Hazard Identification Techniques

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 12

Online | In-company


This course explores a range of hazard identification techniques that can be used to prevent and protect against the effects of process safety incidents.

Hazard identification requires a systematic and methodical approach to ensure all process safety risks are recognised, prioritised and managed. This course will show you how to select appropriate techniques for different situations, scenarios and stages in the project lifecycle.

The course uses a variety of learning methods, including workshops, practical exercises, case studies and video. It can contribute to satisfying the 'Hazard Identification' competence when applying to become a Professional Process Safety Engineer

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will understand: 

  • the principles of key hazard identification techniques such as inherent safety study, HAZID, HAZOP and FMECA
  • how to select appropriate techniques for different situations, scenarios and stages in the project lifecycle
  • the advantages and limitations of each technique 
  • when and how to use risk assessment as part of hazard identification including LOPA.

Who will benefit

  • Anyone responsible for the design, commissioning, decommissioning, construction, installation and modification of plant
  • Plant/process operators
  • Process safety engineers
  • Loss prevention specialists  

Course outline

  • Hazard identification through the process lifecycle
  • Inherent safety study
  • Concept and preliminary Hazard Analysis (HAZID)
  • The HAZOP technique (continuous, batch and procedural)
  • Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)
  • Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)

What delegates say

"The way it was facilitated was outstanding."
E Salazar, Viva Energy, Australia

"The course gave a good overview of various hazard identification techniques, reinforcing knowledge I already had and introducing me to new topics. Helen presented the course really well, her experience in industry was really useful when explaining the advantages and limitations of the various techniques she discussed."
F Lamb, AWE, UK

"The pre-recorded sessions and materials before the live sessions allowed me to gain an initial understanding and better follow the live sessions, and allowed more time for examples and questions."
J Pierce, Pfizer, UK

"Concise, well-structured and easy to follow. The case studies provided emphasised the importance of hazard identification techniques and explained the scenarios where they are best employed."
J Oliver, Chemical Engineer

Upcoming courses


Online courses consist of two live and interactive modules with the trainer. There will also be some work to complete independently before the course and between the live sessions. More details will be provided after you have registered.

From 15 July 2024 * this course is full – register your interest in future dates *

  • Module 1 – 15 July 2024, 10:00–13:00 BST
  • Module 2 – 17 July 2024, 10:00–13:00 BST

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.


No scheduled dates.

Not available then?

Register your interest in alternative dates.


  • IChemE member – £800 + VAT  
  • Non-member – £1,000 + VAT 

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 all modules to receive the certificate.

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

Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)

Learn about the LOPA methodology and how to apply it.

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