Fundamentals of Process Safety

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 34

Online | Face-to-Face | In-company


This course will help you to develop your understanding of the key principles of process safety and its management. It will benefit anyone involved in the design, operation, modification or maintenance of major hazard or other process plant, who would like to develop or refresh their process safety knowledge across a broad range of topics. 

The course uses a mix of interactive exercises and workshops, case studies and theory to examine the functional areas key to managing process safety across an organisation, as defined by the IChemE Safety Centre’s (ISC) framework: leadership, knowledge and competence, engineering and design, systems and procedures, assurance, human factors, and culture.

There will be an assessment at the end of the course. Following successful completion, you will receive an IChemE pass certificate in the Fundamentals of Process Safety.

Course outline

  • 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

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

Who will benefit

  • Managers, supervisors, engineers, safety personnel, and 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.

Previous delegates said

"Aubrey was very knowledgeable and I appreciated that he took time to answer any questions fully. The pace of each session was conducted well and I enjoyed the mixed learning from slides, activities and videos."
J Kilker, BellBridge, UK

“I enjoyed the workshops and group exercises. It was good to learn about other industries and their challenges and what works and doesn't work.”
C Mahanga, Dyno Nobel, Australia

"Zsuzsanna was very engaging throughout and made sure that the group fully understood before we moved on from a subject."
A Lane, Wessex Water, UK

"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

"Having the [online] 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, UK

"I liked the fact that the course had an open book test at the end and it wasn't a test of just remembering meant that I wasn't constantly worrying about remembering facts, rather I could focus on the key topics and listen attentively during the training session."
M Sarwar, Yorkshire Water, UK


Our expert trainers have a broad range of process industry experience and have worked in many sectors including oil and gas, offshore, refining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food processing, utilities, gas distribution, energy, power generation and in some case with government regulators. Face-to-face courses are typically delivered by two trainers. 

Upcoming courses


Online courses consist of five live and interactive modules with the trainer on the dates indicated together with pre-recorded video content for independent study alongside the live sessions.

From 28 November 2023 

  • Module 1 – 28 November 2023, 09:30–12:30 AWST/MYT / 11:30–14:30 AEDT / 13:30–16:30 NZST
  • Module 2 – 1 December 2023, 09:30–12:30 AWST/MYT / 11:30–14:30 AEDT / 13:30–16:30 NZST
  • Module 3 – 5 December 2023, 09:30–12:30 AWST/MYT / 11:30–14:30 AEDT / 13:30–16:30 NZST
  • Module 4 – 8 December 2023, 09:30–12:30 AWST/MYT / 11:30–14:30 AEDT / 13:30–16:30 NZST
  • Module 5 – 12 December 2023, 09:30–12:30 AWST/MYT / 11:30–14:30 AEDT / 13:30–16:30 NZST

Live sessions are delivered via Microsoft Teams. If you don't already have this installed, you can join as a guest in order to access the training. 


  • 13–17 November 2023, Boksburg, South Africa
  • 13–17 November 2023, Manchester, UK
  • 20–24 November 2023, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 27 November–1 December 2023, Perth, Australia (rescheduled from 9–13 October)

Not available then?

Register your interest in alternative dates.


Course fees vary depending on delivery format and/or location. Select your preferred course date to see the relevant fees.

How to register

Select your preferred course from the list of upcoming start dates and go to the 'Book course' button at the bottom of this page.

More than one person to train?

Multi-place discounts

Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place. Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

  • 2 places – 10% discount
  • 3 places –15% discount
  • 4 or more places – 20% discount

In-company training

This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. This could be a cost-effective option if you have several people requiring the training. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements. Request a quotation.

Attendance certificate & CPD hours

An e-certificate will be issued at the end of the course to confirm attendance and CPD hours logged. Please note that you must attend the whole course and successfully complete the assessment to receive the certificate. 

In the case of online courses, 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.

Associated course

Human Factors in the Chemical and Process Industries, Module One: Managing Human Factors

Learn about the key human factors concepts within risk management.

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