Inherent Safety in Design and Operation Development

Date From: 11 July 2017
Date To: 12 July 2017
Location: United Kingdom
Description: This course provides a greater understanding of inherent safety including the main principles, tools and measures for a safer, efficient and more profitable plant and operations.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Rugby, UK
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534431
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Significant resources are invested in the daily management, control and mitigation of risks in the chemical and process industries.

However, avoiding or reducing hazards is inherently safer than controlling them and benefits and efficiencies can be achieved by promoting, understanding and creating a more inherently safer working environment for new and existing facilities.

The concept of inherent safety was inspired originally by Trevor Kletz and attempts to eliminate hazards completely.

Unlike other risk management strategies, inherent safety seeks to remove hazards at source, rather than control or mitigate the hazard.

This course from IChemE provides a greater understanding of inherent safety including the main principles, tools and measures for a safer, efficient and more profitable plant and operations. 

Products and processes with the potential to benefit from inherent safety approaches may include:

  • polymerisation 
  • chlorine replacement 
  • LPG storage 
  • ammonia 
  • nitrations 
  • suplhonations 
  • ethylene oxide 
  • acrylic monomers 
  • dyes and pigments 
  • carbon monoxide 
  • fertilisers 
  • uranium compounds
  • other organic specialties 
  • offshore platforms


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will understand:

  • how to identify the principles of inhererent safety
  • how to promote an inherent safety message throughout organisations
  • how to measure inherent safety
  • how inherent safety forms part of a wider safety management system   

Who will benefit

  • staff responsible for design, commissioning, decommissioning, construction and installation of plant
  • plant/process operators including maintenance functions
  • process safety engineers and loss prevention specialists
  • environmental engineers
  • chemical engineers working towards Chartered status 
  • those working towards the Professional Process Safety Engineer status

Course outline

  • risk reduction strategies
  • inherent safety principles
    • minimise
    • substitute
    • moderate
    • simplify
  • inherent safety in project cycle  
  • an inherently safer design process
  • inherent safety benefits
  • inherent safety measurement
  • inherent safety regulations
  • green chemistry  


IChemE member - £600 + VAT
Non member - £800 + VAT

Course presenter

Andrew Hudson MIChemE CEng, Hudson Consultants

Andrew is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with chemical plant/production management background who has specialised in the last 20 years in safety and environmental management.

Andrew has acquired a wide range of experience in industry sectors of oil refinery, fibre manufacture and inorganic chemical production and has held positions in engineering, technical and management functions. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a record of achievement at each stage.

Andrew has a strong practical background in both the design and application of process safety management systems in a variety of industries. His skills predominantly lie in providing practical solutions to SHE related issues.

Andrew is an ambitious individual with an infectious enthusiasm and the desire to continue to develop and succeed. He has proven ability to learn and adapt to new and rapidly changing situations.

Related courses

Consequence Modelling Techniques
Emergency Planning Principles
Hazard Identification Techniques
Introduction to Risk Assessment

Duration (for CPD recording purposes): up to 12 hours*

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*subject to change

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