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Process Safety Management (HSE01)


    This course is an introduction to Process Safety Management, explaining the need for a modern approach to the management of major hazards in the chemical, oil and gas industry sectors. Its primary objective is to provide the participants with the skills necessary for setting up and/or operating Process Safety Management systems which address major hazards of fires, explosions, toxic substance releases, hazardous reactions and runaways.
    The course equips participants with the means to succeed in safety terms as process, project and production engineers or to attain specialist status in Process Safety Management.

    Course Duration: 5 days

    Course Level: Skill
    Instructor: Richard Gowland

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • An engineer working in the process industry (chemical, petrochemical, oil and gas) in projects, process design, operational production and specialist process safety careers

    How we build your confidence

    The course includes:

    • Demonstrations of major events which have changed the way industry operates and its process safety practices. These events have sometimes been described as ‘Black Swan’ accidents. This is because they were thought to be ‘unknown unknowns’ - so unlikely that they were previously not studied. The course includes a method to discover these and to analyse the precursors
    • Process hazard analysis methods which have been proved good practice
    • Hazard identification and frequency identification which is accepted good practice in industry and by competent authorities - the ability to decide when a process or production unit is ‘safe enough’ and to determine the value of further risk reductions in societal and economic terms.

    The methods outlined are backed up by real life case studies and an evaluation of your degree of understanding. Furthermore, overall Process Safety Management Systems are described and all the necessary tools are explained and form part of the course resources for you to own and use. The resources are formatted to allow you to adapt them for training others in your own enterprises.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • Modern methods of risk management for major hazards which allow you to manage risks in projects, operations and training in ways which meet or can be adapted to corporate and regulatory requirements


    • Progressive Process Safety Management framework (linking depth of risk study to severity of process hazards - going all the way from Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) to Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA))
    • Incorporating Process Safety into new projects
    • Principles of Inherently Safer process design
    • PHA methods, subjects and checklists - addressing fire, explosion, toxic release, reactive chemical hazards
    • Using PHA to derive worst case and probable scenarios. The search for atypical scenarios and `Black Swans`
    • Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP) - includes case studies
    • Simple methods for estimating severity of all identified hazardous scenarios (fire, explosion, runaway reactions, toxic release etc.)
    • Tolerability criteria (people effects and environment)
    • Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) - includes case studies
    • Criteria for deciding if a risk is tolerable or not - ’As Low as Reasonably Practicable’ (ALARP)
    • Process safety metrics, reporting incidents, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) - Trending etc.
    • Human factors basics (human error, human reliability to respond to stimuli such as alarms)
    • Process safety culture (based on Baker Report recommendations)
    • Process safety competence assurance
    • Case studies based on Buncefield (major fire and explosion) and BP Texas City (explosion)
    • Case review - Deepwater Horizon: what happened, how was the disaster finally stopped and what are the long-term issues?
    • Root cause investigation
    • Self-assessment and auditing

    Customer Feedback

    "I liked the examples from industry (practical examples)" - Project Engineer at Wintershall




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