Process Safety Performance Indicators and PSM Auditing

Date From: 05 July 2017
Date To: 06 July 2017
Location: United Kingdom
Description: Improve process safety performance through effective use of process safety performance indicators (PSPIs) and process safety management (PSM) audit programmes.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: London, UK
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534431
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Major incidents continue to occur in the process industries, yet many investigations reveal shortcomings where effective management using Process Safety Performance Indicators (PSPIs) and Process Safety Management (PSM) Audit programmes could have reduced the risk of such an occurrence.

Developing effective PSPIs is not always straightforward. A balanced approach that considers leading as well as lagging indicators is the best way to manage major hazards, whilst avoiding the pitfall of creating an unwieldy system where counting becomes more important than action.

This course will help you understand how to improve the effectiveness of process safety performance indicators and process safety management audits. It examines the guidance published by the Health and Safety Executive and others to help create and implement an effective process safety performance programme.

It includes practical workshops aimed at improving process safety management auditing skills and uses past incident case studies to demonstrate how PSPIs and PSM audit programmes could have reduced the risk of these incidents.

Download the Process Safety Performance Indicators and PSM Auditing training course leaflet.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will understand:

  • process safety performance indicators (PSPIs) 
  • how to select and use effective leading and lagging PSPIs using the HSE six-stage approach
  • the benefits of planning and preparation for PSM audits 
  • the different PSM audit types, protocols and techniques that can be employed 
  • how to improve your PSM auditing skills

Who will benefit

Managers, engineers and safety personnel who are responsible for conducting PSM Audits or are involved in establishing and implementing a process safety performance indicators programme within their own organisation.

The course assumes that delegates will have a basic knowledge and understanding of PSM systems.

Course outline

Day 1

  • introduction to PSPIs – what are they and why use them? 
  • HSG 254 methodology 
  • BP Texas City 
  • example PSPIs 
  • selecting PSPIs workshop 
  • past major incidents

Day 2

  • PSM auditing and the need for it 
  • basic steps of a PSM audit program 
  • auditor roles and interview skills 
  • data gathering and writing recommendations 
  • learning from industry


IChemE member – £1150 + VAT
Non-member – £1300 + VAT

Course presenters

Graeme Laughland, principal process safety management consultant, ABB Consulting

Graeme is an IChemE Fellow and a Registered Safety Professional with over 27 years of practical experience in plant operations and process safety management. He has led over 200 hazard studies/PHAs (mainly HAZOP, conducted PSM audits in Europe and the USA and has run numerous training courses on PSM, hazard studies/PHAs, process safety management leadership, human factors, process safety information and RAGAGEP, PSM auditing and process safety performance indicators. His consultancy experience covers oil, gas, chemicals, power, pharmaceutical and bio-fuel industry sectors.

Conrad Ellison, principal process safety management consultant, ABB Consulting

Conrad is an IChemE Fellow and a Chartered Environmentalist with 25 years of process engineering and process safety experience. He has supported numerous organisations across the process industries with their COMAH safety reports and has extensive hazard study experience majoring on HAZOP and process hazard review studies across the chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, power and oil and gas sectors. He also advises companies on aspects of process safety management.

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