Process Safety Management


Who should attend?

  • This course provides the knowledge necessary to acquire a consistent approach to achieve an efficient development to effectively manage process safety in production facilities.
Public :
  • Engineers, technicians and staff, not familiar with the concepts of process safety, involved in operating Oil & Gas field processing facilities or in designing Oil & Gas projects architecture.

Level :Skilled

Prerequisite :
  • Provide evidence of a professional experience of at least 3 months related to HSE and/or Oil & Gas process industry.

Course Content


      • Concept of process safety. Historical approach.
      • Process safety roles and responsibilities.
      • Safe design principles. Introduction to inherently safer design.
      • Concept of loss of containment. Fundamentals of flammability and fluid behavior.
      • Major accident hazards. Introduction to bowtie diagram representation.

      • Identification and compliance with legislation and industry standards.
      • Best practices standards: OSHA, CCPS.
      • Relationship with other benchmarking standards: offshore safety case regulation, SEVESO III.
  • PROCESS SAFETY CULTURE - Duration : 0.5 Day

      • Safety leadership and commitment.
      • Safety culture.
      • Workforce involvement.
      • Stakeholders identification and communication.
  • PROCESS HAZARD ANALYSIS - Duration : 1.5 Days

      • Process safety information: products, technology, equipment and human intervention.
      • Hazards related to typical Oil & Gas process.
      • Methodology for carrying out a HAZID.
      • HAZID application.
      • Introduction to HAZOP methodology. Node identification. Guidewords.
      • HAZOP register matrix. Group management.
      • Introduction to What-if methodology.
      • HAZOP exercise.
      • Introduction to Failure Mode and Equipment Analysis (FMEA study).
      • Introduction to fault tree analysis.
      • Plant layout. Introduction to consequence analysis.
  • OPERATING PROCEDURES - Duration : 1.5 Days

      • Definition of operating phase steps and limits.
      • Process monitoring. Process control system elements.
      • Safe isolation of equipment.
      • Pre-startup safety review. Operational readiness.
      • Case study: Buncefield.
  • ASSET INTEGRITY - Duration : 2 Days

      • Safety critical equipment. Equipment deficiencies and quality assurance.
      • Definition and functions of safety systems.
      • Control of ignition sources. Electrical equipment regulations.
      • Control of hydrocarbon inventory. Flares and vents.
      • Introduction to safety instrumented systems.
      • Fire & gas detection systems.
      • Passive and active fire protection.
      • Maintenance procedures and training.
      • Introduction to corrosion.
      • Inspection and testing planning and execution.
  • ORGANIZATIONAL ELEMENTS - Duration : 1.5 Days

      • Safe work practices. Permit to work system.
      • Management of change.
      • Downgraded situations.
      • Emergency response planning. Escape, evacuation and rescue.
      • HSE management of contractors: evaluation and performance monitoring.
      • Workforce training. Training matrix development.
      • Human factors in process control. Alarm systems. Human error in process plants.
      • Case study: platform P-36.

      • Undesired events reporting and investigation. Analysis strategies.
      • Management system audit.
      • Process Safety Key Performance indicators. API RP 754.
      • IOGP Process safety reporting scope.
      • Management review.
      • Case study: Piper Alpha.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe standards and participate in the deterministic methods of safety engineering,
  • Explain the different elements of process safety management and identify strategies for implementation,
  • Identify and describe the safety critical elements in the production process, explain the most relevant features of asset integrity,
  • Define roles and responsibilities applicable to process safety management,
  • Establish process safety management objectives.

Ways & Means

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

Learning assessment

  • Continuous assessments all-along the program.


Coordinator :IFP Training trainer (permanent or contracted) having a good expertise and/or experience of the related topics, trained to adult teaching methods, and whose competencies are kept up-to-date.

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