Process Risk Assessment

Date From: 09 October 2018
Date To: 10 October 2018
Location: United Kingdom
Description: Effective risk assessment is fundamental to protecting businesses against the potentially devastating impact of process safety incidents. In most countries it is also a legal requirement.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Rugby
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Course department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534496
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Process Risk Assessment 

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This course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge to identify, assess and communicate process risks from a safety, environmental or business perspective, from a simple qualitative approach to fully quantified assessments.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will understand:

  • the concepts of individual and societal risk 
  • risk tolerability
  • the 5-stage risk assessment process, the different types of process risk assessment and when to apply them
  • techniques for qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantified risk assessment (QRA) including risk matrices, bow tie analysis, LOPA,  occupied buildings risk assessment and fault tree/event tree analysis (FTA and ETA)
  • environmental risk assessment using a risk matrix-based approach (CDOIF methodology)
  • the principles of ALARP demonstration

Who will benefit

  • staff involved in the risk assessment process including supervisors, managers and directors 
  • plant/process operators including maintenance functions 
  • process safety engineers and loss prevention specialists 
  • chemical engineers working toward Chartered status

Course outline

  • process risk - individual and societal risk, tolerability and the ALARP concept
  • the risk assessment process and types
  • hazard identification: how far does this take us?
  • semi-quantitative risk assessment, using a risk matrix to assess process risk
  • environmental risk assessment: using a Matrix-based methodology
  • layers of protection analysis: what benefits can it give us?
  • quantitative risk assessment
  • consequence assessment
  • fault tree and event tree analysis
  • demonstrating risks are ALARP


IChemE member: - £850 + VAT
Non-member: £1000 + VAT

Course presenter

Phil Eames Eur Ing CEng FIChemE Professional Process Safety Engineer - IChemE

Phil graduated in chemical engineering from Leeds University in 1982 and worked in Procter & Gamble’s European R&D Division as a process development engineer before joining the Seal Sands Chemical Company in 1987 and then ICI Acrylics at Billingham in 1988.

Phil worked initially as a process engineer but then moved into plant management and eventually into the role of site Safety Health & Environmental Manager in 1993. From there he became ICI Acrylics’ European SHE Manager in 1996 and then Global SHE Manager in 1998, a position he held for 10 years, during which time the company changed ownership and became Lucite International.

Phil joined ABB Consulting in 2008 and is involved in process safety management consulting including work across most sectors of the process industries including oil and gas, (petro) chemicals, pharmaceuticals and power generation. Phil now works as an independent freelance process safety consultant.

12 hour CPD Duration for CPD recording purposes: up to 12 hours*.

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

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*subject to change.

IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).