Inherent Safety in Design and Operation Development

Date From: tbc
Location: United Kingdom
Description: Avoiding hazards is inherently safer than controlling them. This 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.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: TBC
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534496
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Inherent Safety brochureSignificant resources are invested in the daily management, control and mitigation of risks in the chemical and process industries.

However, avoiding or reducing hazards is inherently safer than controlling them and benefits and efficiencies can be achieved by promoting, understanding and creating a more inherently safer working environment for new and existing facilities.

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

Unlike other risk management strategies, inherent safety seeks to remove hazards at source, rather than control or mitigate the hazard.

This course from IChemE provides a greater understanding of inherent safety including the main principles, tools and measures for a safer, efficient and more profitable plant and operations.

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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
  • chemical engineers working towards Chartered status 
  • those working towards the Professional Process Safety Engineer status

Course outline

  • risk reduction strategies
  • inherent safety principles
    • elimination
    • minimisation
    • substitution
    • moderation
    • segregation
    • simplification
  • inherent safety in project cycle  
  • an inherently safer design process
  • inherent safety benefits
  • inherent safety measurement
  • inherent safety regulatory compliance
  • green chemistry  


  • IChemE member: £950 + VAT
  • Non member: £1150 + VAT

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