Hazards of Steam

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 2*

Price £149 + VAT


Steam is one of the most ubiquitous industrial materials used today but it can be a major hazard if it is used with insufficient knowledge of its limitations and dangers.

This course will help you to understand about the properties and hazards of steam and steam condensate and how those hazards can impact people, the environment and assets. It will cover topics such as thermal expansion, stress in equipment, water from steam and in steam lines, and purging with steam. Past incidents involving steam will be examined, so participants can increase their knowledge and apply the lessons learned in their day-to-day roles. There will also be a focus on the variety of equipment where steam is found, as well as dealing with pressure upsets and start-ups and shutdowns, where hazards may be at a greater level.

Course outline

Module 1

  • Properties of steam
  • Steam hazards – harm to people, the environment and assets
  • Hazards from condensing steam
  • Thermal expansion
  • FAQs

Module 2

  • Stress in equipment
  • Water from steam and in steam lines
  • Purging with steam
  • Other hazards of steam
  • FAQs

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will understand:

  • the properties of steam and steam condensate
  • the hazards of steam and steam condensate
  • the ways in which the hazards of steam can lead to harm to people, the environment and assets

Who will benefit

Front-line operators, maintenance crews, engineers, regulators and managers. 

What's included in the series

  • Two 60-minute sessions
  • Two digital recordings for your personal use
  • Digital copies of all slides and supporting materials (PDF) for your personal use
  • E-certificate of attendance, including hours allocation, for CPD purposes

Multiple-user fee

This option allows you to purchase the course for up to 10 individual users at a significantly reduced price of £819 + VAT. Find out more>>

Train your team

This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements. To find out more and request a quotation, visit our in-company training page.

* 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.

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Paul Denham


Paul Denham

CEng, MIChemE

Paul is a Chartered Chemical Engineer who has worked in a range of sectors for over 20 years. These include heavy chemicals, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals & onshore and offshore oil and gas. He has worked for and with a number of major companies (ICI, Albright & Wilson, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, INEOS, Wood Group PSN, Shell, BP and Talisman) and in a number of plant operations, design, and commissioning and plant support roles. 

Since 2002, Paul has led a number of major compliance projects including preparing top-tier COMAH report for a full site, and preparing IPPC application for a full site. Paul has worked in full time process safety roles since 2006 and supported a number of petrochemical assets and in this role, he led safety reviews, incident investigations and remediation projects on a number of flare disposal systems. 

Paul currently works in the oil and gas industry providing technical safety engineering services as a director of GMS Technical Safety. He also has a B(Eng) (Hons) in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and a MSc(Eng) in Process Safety & Loss Prevention from the University of Sheffield and a PG(Cert) in Nuclear Safety from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN).

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