Fundamentals of Process Safety

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 34*

Price IChemE member 12500 MYR, non-member 13500 MYR


Live online course – from 2 August 2022, 12:00–15:00 AWST/MYT.
Alternative dates – from 21 June 2022, 10:00–13:00 BST.
Also offered face-to-face.

This online 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 virtual 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.

Teaching will be delivered across five live sessions (approximately two–three hours in length each) and pre-recorded video content for independent study. 

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

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will understand:

  • the key principles of process safety and its management
  • the human, environmental and business consequences of poor process safety
  • the key factors influencing the basis of process safety
  • the hazards associated with a process plant and how the risks can be controlled
  • 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
  • the 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
  • 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. 

Each online course will be led by a specific trainer but pre-recorded content features a range of trainers, each bringing a unique perspective to the course.

Previous delegates said

"The best thing about the course was the content and case studies with input from a number of experts. Having the course spread over five modules allowed reflection/looking at what the session meant in your own plant etc. which was very beneficial."
C Cormack, GSK

"The case studies really helped to relate the course material to real-world scenarios and highlight the importance of process safety."
J Carroll, William Blythe Ltd, UK

"The combination of presentations, videos and exercises were good to keep people interested in the course."
L Lawton, Abbott Risk Consulting

"A good, all-round overview of process safety from a lot of different perspectives. The content was engaging and was my first experience of online training, and I would do it again."
M Carter, William Blythe Ltd, UK

"The pre-recorded content was great for building a platform for the live sessions, and will provide great reference material going forward."
J Carroll, William Blythe Ltd, UK 


Module 1

Tuesday 2 August 2022:

  • 12:00–15:00 AWST/MYT
  • 14:00–17:00 AEST
  • 16:00–19:00 NZST

Module 2

Tuesday 9 August 2022:

  • 12:00–15:00 AWST/MYT
  • 14:00–17:00 AEST
  • 16:00–19:00 NZST

Module 3

Tuesday 16 August 2022:

  • 12:00–15:00 AWST/MYT
  • 14:00–17:00 AEST
  • 16:00–19:00 NZST

Module 4

Tuesday 23 August 2022:

  • 12:00–15:00 AWST/MYT
  • 14:00–17:00 AEST
  • 16:00–19:00 NZST

Module 5

Tuesday 30 August 2022:

  • 12:00–15:00 AWST/MYT
  • 14:00–17:00 AEST
  • 16:00–19:00 NZST

Pre-recorded video content will be provided for independent study before/between modules.

Not available then? Register your interest in future dates.


  • IChemE member: 12500 MYR
  • Non-member: 13500 MYR


Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places – 10% discount
  • 3 places –15% discount
  • 4 or more places – 20% discount.

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


Modules will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. If you don't already have this installed, you can join as a guest in order to access the training. We'll share information about how to do this after you've registered.

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.

* CPD hours should be used as an approximate guide and will vary depending on the preferred approach of the delegate and to what extent additional learning is completed.

Associated course

Six Pillars of Process Safety

From 27 June 2022, 10:00–13:00 BST | Explore the six functional areas key to achieving good process safety outcomes.

Helen Fennell


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.

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