Fundamentals of Process Safety - March

Date From: 20 March 2017
Date To: 24 March 2017
Location: United Kingdom
Description: An intensive course providing an understanding of the key principles of process safety and its management. Revised in 2016, the course is based on a framework of six functional pillars developed by the IChemE Safety Centre: knowledge and competence; engineering and design; systems and procedures; assurance; human factors; and culture.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Manchester, UK
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534431
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Alternative dates

12–16 June 2017, Edinburgh, UK
16–20 October 2017, Reading, UK


IChemE Safety Centre - ISCIChemE's flagship process safety training course was revised and updated in 2016.

The course is essential for anyone who is involved in the design, modification, operation and maintenance of a major hazard or process plant and references the management framework built on six functional areas or pillars developed by the IChemE Safety Centre.

The course functional pillars are:

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


Topics revised and introduced in 2016 include:

  • 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 copy of the Fundamentals of Process Safety training 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.

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 member - £1725 + VAT
Non-member - £1920 + VAT

Course presenters

Our pool of expert trainers have worked in many industries, such as: oil and gas, offshore, refining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food processing, utilities, gas distribution, energy, power generation and in some case with government regulators. This makes them ideally placed to deliver the course to delegates coming from a range of industries and encourage cross-sector learning.


Tracey Kelly, FIChemE, Professional Process Safety Engineer, consultant

Since graduating in 1987, Tracey has accumulated significant experience in hazardous chemical plant process development and design; production management; maintenance management and safety management at manager and director level.

Tracey has provided process safety consultancy to many sectors, including power generation; chemicals; pharmaceuticals; medical devices; food and beverages. Her services include safety reviews and risk assessments at all stages in the project and plant life cycle and process safety management system development; gap analysis; inspections and audits. Tracey has assisted many clients in the major hazard industries to develop and improve their CoMAH compliance, MAPP documents and safety reports. She conducts consequence modelling; qualitative and quantitative risk assessments; including HAZOP; SIL determination; ATEX hazardous area classification; fire water retention risk assessments and risk reduction studies.

In 2005 Tracey joined SCOSH (the Scottish Centre for Occupational Safety and Health) at the University of Strathclyde as a distance learning tutor for their safety and risk management programme and is now a lead tutor for the post graduate certificate, post graduate diploma and MSc modules.

Tracey also continues to provide consultancy in addition to tutoring.

Andrew Hudson, MIChemE, Hudson Consultants

Andrew is Chartered chemical engineer with chemical plant/production management background. He has specialised in the last 20 years in safety and environmental management.

Andrew acquired a wide range of experience in industry sectors of oil refinery, fibre manufacture and inorganic chemical production and I have held positions in engineering, technical and management functions. Throughout my career, I have demonstrated a record of achievement at each stage. He has a strong practical background in both the design and application of process safety management systems in a variety of industries, with his skills predominantly lie in providing practical solutions to SHE related issues.

CPD Recording Information

34 hours CPDDuration (for CPD recording purposes): up to 34 hours

If you are recording mandatory CPD you should refer to your own regulator’s requirements as recognition of CPD hours may vary.

New CPD verification process from 2017. IChemE (in line with Engineering Council requirements) will be checking a random sample of Chartered Members’ and Fellows’ CPD records. More details online.

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