Fundamentals of Process Safety - Melbourne

Date From: 15 October 2018
Date To: 19 October 2018
Location: Australia
Description: Will benefit staff at all levels in an organisation keen to develop or improve their knowledge of process safety, hazards, risk and their management.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Melbourne, Australia
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Natalie Graser
Contact Phone: +61 (0) 3 9642 4494
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Alternative dates and locations

9-13 April 2018, Perth, Australia
28 May - 1 June 2018, Brisbane, Australia
27-31 August 2018, New Plymouth, New Zealand


Learn the fundamentals of process safety and its management

This intensive course will help you better understand the fundamentals of process safety and its management.

Drawing upon examples and case studies from a range of sectors, this practical, workshop-focussed programme references the framework of the IChemE Safety Centre: knowledge and competence, engineering and design, systems and procedures, assurance, human factors, and culture. Topics include hazard identification techniques, fires and explosions, chemical reactions, design safety, asset integrity, management of change, process safety performance and 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.

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


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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: AUD$3465 (inc. GST)
  • Non member: AUD$3990 (inc. GST)


Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places - 5% discount
  • 3 places - 10% discount
  • 4 or more places - 15% discount


Multiple places must be booked at the same time to qualify.

Course presenters

Our pool of expert trainers on Fundamentals of Process Safety 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. 

Steve Cooper, MIChemE, Worley Parsons

Steve is Chartered chemical engineer with over 19 years experience in the offshore oil and gas industry and onshore petrochemical industry. He has invaluable processing plant and operations experience and been involved with numerous plant upgrades and part of start up and shutdown teams.

He has supplied safety engineering support as part of design teams and facility upgrades operations and safety cases for mobile and fixed operations in the UK, Australia and Russia.

Lex Seto, Registered Professional Engineer Queensland

Lex Seto, BE (chemical) and MBA (Technology Management), has over 25 years’ experience in operations management and project management in the fertiliser, explosives, and chemical industries. Lex has had a further 15 years assisting these and others including upstream and downstream oil and gas industries and the mining industry.

Lex’s major support emphases for both large and small organisations are in process safety in both design and operations, and in project risk.

Iain Murray, MIChemE, Amec Foster Wheeler

Iain is a chartered engineer and has significant management experience in Construction (gas pipelines) LNG and refining sectors and operational and general management. His passion and priorities for Process Safety and Risk Management has been a distinguishing aspect of his management approach. Iain led the Operations function of Operability, Reliability and Maintainability project - Chevrons Wheatstone Upstream.

Iain’s varied experience includes project management, commissioning, optimising and improving processes, Profit and Loss responsibility, leadership and team development and worked for ExxonMobil (Mobil), Santos, Wesfarmers Energy, Clough AMEC ,  Zinfra and now with Amec Foster Wheeler.

Iain has presented on Process Safety conferences in New Zealand, Perth and Brisbane. He has a BSc majoring in chemistry and mathematics, a B Eng (Chem), and an Executive MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management.

Andrew Woodhams, FIChemE, CEng, Thomas & McKinlay Consulting

Andrew Woodhams is a Fellow of IChemE, who has worked in hydrocarbon related activities for more than twenty five years. He was introduced to process safety at Loughborough University and it has been a central component of all of his work.

During his 17 years at BP, following Texas City, he volunteered to take on safety accountabilities to promote process safety knowledge in Australia’s upstream business. After leaving BP in 2014, he has continued to promote process safety initiatives through APPEA and the IChemE Safety Centre, contributing to a number of recent publications.

Garry Law, CEng, FIChemE, Professional Process Safety Engineer, Technical Safety Consultants

Mr Law has over 20 years of experience in plant operations, project design, process safety, functional safety, major hazard safety assessment, onshore and offshore safety cases, risk assessment and loss prevention engineering. This includes working as a process and safety engineer for several international O&G operators at oil refineries, gas plants and offshore platforms and as Principal Engineer for design projects in Australia, UK, India, Africa, PNG, S.E Asia and Russia.

His current focus is on Technical Safety Engineering and Formal Safety Assessments involving a range of studies from Design Concept to commissioning and operations, for example, HAZID and HAZOP, Safety Integrity Level (SIL) assessments including Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA), ALARP Demonstration, Management Of Change (MOC), Bowtie/Performance Standards, Fire Protection Systems and Process Safety Performance Metrics.

He is a strong advocate for inherently safer designs through early hazard identification, risk assessment, “optioneering” and ALARP justification.

Duration 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.

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