Process Hazard Analysis Leader Training

Safety in the design and operation of hazardous materials facilities has traditionally relied on the application of government and industry codes and regulations, and the experience and knowledge of industry experts. Serious accidents, such as Flixborough, Bhopal, Mexico City, and Piper Alpha, have shown that the traditional approach to process safety is not always sufficient.

The need to check designs for errors and omissions and to investigate potential safety problems of existing processes has been recognized for many years. In the past, this function was often performed by a single engineer, and the results varied according to the engineer’s knowledge, experience, and diligence. Several years ago, the industry recognized the advantages of a more organized, thorough, coordinated review, conducted by a small team of experts. This type of review evolved into what is now widely known as a Process Hazard Analysis (PHA).

The Process Hazard Analysis Leader Training course discusses several PHA techniques, including HAZOP, What If?, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), and fault tree analysis, with an emphasis on HAZOP studies. The course is intended to provide attendees with the information they need in order to plan a PHA, select members for the PHA team, lead PHA team meetings, record the meetings, prepare a PHA report, and follow up on recommendations made by the team. The instructor will use P&IDs of actual process equipment to illustrate the various PHA techniques. Each attendee will have the opportunity to practice being the process hazard analysis leader during class workshops.


Course Contents
  • Organizing a Process Hazard Analysis
  • HAZOP Methodology
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PreHA)
  • Recording Team Meetings
  • What If?
  • Writing a PHA Report
  • Tracking Recommended Actions
  • Conducting PHA Team Meetings
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Revalidating PHAs
  • Checklists