An Introduction to Process Safety

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 13.75


Recent and historical incidents have highlighted the importance of having a clear understanding of the principles of process safety management throughout an organisation. This course, developed for those who are not in a process safety line management position but whose activities influence the process safety performance of their organisation. This can include staff engaged in corporate, R&D, commercial, HR and IT activities.

This course will provide a broad understanding of the tools and problem-solving techniques used in process safety.

Learning outcomes

  • understand what process safety is and the human, environmental and business consequences of poor process safety
  • have applied a simple model for analysing process safety incidents
  • have a broad understanding of process safety hazards and risk
  • learn how process safety management is organised and what are the elements of a modern process safety management system
  • understand your role in promoting process safety.

Who will benefit

  • anyone involved in a role which does not have direct line responsibility for process safety
  • anyone who would like to develop a broad understanding of process safety.

Course outline

  • Importance of process safety
  • A model for process safety incidents
  • Key hazards
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment techniques
  • Risk tolerability
  • Process safety in design
  • Asset integrity
  • Legal framework
  • Management systems and continuous improvement
  • Management of change
  • Monitoring and assurance
  • Human factors
  • Safety culture and leadership
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