Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)


Comprehensive hazard identification is the cornerstone of effective risk management. This course covers practical methods for performing process hazard analyses (PHAs) of systems and procedures, using the hazard and operability (HAZOP) and what-if and checklist techniques. It teaches participants the methods used to identify hazard potential and their consequences when plant or equipment operates outside its design intent.


Who is this for?

Project Managers, Operation Managers, Process Engineers, Operators, HSE advisors and risk management practitioners.

Outline content

  • Process safety management & risk assessment
  • Using the risk ranking matrix
  • What-if and checklist technique, HAZOP technique
  • Differences between HAZOP, what-if and checklist
  • Analysis preparation, meetings, documentation & follow-up
  • Understand how the LOPA technique can assist in the determination of the suitability of safeguards
  • Common failings in PHAs, Human factors concepts
  • PHA for analysing procedures and batch processes
  • Roles & responsibilities of team and team members
  • PHA revalidation

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Select the most appropriate technique for the PHA
  2. Apply PHA techniques to identify hazards, clearly define the consequences and challenge the suitability of the safeguards
  3. Report and document the findings from the PHA

In-house training

F2F (2 days)

What prior study is recommended?

Education, skills or experience equivalent to undergraduate level.

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