Safety in Maintenance & Construction Works


Who should attend?

  • This course provides expert knowledge of risks related to construction and maintenance works and insight on how to promote safety practice and ensure safer work conditions and behavior.
Public :
  • Maintenance, operational and SHE staff who handle work permits and monitor contractors on operating plants.
  • It is also suited for contractors staff in charge of maintenance and construction works.

Level :Knowledge

Prerequisite :
  • Provide evidence of a professional experience of at least 3 months within Safety, Operation, Maintenance, or Engineering department belonging to process industry.

Course Content


      • Hazard, risk, accident: definitions and differences.
      • Occupational hazards: related to products, operation and equipment, workplace, and human behavior.
      • Identification and classification of hazards during execution of maintenance and construction works.

      • Product-related hazards in refineries, petrochemical and chemical plants: main properties (flammable, explosive, toxic, noxious, corrosive, asphyxiating, harmful for the environment), CMR specific case.
      • Toxicology: threshold limit values.
      • Flammability: explosive atmosphere (combustible products: gaseous, liquid and solid); oxidizers; ignition sources (flames, self-ignition temperature, sparks and static electricity, etc.).
      • Preventive measures and precautions: during normal conditions, before and during hot works, in the event of leaks.

      • Decommissioning: risks related to equipment opening and line breaking, isolation procedure, blinding and spading work. Lockout tag-out procedure.
      • Material transportation equipment, manual and mechanical handling.
      • Lifting: recommendations regarding lifting equipment, worksite organization, and team composition.
      • Work in confined spaces: vessel opening, ventilation, gas testing, entry permit, risk variation during work execution.
      • Work at height: rules for installing and using scaffolding, MEWP (Mobile Elevating Work Platform), and harnesses.
      • Hot works: welding, cutting and heating, grinding.
      • High pressure cleaning: use of cleanup tank trucks. Specific risks linked to vacuum pumping.
      • Miscellaneous works: excavation works, abrasive blasting, painting.
      • Hazardous radiation: working with radioactive sources, X-ray work, specific risks.
      • Risks related to electrical work and devices.
      • Specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), recommended for each kind of works.

      • Safety procedures: work permit types and validity; purposes, application, job safety analysis, precautions, constraints; commitment and responsibility of contractors, maintenance.
      • SHE and issuing operation department; permit endorsement.
      • Planning and monitoring safety of contracted works on site: coordination with contractors, co-activity and interface management; preparation of prevention plan and risk assessment.
      • Hazards resulting from unsafe acts and/or unsafe conditions: sources of hazards, task/risk analysis, managing contractors and subcontractors.
      • Management Of Change (MOC).

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand safety rules and best practices, for different kinds of work,
  • learn about collective protection measures and personal protective equipment required at work,
  • be aware of the specific responsibilities of contractors and owners,
  • improve individual behavior and obtain greater commitment from contractors' personnel for safer operations.

Ways & Means

  • Detailed case studies based on actual accidents or incidents.
  • Sharing of experiences among participants.
To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding.
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