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Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Study Training

There is an increasing demand for the rigorous analysis of hazards in process plant, requiring competent personnel to participate and lead appropriate studies.

Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Study is only one of the many methods for identifying process and operational hazards, evaluating relevant safeguards and making recommendations for improving safety in design.

ERS provides training that will teach students to participate actively and meaningfully in studies aimed at safeguarding your company’s people and assets. Such studies are most effective when the participants have expertise both in the facilities under review, and the methodology for analysing them.

  • HAZOP Study (Participation) Training

The HAZOP Study (Participation) course is designed to assist attendees to understand the critical requirements of HAZOPs and develop techniques and skills to meet those requirements thus enabling attendees to contribute actively and meaningfully in studies aimed at safeguarding people, assets and the environment.

HAZOP Study (Participation) Training (brochure)

1 Day

At the end of the course, participants will gain a sufficient understanding of participation skills in order to take an active role including:

  • HAZOP Study process and objectives
  • Clear comprehension of roles, inputs and outputs
  • Selection and use of Guidewords
  • Records and close-out
  • Awareness of effective and ineffective studies

Who should attend?

Anyone accountable for the assessment and management of Risks and Hazards in industry.

The legal status of HAZOP studies has been highlighted by the outcome of criminal charges laid as a result of the explosion in the Longford Gas Plant (1998). The excerpt in the sidebar from the Engineers Australia magazine (1) summarises the current legal status of HAZOP studies, the Team Leader and the Team members.

Private courses can be tailored to make them more relevant to a company’s operations. Where a company has sufficient numbers for a private course, this is generally considered the most effective approach as it can be scheduled to suit the availability of personnel identified for training, reduces the amount of travel for company personnel and if requested, allows for tailoring of the course material to the needs of the company.



Please contact ERS at training@ers.com.au to request further content and scheduling information.


"With the Esso case, HAZOP has been examined in detail by a jury, and their verdict of guilty for charge 1 [failure to identify hazard of cold embrittlement] elevates the position of the methodology in Australian law. A jury has made a judgement on the expected performance level of a HAZOP study, which in turn implies an expected performance level of the HAZOP team members. Charge 1 essentially targeted the performance of company management. Consider the scenario that the HAZOP was done, but did not identify the hazard. In that situation, would individual team members be joined with the company management in alleged breaches of the Act [Occupational Health and Safety Act]?

HAZOP team members must now keep in mind that their performance may well be subject to inspection and judgement by a court. This applies not just to future HAZOPs, but also to past HAZOPs whose results have current affect."

(1) John O'Meara, "Implications from Longford Judgement", Engineers Australia, August 2001


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