Fundamentals of Process Safety

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 34*

Price IChemE member £1800 + VAT, non-member £2160 + VAT


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

Module 2

Friday 24 June 2022, 10:00-13:00 BST.

Module 3

Wednesday 29 June 2022, 10:00-13:00 BST.

Module 4

Tuesday 5 July 2022, 10:00-13:00 BST.

Module 5

Thursday 7 July 2022, 10:00-13:00 BST.

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

Alternative dates – from 16 March 2022, 09:00–13:00 AWST/MYT.

Not available then? Register your interest in future dates.


  • IChemE member: £1800 + VAT
  • Non-member: £2160 + 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.

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.

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Six Pillars of Process Safety

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Ken Patterson


Ken Patterson

Originally an industrial chemist with experience of both lab work and plant operation, Ken joined HSE in 1986 as a specialist inspector, dealing with process safety. He worked as a field inspector across the North of England and spent periods in HSE headquarters, in major hazards and operational research.  He moved to Hickson & Welch in 1994, after the company’s major accident, as their Health and Safety Manager. He recently retired from Synthomer plc, an international polymer group with 20 manufacturing sites from the UK to Vietnam, where he was Group Risk and SHE manager.

Ken was a member of the working group which wrote IChemE’s Fundamentals of Process Safety course and has taught the course a number of times. He chaired the working group which produced the revised third edition of the CIA’s Occupied Buildings guidance and is a member of the UK Chemical Weapons Convention Advisory Committee. In 2012 he was awarded the Franklin Medal by IChemE for his work in process safety.

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