Process Risk Assessment

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 12

Online | In-company


Learn about risk assessment in the process industries and why it is key to protecting businesses against the potentially devastating impact of process safety incidents.

You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to identify, assess and communicate process risks from a safety, environmental or business perspective – from a simple qualitative approach to fully quantified assessments.

The course can contribute to satisfying the 'Risk Assessment' competence when applying to become a Professional Process Safety Engineer

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will understand how to apply the principles of: 

  • individual and societal risk 
  • risk tolerability
  • As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP)
  • the five-stage risk assessment process and when to apply the different types of process risk assessments
  • 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

  • Anyone involved in the risk assessment process
  • Plant/process operators including maintenance functions
  • Process safety engineers and loss prevention specialists

What delegates say

"It's good to have the content in advance. The videos are very good reference material."
A McFetridge, Ineos, UK

"It was good to use what I had learnt at university and work and gain a deeper understanding of lots of process risk assessment tools. All the handouts and pre-recorded videos were helpful. The group interaction was good and I found it interesting to see how people's perspective was different depending on their role."
K Johnston, Syngenta, UK

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 said

"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

Upcoming courses


Online courses consist of two live and interactive module 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 14 October 2024

  • Module 1 – 14 October 2024, 10:00–13:00 BST
  • Module 2 – 18 October 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.

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  • 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 the 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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