Process Safety Engineering - PS-4

Discipline: Gas Processing
Level: Foundation
Instructors who teach this course:
  • Mr. Jan Blum
  • Mr. Mark Bothamley
  • Mr. William Dokianos
  • Mr. Gerard Hageman
  • Mr. James Langer
  • Mr. Peter Williams


Related courses
Gas Conditioning and Processing - G-4
Relief and Flare Systems - PF-44
Fundamentals of Pump and Compressor Systems - ME-44
About the course Designed For You will learn Course Content
About the course
This course provides an overview of process safety engineering fundamentals for hydrocarbon processing facilities, with emphasis on the upstream oil and gas sector. The focus of this course is on the engineering/design aspects of Process Safety Management. Frequent reference will be made to historical incidents and recurring problem areas. Techniques for analyzing and mitigating process safety hazards applicable to oil and gas processing will also be reviewed. Integration of the concepts covered to achieve a measured approach to Process Safety Engineering is a key aim of this course as well. Exercises and group projects will be utilized to emphasize the key learning points.


"Instructor was great, very knowledgeable, good at explaining for all experience levels (course had 1 year - 30+ years of experienced engineers). Breaks and course structure were excellently timed; information was broken into manageable chunks. Keep up the good work!" - Graduate Facilities Engineer, United States


"This course will help me on inherently safer design on new facilities." - Operations Engineer, Facilities Team, Canada


"Good facilitation. Good real world examples. Good breadth of content." - Process Engineer, Australia
Designed For
Facilities, process, and design engineers, as well as new safety/loss prevention engineers who require an overview of Process Safety Engineering.
You will learn
  • Types of equipment and process systems that have historically been problematic in the Upstream and Midstream oil and gas industry
  • Basics of risk analysis
  • Thinking in terms of Inherently Safer Design
  • Most common process hazard analysis methods and where they are used
  • Layers of Protection concept - what the different layers are and how they are applied
  • Detection and mitigation methods for different types of hazards
Course Content
  • Historical incidents and problem areas
  • Risk analysis basics
  • Process hazards analysis techniques - overview
  • Layers of protection
  • Inherently safer design
  • Hazards associated with process fluids
  • Leakage and dispersion of hydrocarbon releases
  • Combustion behavior of hydrocarbons
  • Sources of ignition
  • Hazards associated with specific plant systems
  • Plant layout and equipment spacing
  • Pressure relief and disposal systems
  • Corrosion and materials selection
  • Process monitoring and control
  • Safety instrumented systems
  • Fire protection principles
  • Explosion protection