Fundamentals of Process Safety

Location Melbourne, Australia

Date 12th October 2020

Duration 5 days

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 34

Price IChemE member $3565 (inc GST), non-member $4090 (inc GST)


This IChemE flagship process safety training course is essential for anyone who is involved in the design, modification, operation and maintenance of a major hazard or process plant and references the management framework built on six functional areas or pillars developed by the IChemE Safety Centre.

The course functional pillars are:

  • knowledge and competence
  • engineering and design
  • systems and procedures
  • assurance
  • human factors and
  • culture.

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.

We are celebrating 10 years since the first Fundamentals of Process Safety training course took place. Take a look at how the course was developed and how it has evolved since >>

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the key principles of process safety and its management
  • Understand the consequences of poor process safety (human, environmental and business consequences)
  • Be aware of the key factors influencing the basis of process safety
  • Understand the hazards associated with a process plant and how the risks can be controlled
  • Understand the key process safety requirements at each stage in the life cycle of a process plant from conceptual design through to operation, maintenance and modification
  • Understand the interdependence and the need for overall organisation process safety management capability
  • Understand 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.

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

Course outline

The course has interactive workshops, case studies and theory covering core areas of a process safety framework.

View the daily course outline >>

Course presenters

Our pool of expert trainers 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.


Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

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

Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

Contact Phone +61 (03) 9642 4494

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Iain Murray, MIChemE


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 was Project Director for Safety Case at Oji Fibre Solutions for two Pulp and Paper Mills in New Zealand and developed 14-element SMS, updated emergency management and production of safety case document for WorkSafe NZ. He is currently working with a large NZ corporation in Hazard ID, Risk Assessment and SCE management.
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, Amec Foster Wheeler and now with Beca.
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.

Steve Cooper, MIChemE


Steve Cooper, MIChemE


Steve is Chartered chemical engineer with over 20 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.

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