Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP) is an internationally respected method of identifying hazards in chemical, oil, gas and pharmaceutical processes. It forms a vital part in Risk Management and provides the input for the full assessment of risk in terms of consequence severity and frequency via methods such as Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) and Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA). The course covers the principles of HAZOP and the part of Process Safety Management and Risk Assessment where it applies. The technique is described in detail and its ‘rules’ are properly explained.
The desired outcome is that the participants understand the technique to enable them to take an active part to lead HAZOP studies.
Course Level: Skill Instructor: Richard Gowland
Designed for you, if you are...
A HAZOP team member wanting to take up study team leadership
An engineer or other technical person who is new to HAZOP study
A project manager or project engineer
A production manager or production enginner
A process safety engineer
How we build your confidence
The course is delivered by means of presentations, case studies and the use of simple MS Excel software. Part of the course is devoted to case studies. The first of these studies is led by the trainer and then the participant groups lead the later examples with observation and guidance from the trainer. Since the aim of the course is to equip participants with the ability to lead HAZOP studies, it is considered important for the participants to take a very active part in the case studies.
By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:
The ability to set up and run HAZOP studies and control a HAZOP to ensure high class outcomes
Hazards and how they impact people, the community, economics and the environment
Major contributions to process and occupational safety risk management and reduction
What is HAZOP?
When is HAZOP needed?
Understand how to plan, lead, implement, record and review a HAZOP study
Key terminology on parameters, guidewords and hazardous deviations associated with a HAZOP study
Key resources needed for a HAZOP study
The different roles within a HAZOP-team composition
Understand the key characteristics of the method and requirements for HAZOP chair and the importance of balancing the HAZOP team inputs and contributions
Discuss the limitations of a HAZOP study
Carry out whole group and subgroup worked examples and case studies - Revisit major accidents e.g. BP Texas City - Gasoline storage - Distillation column level control - Intermediate storage tank - Exothermic runaway in a reactor