Fundamentals of Process Safety - South Africa

Date From: tbc
Location: South Africa
Description: Intensive course providing an understanding of the key principles of process safety and it's management. Revised in 2016 and structured around the IChemE Safety Centre framework.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Boksburg, South Africa
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Rod Prior
Contact Phone: +27 (0)82 554 0010
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Our flagship process safety course has been revised and updated for 2016. The content includes new case studies, latest information and current best practice. The course references the framework of the IChemE Safety Centre: knowledge and competence, engineering and design, systems and procedures, assurance, human factors and culture. It is essential for anyone who is involved in the design, modification, operation and maintenance of a major hazard or process plant.

Revised and new topics:

  • project development
  • technical risk assessment
  • occupied buildings risk assessment
  • environmental risk assessment
  • asset integrity
  • flammable atmospheres
  • leadership and culture
  • process safety performance
  • emergency response


Process safety incidents constantly highlight 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. This intensive course covers the fundamentals and aims to provide an understanding of the key principles of process safety and its management.

Download a Fundamentals of Process Safety Management course leaflet.

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
  • understand the ways in which your work depends on the knowledge and expertise of others
  • understand your limitations and know how to acquire further knowledge and understanding of process safety management


An end-of-course assessment is included. Delegates who successfully complete the assessment will receive an IChemE pass certificate in the Fundamentals of Process Safety Management.

Course outline

The course has interactive workshops, case studies and theory covering core areas of a process safety framework:

  • leadership
  • knowledge and competence
  • engineering and design
  • systems and procedures
  • assurance
  • human factors
  • culture


Click here to view the daily course outline.

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
  • graduates, chemical and other engineers en-route to achieving Chartered status
  • anyone who would like to develop an understanding of process safety
  • professionals who want to expand their knowledge of process safety


IChemE/SAIChE member: R14500
Non-member: R15000
Early bird discount: 5% if payment is received before 2 October 2017.

Course presenters

Rod Prior, MIChemE, Professional Process Safety Engineer, SHExcellence

Rod is a chemical engineer and a Professional Process Safety Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the process industries, including production, commission and health and safety management. Rod was instrumental in introducing PSM concepts into South Africa in 2004. He co-presented the first IChemE course in August 2010.

Nigel Coni, consultant

Nigel is a chemical engineer with 40 years experience in the chemical industry, in design, project, production and consulting positions. For the last 10 years he has worked as a safety, health and environmental consultant, specialising in safety risk and environmental impact assessments of projects in the chemical processing industry. Nigel is a Past-President of SAIChE, the South African Institution of Chemical Engineering, and also of IAIAsa, the South African Affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment. He is Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee for Chemical Engineering of the Engineering Council of South Africa.
SAIChE CPD accredited course4 CPD Credit Hours
This course has 4 award credits, reference number SAIChE-CPD-142 

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