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Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) – UK times

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 11.5

Price IChemE member £1080 + VAT, non-member £1296 + VAT

Overview

Live online course – starts on 18 November 2020.

Layer of protection analysis (LOPA) is a semi-quantitative tool for analysing and assessing risk on a process plant. It uses an order of magnitude technique to evaluate the adequacy of existing or proposed layers of protection against known hazards.

This online course will help you understand how significant scenarios are categorised and tolerable frequencies assigned for identified hazardous events. You will also learn to assign risk categories and determine how many Independent Protection Layers (IPLs) should be in place. The course also covers the specification and requirements for a protection layer to be accepted as an IPL.

All the essential LOPA steps are practised in virtual workshops, including the use of software tools. Course materials also include a compendium of LOPA research papers, reference materials and further reading.

Teaching will be delivered via three live modules (approximately three hours in length each), alongside independent study and pre-recorded video sessions issued before/between modules.

An e-certificate will be issued at the end of the course to confirm attendance and CPD hours logged.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will understand:

  • the LOPA methodology and its application
  • how to decide if a process needs a safety instrumented system (SIS)
  • what safety integrity level (SIL) is required
  • how to define an Independent Protection Layer (IPL)
  • how to implement a process to manage these systems through the life cycle of an installation
  • how to lead a LOPA study.

Who will benefit

  • Process safety engineers
  • Loss prevention specialists
  • Production engineers
  • Process design engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Process programmers
  • Instrument control designers
  • Anyone responsible for leading a LOPA study

Course outline

  • Concept, purpose and principles of LOPA
  • LOPA methodology
  • Selecting scenarios
  • The LOPA process
  • Describing scenarios
  • Estimating initiating event frequencies
  • Independent protection layers and their reliability
  • LOPA study and documentation
  • Advanced aspects
  • Facilitating a LOPA study
  • Responsibilities and challenges

Module dates and times

Module 1

Wednesday 18 November 2020, 10:00–13:00 GMT.

Module 2

Friday 20 November 2020, 10:00–13:00 GMT.

Module 3

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 10:00–13:00 GMT.

There will be independent study and pre-recorded video sessions issued before/between modules. 

Not available then? Register your interest for future online dates.

Fees

  • IChemE member: £1080 + VAT
  • Non-member: £1296 + VAT

Discounts

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.

Delivery

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.

Please note that this course uses example spreadsheets that do not display correctly on a Mac computer. You are therefore strongly advised to use a Windows-based PC to access the course.

In-company training

This can also be delivered as a virtual in-company course. Contact us for more details.

Nigel Bowker

Trainer

Nigel Bowker

BSc(Eng), ACGI, MBA, C Eng, FIChemE

After graduating from Imperial College in 1976 with a degree in chemical engineering, Nigel worked as a process engineer for two firms of design contractors (Stone and Webster and Davy Powergas) and later worked for Shell Expro.

In 1986, he joined BP where he worked for the next 22 years. His career with BP included exploration and field development, production operations offshore (in Forties) and onshore (in the Forties Pipeline System), internal audit and health, safety and environment. His final role was as HS&E Manager in supply chain management for the North Sea.

After taking early retirement from BP, Nigel set up his own consultancy. He has provided a range of services to clients including process engineering, audit, process safety and occupational safety. He now specializes in chairing HAZIDs and HAZOPs and is an accredited HAZOP chairman with BP.

Nigel is a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and is a former chairman of the IChemE’s Aberdeen Member Group.

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