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Fundamentals of Process Safety - IChemE


Investigations into recent incidents have highlighted the importance of having a clear understanding of the principles of process safety management throughout an organisation. This must include staff at all levels from board members through engineers and other technical staff to plant and shift managers and supervisors. IChemE’s intensive five-day course covers the fundamentals and aims to provide an understanding of the key principles of process safety and its management.


At the end of the course delegates should achieve the following key learning outcomes:

  • understand the human, environmental and business consequences of poor process safety

  • be aware of and understand the key factors influencing the basis for process safety

  • understand the hazards associated with process plant and how the risks can be controlled

  • understand the key process safety requirements at each stage in the life cycle of process plant from conceptual design through to operation, maintenance and modification

  • understand the ways in which their work depends on the knowledge and expertise of others (i.e. interdependency and the need for overall organisational process safety management competence)

  • understand their own limitations and know how to acquire further knowledge and understanding of process safety management

An end-of-course assessment will be included. Delegates who successfully complete the assessment will receive an IChemE certificate in the Fundamentals of process safety.

Who will benefit

  • managers, supervisors, engineers, safety personnel, and others involved in the design, operation, modification or maintenance of major hazard or other process plant

  • young chemical engineers en route to achieving chartered status

  • anyone who would like to develop an understanding of process safety

Development of the course

The development of the course has been steered by an expert group of safety professionals drawn from IChemE’s specialist process safety community with wide experience of best practice in organisations such as BP, INEOS, Yule Catto, GSK, HSE and Cambridge University. The oil and gas, petrochemicals, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries are well represented. Throughout the course extensive use will be made of a range of real life case studies and of group discussions.

Course outline

Day 1

  • Importance of process safety management

  • Case study

  • Model for process safety management (including process safety framework, major accidents/accident causes, mechanisms for loss of containment, prevention and control measures, mitigation and emergency measures, process safety strategies)

  • Introduction to hazards and risks

Day 2

  • Fire, explosion and toxic release – hazards, consequences and basic science

  • Hazard identification techniques

  • Case study

  • Risk assessment

  • Reaction hazards and material compatibility

Day 3

  • Process design – including inherent safety, layers of protection, integrity of containment, protective systems, pressure relief, ATEX, occupied buildings

  • Case study

  • Operations – including procedures, safe systems of work, control of contractors, maintenance, asset integrity, operational readiness

  • Management of change – change of people, control systems, plant and process

Day 4

  • Human factors and safety culture

  • Safety management and continuous improvement

  • Safety leadership at all levels in the organisation

  • Leading and lagging indicators

  • Learning from accidents and incidents

  • Legal framework

  • Mitigation and emergency measures

  • Start of multi-stage case study

Day 5

  • Multi-stage case study

  • Course summary

  • Individual action plans

  • Assessment

Registration for this course is via the IChemE website. Safety Solutions could forward your details to IChem E if you want to register.

Where and when is this course offered?

IChemE - Fundamentals of Process Safety Course - Aug 27, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018
This 5 day course is offered in New Plymouth. NZD3465 per attendee (Excl. GST).

Safety Solutions delivers this intensive 5-day course for IChemE. It will benefit staff at all levels in an organisation keen to develop or improve their knowledge of process safety, hazards, risk and their management. This course is delivered on behalf of IChemE. Price given is approximate. Register your interest here or go to the official IchemE website to register. 

Closed Aug 14
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