Two new interactive process safety case studies launched at Hazards 29

Two new interactive process safety case studies launched at Hazards 29

23rd May 2019

Chemical Plant and Underground Pipeline are the two latest interactive safety case studies to be launched by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)’s Safety Centre.

IChemE Safety Centre Director, Trish Kerin, announced the launch at Hazards 29, Europe’s largest annual process safety conference, held in Birmingham, UK. The conference started yesterday (Wednesday 22 May) with pre-conference workshops and a welcome reception, which included a talk from Disney’s Worldwide Safety and Health Manager, Mike Bell.

The interactive case studies are training resources that put process safety professionals in the driving seat. Through the animated video footage, users can experience an incident without prior knowledge of the outcome, and are put through several scenarios where they are asked to make crucial safety decisions. They can then learn how these decisions impact on the outcome of the incident.

Chemical Plant highlights the conflicting pressure of budget and production versus safety, showing the challenges of determining which option is inherently safer.

Underground Pipeline highlights how making assumptions in asset management can impact the overall risk profile and safety performance.

Kerin said:

“When we review the findings of an incident, we do it with the knowledge of what caused it and, as humans, it can be easy to rationalise why the incident wouldn’t happen to us because we would make different decisions. These case studies challenge the conventional way in which we learn from incidents and go through the decision-making process, without the actual consequences of an incident.

“Since the case studies launched in 2016, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and there has been strong interest in a continued variety of examples. I’m delighted that we’ve added Chemical Plant and Underground Pipeline to the collection. We’ll also soon have a new case study, Laboratory Experiment – so watch this space. Thank you to the generous support from Saudi Aramco on these three projects.”

For more information, to watch same sample footage of a case study or to purchase one online visit:


IChemE Safety Centre

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Trish Kerin launches two new IChemE Safety Centre interactive case studies


For more information please contact:

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435

Ketna Mistry, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534484

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