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Fundamentals of Process Safety

Location Reading, UK

Date 26th September 2022

Duration 5 days

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 34

Price IChemE member £2200 + VAT, non-member £2400 + VAT

Overview

"Gave me a good understanding of process safety and why and when to use different evaluation methods."

This course is designed to help participants develop their understanding of the key principles of process safety and its management, as well as the consequences of poor process safety and the key factors influencing the basis of process safety.

Using workshops, case studies and theory, it teaches the core areas of a process safety framework, referencing the six functional areas or pillars as defined by the IChemE Safety Centre: knowledge and competence, engineering and design, systems and procedures, assurance, human factors and culture.

This is essential training for anyone involved in the design, modification, operation and maintenance of a major hazard facility or other process plant who would like to improve their process safety knowledge.

An e-certificate will be issued to participants who attend all modules and pass an end-of-course assessment. 

This course is also delivered online with different start times to suit participants from around the world.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will understand:

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

Read more about the aims and objectives of the course >>

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
  • Anyone who would like to improve their process safety knowledge
  • Graduates, chemical and other engineers may find it beneficial in the preparation of their Chartered Member application.

Topics covered

  • The importance of process safety
  • A model for process safety
  • Hazard and risk
  • Hazard identification and evaluation
  • Consequences – toxicity and fires
  • Consequences – explosions
  • Chemical reactions
  • Flammable atmospheres
  • Project development
  • Design safety
  • Risk assessment
  • Operations
  • Asset integrity
  • Management of change
  • Management systems
  • Human factors
  • Leadership and culture
  • Process safety performance
  • Emergency response

Course presenters

Our expert trainers have worked in many industries including oil and gas, offshore, refining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food processing, utilities, gas distribution, energy, power generation and in some case with government regulators. Face-to-face courses are typically delivered by two trainers with a broad range of process industry experience.

Previous delegates said

100% of UK delegates in 2019 had their learning objectives met and said they would recommend the course to colleagues due to the:

  • breadth and depth of the material covered
  • well-structured and well-presented content
  • enthusiasm of the presenters
  • good use of case studies, videos and group exercises to break-up and supplement the PowerPoint presentations
  • right balance between theory and practice and the focus on real-life issues
  • engaging presenters with real-world experience of applying the course content
  • opportunity to meet and learn from other professionals in different roles/industries
  • opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the topics of the process safety framework and how they fit together, and the context in which certain tools are useful
  • opportunity to make improvements back at the workplace
  • significant effort to involve examples from all industries and not just traditional oil and gas.

"Gave me a good understanding of process safety and why and when to use different evaluation methods."
Kate McFarlane, Johnson Matthey, UK

"The group exercises were well thought out to encourage discussion – this was interesting because of the range of industries and experience represented in each group. The exercises showed how to put the theory into practice."
Stephen McLachlan, TGE Gas Engineering, UK

"The course leaders were very knowledgeable and were good at relating the topics to the attendees' experience."
Stephen Florence, Recycling Technologies, UK

“Excellent content which supplemented my knowledge on occupational safety."
Phil Johnston, Tronox, Australia

“Enjoyed the workshops and group exercises. It was good to learn about other industries and their challenges and what works and doesn't work.”
Chas Mahanga, Dyno Nobel, Australia

"Facilitators were knowledgeable and engaging."
Kim Anderson, Queensland Alumina, Australia

COVID-19 

Last updated: 16 February 2022

IChemE continues to monitor and adhere to local government guidelines regarding COVID-19. We will communicate specific requirements and guidelines with course attendees ahead of each training course.

Whilst our usual cancellation terms and conditions apply, delegates can transfer to a later face-to-face course date or an online iteration of the same course at any stage, without incurring a cancellation fee.

In the event that IChemE cannot deliver the training course as planned, a full refund will be provided.

Discounts

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.

Train your team

This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements, and this could be a cost-effective option if you have several people requiring the training. To find out more and request a quotation, visit our in-company training page.

Contact Phone +44 (0)1788 534496

Contact Email courses@icheme.org

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Helen Fennell

Trainer

Helen Fennell

Helen Fennell graduated in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University in 1997. Since then she has had roles across Operations, Design, Commissioning and Process safety, including senior technical authority roles in Process Safety Management. She has worked across diverse industries including utility systems, onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities, reforming, high hazard installations, cryogenics and novel processes.

Helen has a proven track record of delivering engineering solutions to ensure risks on both greenfield and brownfield projects are ALARP against a backdrop of aggressive schedules and regulatory compliance criteria. Project values range from US$20 Billion down to small discrete studies for operating facilities.

In 2014, Helen set up Inherent Safety Consulting Limited to provide specialist process safety services including process safety studies and hazard review chairmanship. She is an experienced hazard review chairman with over 80 hazard reviews chaired, including What-If, HAZID/ENVID, HAZOP, SIL, LOPA, ALARP, SIMOPS and WEHRA.


Peter Neal

Trainer

Peter Neal

Premier Associates

Peter is a UK registered Chartered Engineer who has over 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He has worked in design; projects; operations; asset integrity; corporate strategy and for the last 15 years specialising in process safety and leadership consulting.

Peter has good experience: developing and improving safety management systems, safety strategy development, training, safety leadership coaching and development, HAZOPS, HAZIDS, management system and technical integrity audits, project HSE reviews, process safety reviews and provision of safety consultancy advice.

His career started in UK offshore and onshore hazardous industries, however he has worked in Kazakhstan, Canada, France, Iran, Holland and Austria for extended periods with assignments in Russia, USA, Pakistan, Singapore, Australia, Romania, New Zealand, Italy, Iraq, UAE, Norway, Libya and Tunisia.

Peter was an offshore Installation manager with a major North Sea operator and fully understands operational demands. He was seconded for three years to the UK Health and Safety Executive in the aftermath of the Piper Alpha disaster to provide industry input during the creation of the new offshore safety regulatory regime in the North Sea.

He graduated with distinction from the MSc in Process Safety and Loss Prevention at University of Sheffield and is a visiting lecturer on the same course. Peter also lectures on process safety at Aston University, Birmingham.

Peter co-founded Premier Safety Associates in 1997 and is responsible for operational delivery for all their world class process safety and risk management consultancy projects.

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