This is a competency driven, fundamental course covering the broad scope of process safety engineering. Other topics relevant to process safety are introduced, showing how process safety engineering fits into the broader context of risk management and process safety management, but the emphasis is on the technical content. While many of the examples are drawn from upstream and midstream oil and gas facilities, the principles are applicable across the hydrocarbon processing industries. The course is designed to accelerate the participants process safety learning curve.
Serious process safety incidents occur somewhere in the industry nearly every week, and few if any are new; essentially the same ways of going wrong are found repeatedly, in different operating contexts. One of the main objectives of PS-4 is to develop knowledge of the more common ways of going wrong, and one of the ways of doing that is discussion of major incidents, including some of those that have affected our regulatory environment. PS-4 graduates should be able to see their facilities and projects with a new perspective, a new sense of not only how things work, but also of how things fail.
Anyone who needs to work with process safety engineers; this would include facilities engineers, operations and maintenance supervisors, project engineers and managers, entry level process safety engineers, experienced professionals new to oil and gas, and anyone who needs a general understanding of the breadth of the process safety engineering discipline. Technical staff from insurance companies and regulatory agencies have found the course useful. Those requiring a less technical course may be interested in PS-2, Fundamentals of Process Safety; and risk-based process safety management is the subject of HS45.