Hazard Identification Techniques

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 12


Hazard identification requires a systematic and methodical approach to ensure all risks are recognised, prioritised and managed.

This course provides the skills and knowledge to prevent and protect against the effects of process safety incidents. It introduces the most important hazard identification techniques, their advantages and disadvantages, and when to apply them.

Delivered using a variety of learning methods, the course features workshops, practical exercises, case studies and video.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will understand: 

  • the principles of key hazard identification techniques such as inherent safety study, HAZID, HAZOP and FMECA
  • how to select appropriate techniques for different situations, scenarios and stages in the project lifecycle
  • the advantages and limitations of each technique 
  • when and how to use risk assessment as part of hazard identification, including LOPA.

Who will benefit

Suitable for anyone responsible for the design, commissioning, decommissioning, construction, installation and modification of plant. It will also benefit plant/process operators, including maintenance functions, process safety engineers and loss prevention specialists.  

Course outline

  • Introduction
  • Hazard identification through the process lifecycle
  • Inherent safety
  • Concept and preliminary Hazard Analysis (HAZID)
  • The HAZOP technique (continuous, batch and procedural)
  • Continuous HAZOP exercise
  • Batch HAZOP exercise
  • Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)
  • Layers of Protection Analysis
  • Further analysis techniques
  • Closing discussion
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