Standard

The IChemE competence and commitment standard for Professional Process Safety Engineers

Standard

Professional Process Safety Engineer registrants, in design, in operations or in other relevant fields, must be competent throughout their working life, by virtue of their education, training and experience, to: 

Guidance

Examples of activities which could demonstrate that you have achieved the Professional Process Safety Engineer criteria 

A: Ably apply knowledge and understanding of technical process safety to practical engineering situations and ably apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of process safety problems.

 

A1 Hazard identification

Able to identify hazards using recognised hazard identification techniques

 

Evidence could be drawn from personal experience of relevant techniques which, non exhaustively, could include HAZID, FMEA, and HAZOP...

A2 Assessment of consequences

Able to assess hazard consequences using recognised consequence modelling techniques.

 

Evidence could be drawn from personal experience of relevant techniques which, non-exhaustively, could include fire and explosion hazard analysis; flare calculation; occupied building analysis; and escape and evacuation... 

A3 Control of hazards

Able to assess and implement safeguards appropriate for the hazard being considered in an operations or design environment.

 

Evidence could be drawn from personal experience of controlling hazards which, non-exhaustively, could include: inherent safety in design and operations; control of ignition; safe handling of dangerous chemicals; active and passive fire protection; managing residual risk through safe operations; and human factors engineering...

A4 Risk assessment

Able to undertake risk assessment to determine whether safeguards are adequate to mitigate hazards.

 

Evidence could be drawn from personal experience of relevant topics which, non-exhaustively, could include QRA; SIL; LOPA; fault tree; event tree; human factor engineering; and management of change... 

B: Ably handle the wider implications of work as a process safety practitioner  

B1 Understanding and application of relevant Regulations

Able to demonstrate effective understanding and application of regulations appropriate to the industry and geographical area(s) in which the engineer practises.

                   

Evidence could be drawn from personal experience of relevant regulations which could, non-exhaustively, include: NORSOK; API; UK-HSE; ATEX; OSHA; DSEAR: and COSHH... 

B2 Protection of the public

Able to demonstrate understanding and application of process safety principles in reducing public risk. 

 

Evidence could be drawn from personal experience of relevant topics which, non-exhaustively, could include QRA for third-party risk and land use planning, and stakeholder communication...

B3 Incident investigation

Able to demonstrate understanding and experience of incident investigation and implementation of lessons learned. 

 

Evidence could be drawn from personal experience of relevant incident investigation which, non-exhaustively, could include: integration of lessons learned; root cause analysis; and occupied buildings analysis...

B4 Emergency planning

Able to demonstrate understanding and experience in defining emergency actions for hazards identified.

 

Evidence could be drawn from personal experience of relevant regulations topics which, non-exhaustively, could include integration of escape and evacuation risk analysis; TR integrity; and emergency evacuation procedures...

C: Ably provide effective process safety leadership and communication  

C1 Process safety management

Able to demonstrate understanding and personal experience of process safety management

 

Evidence could be drawn from personal experience of PSM leadership which, non-exhaustively, could include topics such as process safety KPIs; monitoring process safety performance and organisational factor; safety and environmental management system design, and auditing...

C2 Influencing process safety culture

Able to demonstrate direct influence of process safety culture during professional practice.

 

Evidence could be drawn from personal experience of influencing process safety culture(s); auditing; sharing lessons learned; training; development of safe working practices; and operating procedures... 

Evidence could be drawn from personal experience of commitment to high standards of conduct...
E: Ably demonstrate effective continuing professional development Evidence should include a report of CPD already undertaken with a description of benefits received as well as a gap analysis of future CPD intentions and plans to maintain personal awareness of current best practice in process safety...

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