. Her research in organisational accident prevention cover many sectors such as energy, chemicals, nuclear and aviation.
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 public safety research activities of the Future Fuels CRC and a Board Safety Assurance Adviser for Airservices Australia. Prof Hayes is a former member of the Advisory Board of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority.
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.
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.
- Hayes, J.,Sandri, O.,Holdsworth, S. (2021). ‘More likely to be killed by a coconut’: varying professional perceptions of risk impacting residential development planning around pipelines In: Journal of Risk Research, 24, 183 - 197
- Holdsworth, S.,Sandri, O.,Hayes, J. (2021). Planning, gas pipelines and community safety: What is the role for local planning authorities in managing risk in the neoliberal era? In: Land Use Policy, 100, 1 - 12
- Hayes, J.,Maslen, S.,Holdsworth, S.,Sandri, O. (2021). Defining the capable engineer: Non-technical skills that support safe decisions in uncertain, dynamic situations In: Safety Science, 141, 1 - 12
- Sandri, O.,Holdsworth, S.,Hayes, J.,Willand, N.,Moore, T. (2021). Hydrogen for all? Household energy vulnerability and the transition to hydrogen in Australia In: Energy Research & Social Science, 79, 1 - 11
- Maslen, S.,Hayes, J.,Holdsworth, S.,Sandri, O. (2021). When Ethics is a Technical Matter: Engineers’ Strategic Appeal to Ethical Considerations in Advocating for System Integrity In: Science and Engineering Ethics, 27, 45 - 46
- Maslen, S.,Hayes, J. (2020). “This is How we Debate”: Engineers’ Use of Stories to Reason through Disaster Causation In: Qualitative Sociology, 43, 191 - 212
- Maslen, S.,Hayes, J.,Wong, J.,Scott-Young, C. (2020). Individual Liability and the Development of Defensive Engineering in Professional Practice In: Journal of Civil Engineering Education, 146, 1 - 11
- Sandri, O.,Hayes, J.,Holdsworth, S. (2020). Regulating urban development around major accident hazard pipelines: a systems comparison of governance frameworks in Australia and the UK In: Environment Systems and Decisions, 40, 385 - 402
- Hayes, J.,Maslen, S. (2020). Finding the parallels: Practitioner learning from cross sector disaster cases In: Safety Science, 131, 1 - 11
- Dechy, N.,Dien, Y.,Hayes, J.,Paltrinieri, N. (2020). Failures of Foresight in Safety: Fantasy Risk Analysis and Blindness In: Enhancing Safety: The Challenge of Foresight - ESReDA Project Group Foresight in Safety, Joint Research Centre, Luxembourg
- Risk Governance for Procurement in Future Fuels - Research Program 2 – Social Acceptance, Public Safety and Security of Supply. Funded by: Future Fuels CRC from (2021 to 2022)
- Identifying drivers of policy and practices regarding future gas uses in the built environment. Funded by: Future Fuels CRC from (2021 to 2022)
- ALARP decision making (RP2.3-05). Funded by: Future Fuels CRC from (2021 to 2021)
- Gas fitting practices for future fuels: Opportunities for training and upskilling in Victoria and South Australia (RP2.3-04). Funded by: Future Fuels CRC from (2020 to 2022)
- Public communication and hydrogen as a fuel in Australia (Future Fuels CRC). Funded by: Future Fuels CRC from (2020 to 2021)
2 PhD Completions