Workshops

Our workshop sessions offer the chance to explore certain core topics in more depth and reflect on how safety is managed in your organisation.

Workshop attendance is included in your conference fee but places are available on a first-come-first-served basis and some sessions have limited capacity. Please tell us which workshop(s) you plan to attend when you register.

Understanding Global and Local Bowties

Monday 30 November, 12:30—14:30

Delivered by CGE Risk Management Solutions and DNV GL

This workshop will begin by reviewing the bowtie method as per best practice from the Centre for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) and the Energy Institute.

It will then introduce the global/local concept within bowties (also known as corporate/asset or parent/child) which will cover:

  • the differences between a global and local level bowtie with a focus on application of function (global level) and system (local level) barriers
  • the benefits to an organisation from thinking this way.

There will then be a practical group exercise to embed the theory element. The exercise will start with a pre-defined global bowtie and lead you through the process of building a local version. It will demonstrate how it can be very efficient and helpful to an organisation to start with a global bowtie, allowing the hazards to be owned at a local level but giving structure to the development of the key hazards for the organisation.


ISC Case Study: Tank Farm–Simulating Operational Decisions

Monday 30 November, 12:30—14:30

Delivered by the IChemE Safety Centre (ISC)

The ISC has developed a range of interactive case studies based on real life incidents. Each case study takes you through a process safety incident as it unfolds, without prior knowledge of the outcome. This approach provides a rare opportunity for users to make crucial safety decisions, at designated points throughout the session, and discover how each of their decisions impacts on the incident. The interactive and engaging nature of the case studies helps to embed the lessons learnt from the training sessions, enabling users to enhance their understanding and application of process safety procedures.

During this interactive workshop, ISC Deputy Director, Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes, will take you through a case study focusing on a series of challenges associated with operating a tank farm. You will make ongoing decisions about the operations, comparable to those that could occur while on shift. You will have the opportunity to participate in real time via your mobile phone, providing your thoughts on what is unfolding. 

The workshop will help you to practise the tenuous balance between meeting production output targets, whilst adhering to essential safety requirements.  


Incident Investigation, Human Factors & Cause Tree Analysis

Monday 30 November, 12:30—14:30

Delivered by IChemE

This workshop will help delegates develop improved incident investigation skills by focusing on the key aspects of incident investigation, including:

  • the need to search for systemic failures
  • how to diagnose and address human failure
  • collecting evidence
  • identifying root causes using the Cause Tree Analysis technique.

It is designed for anyone with responsibility for investigating process incidents or participating in investigations.

A one-day training course on Incident Investigation, Human Failure and Cause Tree Analysis is also available.


Cyber Security and the Process Industries

Monday 30 November, 12:30—14:30

Delivered by the Health and Safety Executive

At first glance, cyber security and process safety may not appear to have much in common, but both pose a significant risk to the chemical and process industries if not managed properly. Whilst there is much guidance available on cyber security, there is no established relevant good practice in the UK. Last year the HSE published updated guidance seeking to provide a basis for regulation of cyber security in the process industries. This workshop will explore that guidance in more detail and how it will be used from a regulatory point of view.


Risk-Based Decision Modelling

Monday 30 November, 15:00—17:00

Delivered by RAS Ltd

Risk assessments come in all shapes and sizes. They range from the estimation of risk using a team’s experience, through to the semi and full quantification. Once the assessment is complete and there is a robust understanding of the risk, the next stage in the decision-making process is to decide if the risk is tolerable. If the risk is tolerable, the next stage is to satisfy the challenge of demonstrating the risk is ALARP. Those key decisions require operators to use appropriate risk criteria to support the decisions whether qualitative or quantified.

This workshop will explore the range of assessment approaches and more importantly what criteria could be used to support the different decisions that need to be made within risk management. Topics covered will include:

  • the different risk assessment approaches
  • the different risk criteria that might be used within risk decisions; common pitfalls
  • what should influence the decision-making process
  • using cost benefit analysis (CBA) and why demonstrating ALARP doesn't have to use numbers.

ISC Case Study: Underground Pipeline–Managing Business Risk

Monday 30 November, 15:00—17:00

Delivered by the IChemE Safety Centre (ISC)

The ISC has developed a range of interactive Case Studies based on real life incidents. Each case study takes you through a process safety incident as it unfolds, without prior knowledge of the outcome. This approach provides a rare opportunity for users to make crucial safety decisions, at designated points throughout the session, and discover how each of their decisions impacts on the incident. The interactive and engaging nature of the Case Studies helps to embed the lessons learnt from the training sessions, enabling users to enhance their understanding and application of process safety procedures.

During this interactive workshop, ISC Director, Trish Kerin, will take you through a Case Study focusing on a series of challenges associated with an underground pipeline. You will explore how an organisation manages risk and the conflicting financial pressures. You will have the opportunity to participate in real time via your mobile phone, providing your thoughts on what is unfolding.

The workshop will highlight how making assumptions in asset management can impact the overall risk profile and safety performance.


Introducing and Embedding Process Safety

Monday 30 November, 15:00—17:00

Delivered by IChemE

This workshop will explore how best to introduce the concept of process safety to new starters and non process safety practitioners at your organisation. It will also consider how to embed process safety in the way your organisation operates. Topics include:

  • who needs to understand process safety and why?
  • what subjects should be included
  • how do you make process safety accessible and relevant to non process safety practitioners?
  • different learning methods
  • the pros/cons of internal training and external training
  • how do you embed the learning?

This session is designed for anyone with responsibility for training and/or new staff development at their organisation.

The session will be led by Ken Patterson, an experienced process safety practitioner with an extensive background in both industry and working for the HSE.


Human Factors in the Process Industries

Monday 30 November, 15:00—17:00

Delivered by The Keil Centre

Since 2009, IChemE and the Keil Centre have run the modular Human Factors in Health and Safety training programme in the UK, with a parallel course run in Australia since 2014. Over a series of four 2-day modules, run throughout the year, the course provides delegates with a broader and deeper understanding of key human factors topics relevant to safety in the chemical and process industries. The course modules are delivered by a group of practitioner experts using a blended learning approach with case studies, interactive exercises and a mix of training media.

This workshop will start with a broad overview of the human factors issues relevant to managing major accident risks. We will then discuss human behaviour and human failure (errors and non-compliances) in more detail, since this is crucial for understanding the human contribution to accidents and implementing successful mitigations. The workshop will include case study exercises typical of the format used on the full course.

The workshop is intended to provide a ‘taster’ session for participants who have an interest in learning more about human factors in safety. Anyone who may be interested in attending specific modules or the full Human Factors in Health and Safety training programme will also benefit from taking part.

The workshop will be led by James Bunn, Principal Human Factors Consultant at the Keil Centre. James is an experienced human factors specialist and industrial accident investigator who has worked for both HSE in the UK and in the energy sector in Norway.


Pre-Start-up Safety Review

Monday 30 November, 15:00—17:00

Delivered by VisiumKMS (Rolls-Royce)

This workshop will explore the role and importance of pre-start-up safety review (PSSR), the many challenges industries face when performing PSSR and various mitigation paths. Topics to be discussed include:

  • process safety management (PSM) standards and requirements for PSSR
    • what drives the need for PSSR and why is it important?
  • the importance of PSSR in a variety of areas
    • when to perform a PSSR, who should perform it, where does it fit in the process?
  • PSSR is not just compliance
    • why do we limit PSSR to safety?
    • how can PSSR be used to improve the organisation?
  • PSSR success and failure
    • common mistakes, technology dos and don'ts, self-knowledge.