Inherent Safety in Design and Operation Development

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 11.5*

Price IChemE member £720 + VAT, non-member £864 + VAT


Live online course – starts on 6 December 2021.

You invest significant resources in the daily management, control and mitigation of risks at your organisation. However, avoiding or reducing hazards is inherently safer than controlling them.

This online course will give you a greater understanding of the concept of 'inherent safety' including the main principles, tools and measures for a safer, efficient and more profitable plant and operations.

There are major benefits and efficiencies to be achieved by promoting and creating an inherently safer working environment where the amount of hazardous material and hazardous operations are reduced. Unlike other risk management strategies, inherent safety seeks to remove hazards at source.

The concept of inherent safety was inspired originally by Trevor Kletz and attempts to eliminate hazards completely.

Teaching will be delivered via two live modules (approximately 2—3 hours in length each), alongside independent study and pre-recorded video sessions issued before/between modules. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will understand: 

  • how to identify the principles of inherent safety
  • how to promote an inherent safety message throughout organisations
  • how inherent safety forms part of a wider safety management system.

Who will benefit

  • Staff responsible for design, commissioning, decommissioning, construction and installation of plant
  • Plant/process operators including maintenance functions
  • Process safety engineers and loss prevention specialists
  • Environmental engineers

Graduates, chemical and other engineers may find it beneficial in the preparation of their Chartered Member application. Those working towards the Professional Process Safety registration may also find it useful.

Course outline

  • Risk reduction strategies
  • Inherent safety principles – elimination, minimisation, substitution, moderation, segregation, simplification
  • Inherent safety in the project cycle
  • An inherently safer design process
  • Inherent safety benefits
  • Inherent safety measurement
  • Inherent safety regulatory compliance
  • Green chemistry

Previous delegates say

"The course was excellent, with a good mixture of examples and case studies to illustrate the slides. The number of examples used really illustrated the range of improvements that inherent safety covers and made it easier to see how it can be applied to my work. Trish was excellent, really knowledgeable on the subject and helpful with questions."  
K McFarlane, Johnson Matthey, UK

Module dates and times

Module 1

Monday 6 December 2021, 10:00–13:00 GMT

Module 2

Tuesday 7 December 2021, 10:00–13:00 GMT

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

Register your interest for future course dates.


  • IChemE member: £720 + VAT
  • Non-member: £864 + VAT


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.

In-company training

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

* 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.

Trish Kerin


Trish Kerin

Director, IChemE Safety Centre

After graduating with honours in mechanical engineeringTrish spent several years working in project management, operational and safety roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries.   

Trish has represented industry on many government committees related to process safety, and sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) steering committee. 

Trish is a Chartered Engineer, registered Professional Process Safety Engineer, Fellow of IChemE and Fellow of Engineers Australia. Trish holds a diploma in OHS and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). In 2015 Trish received the John A. Brodie Medal from Engineers Australia for her paper on Process Safety Competency at the Asia Pacific Congress of Chemical Engineering and in 2018 received the Trevor Kletz Merit Award from the MKOPSC for her work in process safety internationally. In 2020 her book “Let’s Talk About Your Leadership: Learning Through the Art of Storytelling” was published.  

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