Process Safety Leadership and Culture

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 7

Online | Face-to-face | In-company


This course is designed to help senior executives and board members explore their role in process safety management. 

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 will examine the real issues and decisions faced by boards and executive teams. You will explore how process safety management provides a fresh perspective, and examine the human factors and cultural elements of the workplace, before identifying critical issues and considering a bespoke action plan.

It will use facilitated discussions and interactive sessions to encourage you to consider your access to information, your understanding of key issues and your ability to make cogent and timely decisions that respond to the concerns of the public, the regulator, staff, contractors and investors.

During the course, you will be encouraged to create a personalised action plan to enhance your contribution to process safety in your business. Three months after the course, the course leader, Trish Kerin, will follow up with you to review your progress and answer any questions you may have. 

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

The course 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.

Course outline

  • Context of process safety
  • A director's responsibilities in process safety
  • Leadership in process safety
  • Functional elements of an organisation and how they relate to process safety
  • Personal action planning

What delegates say

"This was an extremely informative insight to process safety considerations, and will take this forward when delivering design."
L Page, Wessex Water, UK

"Very informative and engaging, despite being held remotely. [Trish is] clearly an expert in her field."
G Emerson, Wessex Water, UK

"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

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 8 May 2024

  • Module 1 – 8 May 2024, 14:00–17:00 BST
  • Module 2 – 9 May 2024, 14:00–17:00 BST

From 18 June 2024

  • Module 1 – 18 June 2024, 09:00–12:00 AWST/MYT / 11:00–14:00 AEST / 13:00–16:00 NZST
  • Module 2 – 19 June 2024, 09:00–12:00 AWST/MYT / 11:00–14:00 AEST / 13:00–16:00 NZST


  • 8 November 2024, Manchester, UK

Not available then?

Register your interest in alternative dates.


  • IChemE member – £750 + VAT / AU$1,075 + GST 
  • Non-member – £950 + VAT / AU$1,290 + GST

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 the whole course 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.

Back to courses