Process Safety Leadership and Culture

Date From: 16 May 2019
Location: United Kingdom
Description: This course is aimed at senior executives and board members, helping you to explore real issues and exercise due diligence in process safety.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: London, UK
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534496
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How can leaders influence a safety culture?

Establishing a safety culture begins at the top. It’s more than a box to be ticked. Senior leaders set the tone for their organisation and its process safety outcomes are a result of their engagement and focus.

This course is aimed at senior executives and board members, helping you to explore real issues and exercise due diligence in process safety.

Join other senior executives and board members to examine the real issues and decisions faced by boards and executive teams. You will explore how process safety management provides a fresh perspective, open up the human factors and cultural elements of the workplace, before identifying critical issues and helping you to consider a bespoke action plan.

This unique course combines facilitated discussions and interactive sessions which will enable participants to consider their access to information, their understanding of key issues and their ability to make cogent and timely decisions that respond to the concerns of the public, the regulator, staff, contractors and investors.

Why process safety leadership and culture is important

“Process safety is all about getting from A to B. It is up to leaders to decide where B is, and to inspire others to carry out the work that gets us there.”  Ken Rivers, chair of the COMAH Strategic Forum.

“Safety is as much people and culture as it is about technology.”  The Honourable Mr Justice Haddon-Cave.

Past delegate feedback

"A simple and clear explanation of some complex materials" - Group HSE Manager

"Useful summary of new HSE laws, obligation on directors and take-aways for action" - Non-Executive Director

"This is also very applicable to finance and commercial functions" - Finance Executive

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will better understand:

  • the business implications of process safety
  • due diligence as it applies to process safety
  • the role of leadership in promoting and sustaining good process safety management
  • the functional aspects of an organisation that require leadership to provide assurance that process safety risks are being correctly managed
  • how to develop personal action plans to enhance your contribution to process safety in your business

Who will benefit

Directors and senior executives in an organisation, typically those that have control and key decision making responsibilities. It is delivered at a level to be understood by all, from legal to finance to operations. Participants in the past have included oil and gas companies, mining companies, electricity generators, pulp and paper, rail and chemical processing.


  • IChemE member: £600 + VAT
  • IChemE non-member: £700 + VAT

Presenter IChemE Safety Centre

Trish Kerin, Director, IChemE Safety Centre

After graduating from RMIT University with honours in mechanical engineering, Trish spent several years working in design, project management, operational, safety and executive roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries.

Trish’s passion for process safety saw her take on several advisory committee roles. This includes representing the Plastics and Chemical Industries Association (PACIA) on drafting the 2007 OHS regulations for major hazards in Victoria – Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007. She has also represented the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on the Safe Work Australia temporary advisory group for drafting the major hazard facility model law. Trish has also represented PACIA to the WorkSafe Victoria Major Hazards Advisory Committee and been an invited speaker for various local and international conferences.

She currently sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and is a member of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center steering committee.

Trish is a Chartered Engineer, a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer and Fellow of IChemE. She also holds a diploma of OHS and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Recent awards include the Engineers Australia – John A Brodie Medal – for best paper at the Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress 2015 (incorporating Chemeca). The award recognises Trish’s peer reviewed paper on Process Safety Competency.

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