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PROCESS SAFETY SKILLS


Process Safety is a critical issue for Major Accident Hazard industries. This programme aims to develop key process safety skills and competencies using real life examples and case studies. It runs as a Learning Community with 3 one-day workshops supported by online collaboration and testing.

Coming soon in 2020

 

COURSE OUTLINE

Process Safety remains a critical issue for Major Accident Hazard industries.  Uncontrolled releases of dangerous substances, potentially resulting in multiple fatalities, are an ever-present risk on major plants with large hazardous inventories.  The Piper Alpha, Texas City Refinery, Deepwater Horizon, Enchova South and Flixborough disasters are all tragic examples of this.  With an ageing asset base, changing competency levels, and a tough operating environment, ensuring sufficient barriers are in place to prevent major accidents is a challenge.


Key to delivering process safety performance is the competency and skills of the engineering and operations teams.  All disciplines need to work together to ensure that the appropriate barriers are in place and sufficiently robust for the specific system.  Without this multi-discipline input, it is difficult to ensure that risk has been reduced to a level considered ‘as low as reasonably practicable’ (ALARP). Over the last two years, a number of companies have suffered losses of containment, near misses, and operational incidents that have resulted in unsafe conditions being present on their installations.  One contributing factor has been differing levels of competency and understanding of process safety issues present on some assets.


The RCLD Process Safety Skills programme covers the key issues and runs as three 1-day workshops supported by an online Learning Community between sessions.  The learning community involves case studies, social media discussion and ends with a quiz on learning outcomes.  This blended learning approach allows delegates on the course to collaborate, discuss progress and develop their skills in Process Safety over the two-month period that the programme runs for.  We look forward to working with you.


 

COURSE STRUCTURE

 

WORKSHOP 1: FUNDAMENTALS

Welcome & Course Overview
Major Accident – Flixborough
Introduction to Process Safety
Hazard, Failure, Consequences
Process Safety Framework
Introduction to Legal Framework
Case Studies & Examples

WORKSHOP 2: HAZARD MANAGEMENT

Welcome & Overview
Major Accident – Piper Alpha
Fire & Explosion
‘Barriers’ & Risk Reduction
Relief & Blowdown + Group Exercise
HP/LP Interfaces
SIS, Active Fire Protection, Layout

WORKSHOP 3: RISK REDUCTION

Welcome & Overview
Major Accident – Buncefield
Group Exercise – Common Themes
Management of Change
Risk Assessment
Case Studies & Group Exercises

ONLINE LEARNING COMMUNITY

Further case studies and reading;
Quiz on Workshop material;
Online work with facilitators/delegates;
Tablet & Phone App;
Final test;
Certificate issued on completion.

 

LEARNING  OUTCOMES

BY THE END OF THE PROGRAMME, DELEGATES WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Describe the key concepts of hazard, failure event, and consequence;

  • Understand the underlying factors that led to the Flixborough, Piper Alpha and Buncefield disasters and the lessons for engineering teams making design and operational decisions;

  • Describe the role of process safety barriers in reducing the hazard, likelihood of failure, and consequences on major accident hazard facilities;

  • Use the Process Safety Framework to aid decisions on risk identification and reduction;

  • Describe the Hierarchy of Controls and be able to apply it in practical situations;

  • Understand their legal responsibility of reducing risk to a level considered ALARP and apply it in a practical way;

  • Understand the mechanisms of fire and explosions;

  • Describe the main components of relief and blowdown systems and the factors that affect their performance;

  • Describe the main functional requirements of safety instrumented systems;

  • Identify the performance requirements of emergency shutdown systems and the importance of fire & gas detection systems in reducing consequences;

  • Describe the fundamental concepts of the Management of Change (MoC) process;

  • Understand the main concepts in risk assessment;

  • Apply understanding of process safety framework to complete risk assessments.

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COLIN DEDDIS

CEng FIChemE
COURSE FACILITATOR

Colin is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IChemE. He has worked for the past 28 years in the oil and gas industry in a range of senior technical roles in operations, major projects and engineering functions globally.   He was previously a lecturer in Chemical Engineering Design at the University of Cambridge and is currently an Industrial Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde.

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DR NEILL RENTON

CEng FIChemE
COURSE LEADER

A Fellow of the IChemE, Neill has over 23 years’ experience as a Chemical Engineer in a range of operational, academic, and project roles in the oil & gas and downstream industries.  He has offshore experience in the UKCS, Norway, Gulf of Mexico and Brazil.  Prior to joining RCLD, Neill was Operations Director at Genesis and head of Chemical Engineering at the University of Aberdeen where he is still an Honorary Senior Lecturer.

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BRYAN FORD

COURSE FACILITATOR

Bryan has over 40 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas and Chemicals industries in a range of technical and operational roles.  He has spent over 20 years offshore in roles including Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) on several fixed and floating installations. His onshore roles have included Technical & Process Safety Manager.  Bryan was a member of Energy Institute STAC and contributes to a number of Oil & Gas UK committees.

 

WHO IS THE COURSE AIMED AT

The course is aimed at all engineering professionals in any discipline who have responsibilities for delivering Process Safety in practice.

HOW THE COURSE RUNS

  • Blended course delivery

  • 3 one-day workshops 

  • Workshops spaced 1 month apart

  • 8hrs LMS collaboration

  • Online learning community

  • Learning Outcomes tested

COST

The course cost is £2,150 (ex.VAT) per delegate. Payment can be made by credit/debit card or by Invoice via Eventbrite.

Price includes attendance at all three workshops, access to online learning community, course materials, refreshments, and lunch at workshops.

 

WORKSHOP DATES

AUTUMN PROGRAMME 2018

Workshop 1: 26th September

Workshop 2: 31st October

Workshop 3: 28th November

Delegates attend all three workshops.

IN-HOUSE OPTION

We also run this course for companies as an in-house training programme.  Contact course co-ordinator GillIan Wells for more information or a quotation.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Available when you book through Eventbrite.

 

GETTING HERE


The Silver Fin Building. Union Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6DF

Aberdeen Train Station is a ten minute walk for easy access from the rest of the UK.

20 Minutes from Aberdeen Airport.

Serviced by the 7, 7B, 7C, 18,18A,N7, The Bridges (1, 1A & 2 ) X6 and X7 bus routes. Bus stop is a 2 minute walk away.

Car parking is available in the Chapel Street Multi, a long stay pay and display car park 4 minutes walk away.