Introduction to Process Safety


This course will benefit those who are not in a process safety line management position but whose activities influence the process safety performance of their organisation.

Event Type:
Workshops/Training Courses
Dec. 2-4, 2013
Dortmond Hotel
Dortmund , Germany

15 free places for chemical engineering final year undergraduates and postgraduates

IChemE member £600.00 + VAT
Non-member £700.00 + VAT

Recent and historical incidents have highlighted the importance of having a clear understanding of the principles of process safety management throughout an organisation. Introduction to Process Safety has been developed for those who do not expect to have direct line responsibility for process safety but whose activities influence the process safety performance of their organisation. This can include staff engaged in corporate, R&D, commercial, HR and IT activities.

Please note that the course will be delivered in English.

The intention is to create a broad understanding of the tools and problem solving techniques used in process safety. At the end of the course delegates should achieve the following key learning outcomes:

  • understand what process safety is and the human, environmental and business consequences of poor process safety
  • have applied a simple model for analysing process safety incidents
  • have a broad understanding of process safety hazards and risk
  • learn how process safety management is organised and what are the elements of a modern process safety management system
  • understand their role in promoting process safety

An end-of-course assessment will be included. Delegates who successfully complete the assessment will receive an IChemE certificate in the Introduction to Process Safety.

Who will benefit
anyone involved in a role which does not have direct line responsibility for process safety
anyone who would like to develop a broad understanding of process safety

Course outline

Day 1

  • Introduction, aims and objectives
  • Importance of process safety
  • A model for process safety incidents
  • Key hazards
  • Hazard identification & risk assessment techniques
  • Risk tolerability
  • Process safety in design
  • Asset integrity

Day 2

  • Day one review
  • Legal framework
  • Management systems & continuous improvement
  • Management of change
  • Monitoring and assurance
  • Human factors
  • Safety culture & leadership
  • Assessment
  • Course review

Course presenter

Gary Pilkington
Gary is a specialist in process safety management and loss prevention, with 30 years’ experience in a wide range of process industries, including chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and food industries.

He has extensive experience in developing, implementing and auditing process safety management programmes for major accident hazards installations; leading hazard analyses; and providing explosion protection and prevention solutions. He frequently contributes to technical committees and is currently affiliated with IChemE’s Safety & Loss Prevention Special Interest Group and the European Process Safety Centre (EPSC)

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