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Welcome to the Centre for Static Electricity and Lightning Protection (CSELP), proud presenters of:


Static & Lightning Protection in Hazardous Areas Conference

OCTOBER 24 th 2024

It's Time to Face the Facts

The Shocking Truth

* 2 Serious fires occur within hazardous areas across the world every day due to static electricity

* 5 people die in Australia every year on average due to lightning strikes

* 70% of all static electricity related serious fires and or explosions in hazardous areas are caused by inadequate and or inappropriate earthing and or bonding.



AS/NZS 1020 has undergone a much awaited update with significant changes that will affect your workplace.

The adoption of SA TS 60079.32.1  Electrostatics has changed how workplaces deal with static electricity in a hazardous area.


What you need to know to achieve compliance will be discussed at STATIC 24 

AS 1768 - Lightning Protection - How do you design and install lightning protection equipmentin a hazardous area when conventional equipment is not suitable.

Is your site safe?What you need to know to achieve compliance will be discussed at STATIC 24


Jason McGee

Director, E-x Solutions, AUS

Jason is an engineer who consults on all things hazardous areas including: equipment design and certification, classification, installation design, and installation inspections.

Jason contributes extensively to the development of Australian and International standards relating to explosive atmospheres, including as Chair of Standards Australia committee EL-014 and Vice Chair of IEC TC 31.

Michèle Strömquist

SafeWork State Inspector - Major Hazards Facilities, NSW

Michèle Strömquist is a dedicated safety professional with over 20 years of experience. Currently a State Inspector with SafeWork NSW, in the Major Hazard Facilities team. 

Michèle is a mentor and has led many state-wide projects working with the LPG and bulk fuel industry as well as complex investigations. Michèle has contributed to workplace safety in her roles with the NSW Police Force and Fire and Rescue NSW. 

Cem Novella

Chairman CSELP, MD SEC

Cem is the current chair of the Centre for Static Electricity and Lightning Protection CSELP.


Cem is an advisor to numerous Australian Standards committees and current Chair of the EL-025 Committee - AS/NZS 1020:2023


SEC are industry leaders in audits, survey, design and procurement of static electricity control, lightning and surge protection equipment and systems 

Damian Gwardecki

Newson Gale Ltd, SEA and Oceania

Damian Gwardecki is a relatively new appointment to the CSELP committee.


Damian has significant practical experience in earthing and bonding applications across major hazard facilities in Europe and SEA 


Newson Gale specialize in IECEx certified bonding and earthing systems for static electricity control 

Maryline Jammet

France Paratonnerres, Commercial Manager, AUS & NZ

Maryline Jammet is the Commercial/Export Manager for France Paratonnerres. Maryline has a degree in international trade and works closely with Lightning Protection distributors around the world ensuring that FP equipment meets local standards and practices.


 France Paratonnerres specialize in Lightning protection. Specifically ESE's and Early warning systems designed for use in Hazardous Areas.


Conference 2024





Registration, Tea & Coffee

Event Host - Justine Novella


Cem Novella

Event Opening Remarks - CSELP updates and industry statistics


Jason McGee

Updates to AS/NZS 1020:2023, AS 1768:2021, SA TS 60079.32.1:2022


Morning Tea



Cem Novella

How to conduct a Static Electricity Assessment (SEA) as per AS/NZS 1020:2023


Hazardous Area Dossier

Jason McGee

What is a hazardous Area Dossier (HAD)? Why is a HAD important specific to a person(s) and their workplace? Why is a HAD critical for a third party entering a workplace. 





Adam Rodojkovic (TBC)

Why is Worksafe VIC concentrating on static electricity as an ignition source


Cem Novella

How to create a Static Control Plan (SCP) as per AS/NZS 1020:2023


Afternoon Tea



All speakers





Benefits of attending

Who Should attend?

Amazing Value

  • Instrumentation and Control Engineers

  • Engineering Managers

  • Process Plant Engineers and Technicians

  • Plant Managers and Project Managers

  • Process Maintenance Technicians

  • Risk Assessors

  • Chemical, Process and Mechanical Engineers

  • Instrumentation Technicians

  • Design Engineers

  • Manufacturers of Hazardous Areas Equipment

  • Safety Facilitators

  • Electrical Technicians and Managers

  • Process Control Specialists

  • Process Safety and Loss Prevention Managers

  • Government Safety Regulators / Inspectors

  • OHS/Training Managers

  • Tradespersons working in potentially explosive areas

  • Electrical and Instrument Tradespersons

  • Hear about updates / proposed changes to IEC 60079-32-1/ ASNZS 1020 & AS/NZS 1768 and how they affect your workplace

  • Learn about static electricity control & lightning protection systems through case studies and critical discussion

  • Update your knowledge on static electricity control for process and machinery safety

  • Learn how to design and install static electricity control and lightning protection systems in hazardous areas

  • See how Australian and International standards are being successfully applied

  • Understand how AS/NZS 3000 & 60079 applies to Static Electricity and Lightning Protection Systems

  • Discuss critical issues of compliance to standards with experienced professionals

  • Find practical solutions to your static electricity and lightning protection issues

  • Network and share your experiences with static electricity control and lightning protection experts and your peers

Key Note speakers and presenters, including committee members of CSELP & HAECA support SELP 2o2o because it offers attendees an opportunity to talk to industry and subject matter experts for the modest cost of admission.


CSELP has purposely kept this cost as low as possible so that as many people as possible may enjoy the event.


Similar events have cost well in excess of $1500 per person.

This event is the only time that all presenters and key note speakers are in the same place at the same time. An amazing "cost effective" opportunity to ask questions or talk about your specific project

Key Note Speakers

PAST  - Key Note Speakers

Colin Baker


Colin is a practising professional chartered electrical, instrument and control engineer, Colin has been involved with surge protection, intrinsic safety and hazardous areas since 1970. He is qualified to:

  • classify hazardous areas

  • assess the suitability of certified electrical equipment for use in hazardous areas

  • assess electrical installations in hazardous areas for compliance

Colin is also an H Class licensed electrical inspector (Victoria) and an Accredited Hazardous Area Electrical Auditor (Queensland)  


At the 2017 Static Control Conference Colin was presented with a life time achievement award in recognition for his outstanding contribution and commitment to the static electricity industry.


Australian/New Zealand Standards committees:

  • MS-066 - hazardous area competencies

  • EL-014 - equipment in explosive atmospheres

  • MS-011 - classification of hazardous areas

Australian/New Zealand Standards sub-committees:

  • EL-014-4 - Intrinsic Safety (Ex i), Encapsulation (Ex m), Special Protection (Ex s) and equipment for use in combustible dusts

  • EL-14-08 – spray painting booths

  • ME-026-02 - industrial hazardous area trucks

  • EL-014-01 - fuel dispensing

  • EL-014-13 - Technical Advisory Group


Michael Troubat

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Michael is a research scientist who is one of the foremost experts on Lightning and is the current President of France Paratonnerres. 


Michael holds a PhD in Electromagnetism and High Frecuency Electronics and is the co-inventor of the IONIFLASH MACH technology used in the ESE Air Terminals.

Michael is a key member of numerous National, European and International standardization  Committees participating in lightning thematic works in Working Groups, Workshop and Maintenance Teams

UF 81 : French National Comitee for Lightniing Protection

CD 84 : French National Syndicate for Lightniing Protection GIMELEC – Strategic Division

CT 84 : French National Syndicate for Lightniing Protection GIMELEC – Technical Division

Working Groups

WG 11 : To prepare IEC 62561 series

WG 12 : To prepare standard on Lightning Location Systems (LLS)

WG 13 : To prepare IEC 62793 Ed. 1 : Protection against lightning – Thunderstorm warning systems

Maintenance Team

MT 3 : IEC 62305-4 : Protection against lightning – Part 4 : Electrichal and electronic systems within structures

MT 8 : IEC 62305-1 and -3 : Protection against lightning – Part 1 : General principles, and Part 3 : Physical damage to structures and life hazard

MT 9 : IEC 62305-2 : Protection against lightning – Part 2 : Risk management

MT 14 : Revision of IEC 62561-1, IEC 62561-2, IEC 62561-3, and IEC 62561-4 / Edition 1

MT 15 : Revision of IEC 62561-5, IEC 62561-6 and IEC 62561-7 / Edition 1


WG 02 : Lightning protection components – EN 50164 => EN 62561

WG 03 : Protection against lemp

WG 04 : Assessment of the risk of dmage due to lightning – EN 62305-2

WG 05 : Thunderstorm decetive devices – EN 50536

WG 06 : Pure performance standard – EN 50622

Neil Dennis


Neil is an electrical and industrial controls engineer with over 40 years broad design experience across a variety of manufacturing plants, oil and gas distribution, food, waste water, Defence and other industries.


Experienced in industrial safety and mechanical design leader for petroleum distribution systems.
HAZOP and workshop leader with roles in development of safety in design for projects.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and lead editor for numerous publications and standards.

Particular technical expertise in all aspects of hazardous areas and providing detailed advice to many organizations spanning a wide range of applications and issues.
Numerous roles in development of hazardous area standards since 1990. Current roles include:
Chair of Standards Australia committee EL-014 for equipment and installations in hazardous areas.
Deputy Chair Standards Australia Committee MS-011 for classification of hazardous areas.
Chair IEC sub committee SC31J for electrical installations and classification of hazardous areas. Liaison roles from IEC TC 31 to other ISO and IEC committees including refrigeration (flammable gases) and hydrogen systems.
Active in numerous other sub committees and working groups in both Australia and IEC related to various aspects of technical development for hazardous area standards.

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