Process Risk Assessment

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 11.5

Price IChemE member £480 + VAT, non-member £576 + VAT


Live online course – starts on 25 May 2021.

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

Tuesday 25 May 2021, 10:00–13:00 BST.

Module 2

Thursday 27 May 2021, 10:00–13:00 BST.

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

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


  • IChemE member: £480 + VAT
  • Non-member: £576 + 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.

Helen Fennell


Helen Fennell

Helen Fennell graduated in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University in 1997. Since then she has had roles across Operations, Design, Commissioning and Process safety, including senior technical authority roles in Process Safety Management. She has worked across diverse industries including utility systems, onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities, reforming, high hazard installations, cryogenics and novel processes.

Helen has a proven track record of delivering engineering solutions to ensure risks on both greenfield and brownfield projects are ALARP against a backdrop of aggressive schedules and regulatory compliance criteria. Project values range from US$20 Billion down to small discrete studies for operating facilities.

In 2014, Helen set up Inherent Safety Consulting Limited to provide specialist process safety services including process safety studies and hazard review chairmanship. She is an experienced hazard review chairman with over 80 hazard reviews chaired, including What-If, HAZID/ENVID, HAZOP, SIL, LOPA, ALARP, SIMOPS and WEHRA.

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