Process Risk Assessment

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 12*

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


Live online course – starts on 25 April 2022.

Effective risk assessment is key to protecting businesses against the potentially devastating impact of process safety incidents. In most countries it is also a legal requirement.

This online course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge to identify, assess and communicate process risks from a safety, environmental or business perspective, from a simple qualitative approach to fully quantified assessments.

It can also contribute to satisfying the 'Risk Assessment' competence of your application to become a Professional Process Safety Engineer.

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: 

  • individual and societal risk concepts
  • risk tolerability
  • the principle of demonstrating As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP)
  • the five-stage risk assessment process, the different types of process risk assessments, and when to apply them
  • qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative methods including risk matrices, bow-tie analysis, layer of protection analysis (LOPA), environmental risk assessment, fault-tree analysis, event-tree analysis, hazard analysis, quantitative risk assessment (QRA), and occupied buildings risk assessment.

Who will benefit

  • Staff involved in the risk assessment process including supervisors, managers and directors
  • Plant/process operators including maintenance functions
  • Process safety engineers and loss prevention specialists

Course outline

  • Process risk
  • Qualitative risk assessment 
  • Semi-quantitative risk assessment
  • Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Hazard analysis
  • Quantified risk analysis
  • Cost-benefit analysis 

Previous delegates say

"An excellent introduction and exploration of process risk assessment. I gained insight in to how the various techniques link together and how subjectivity comes into it."
J Scarlett, Tradebe Solvent Recycling, UK

"The content was great...with a high level overview of the concepts and how to apply them in situations. Helen was fantastic and catered well to different experience levels."
S McKay, Syngenta, UK

"A well structured course with a good balance of pre-work and practical group activities."
C Ledingham, Severn Trent Water, UK 

"My goal was to be aware of and use multiple techniques for plant risk assessments and the course provided the information I was after. Sending the material out prior to the live sessions for pre-reading was very beneficial.’’ 
S King, Ampol, Australia

Module dates and times

Module 1

Monday 25 April 2022, 14:00–17:00 BST.

Module 2

Friday 29 April 2022, 14:00–17:00 BST.

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

Not available then? Register your interest in future 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.

Louise Whiting


Louise Whiting

Barberton Limited

Louise has deep technical expertise developed through extensive experience within operating companies. She has worked in both process and process safety roles upstream onshore and offshore in oil and gas facilities, from drilling and completions to the export pipeline and oil and gas processing. 

She joined BP Sunbury, UK in the Major Accident Hazards team after an internship with them before her final year at Imperial College, and subsequently secured two offshore support roles. In 2012, she moved over to support the wells organisation as one of the first process safety engineers in this team. In 2013, she joined the Shell Aberdeen projects team as a technical safety engineer working on several brownfield projects through the Shell risk management processes. A year later, she moved to Dubai to support the Majnoon field (one of Shell's Iraq assets) and quickly became the technical safety tteam lead for the venture. In 2018, Louise moved to the Norwegian project team to head up the process safety team.

In 2019, Louise set up Barberton Limited which provides risk management solutions for a variety of businesses. Louise is passionate about education from preschool to workplace and is involved in a range of activities including governor of her local primary school, STEM ambassador, guest lecturing at Imperial College, facilitator for technical courses at IChemE and an educational series for the Safety and Reliability Society (SaRs).

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