Fundamentals of Process Safety


Who should attend?

  • To understand and describe the objectives of the elements of process safety management.
Public :
  • Engineers, technicians, involved in operating Oil & Gas field processing facilities or in designing Oil & Gas projects architecture.

Level : Foundation

Course Content


      • Concept of process safety. Historical approach. Main recognized standards.
      • Safe design principles. Introduction to inherently safer design.
      • Fundamentals of flammability and fluid behavior.

      • Process safety information: products, technology, equipment and human intervention.
      • Methodology for carrying out a HAZID.
      • HAZID exercise.
      • Introduction to HAZOP methodology. Node identification. Guidewords.
      • HAZOP exercise.
      • Major accident hazards. Introduction to bowtie diagram representation.
      • Consequence of loss of containment. Introduction to consequence analysis.
      • Principles of plant layout. Exercise.

      • Safe containment of hydrocarbons. Storage tanks and pressurized vessels.
      • Safe design and operation of thermal equipment.
      • Control of ignition sources. Electrical equipment regulations.
      • Control of hydrocarbon inventory. Pressure safety valves technology. Rupture disks.
      • Flares and vents. Emergency depressurization systems. Standards API 520 & API 521.
      • Introduction to safety instrumented systems: ESD, HIPS, Fire & Gas.
      • SIL level definition and requisitions.
      • Maintenance inspection and testing. Methodologies and planning. Introduction to reliability analysis.
      • Material failure modes.
      • Introduction to corrosion. Origin and prevention.

      • Process monitoring. Process control system elements.
      • Pre-startup safety review. Operational readiness.
      • Safe isolation of equipment.
      • Safe work practices. Permit to work system.
      • Management of change. Downgraded situation.
      • Human factors in process control. Human error in process plants.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • describe standards and participate in the deterministic methods of safety engineering in Oil & Gas processing,
  • explain the different elements of process safety management and to identify strategies for implementation,
  • explain the most relevant elements of asset integrity for the design of process plants,
  • establish operating procedures for a safe operation.

Ways & Means

  • Several applications and illustrations.
  • Several case studies and teamwork sessions.
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