Hazards 28
IChemE's leading process safety conference
Hazards 28


Optional, pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

Places are limited and available on a 'first come, first served' basis, with prior registration required via your conference registration form.

BakerRiskRisk Mitigation

Time: 10:00–13:00
Cost: £99 + VAT

This workshop will focus on optimising risk mitigation strategies to reduce risk from explosion, fire, and toxic hazards associated with operations at facilities that use or produce hazardous materials.

Quantitative risk assessments (QRAs) are commonly performed in industry to determine a facility’s risk for comparison with company and/or governmental risk tolerance criteria. There are many mitigation strategies that can be used when risk is high or even within the ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable) region. This workshop will investigate the results of a QRA and provide insight into how the results can be used as a platform for the development of an effective risk control and reduction programme.

Potential active and passive mitigation strategies will be explored for protecting both the workforce and the public, including detection and active response, process/instrumentation changes, risk-based building upgrades and toxic/fire shelter-in-place considerations. In addition, the workshop will examine the features and approaches used to develop effective emergency response plans. You will come away with an appreciation of how a holistic assessment of mitigation strategies can result in cost-effective management of risk.

IChemE Safety CentreProcess Safety for the 21st Century and Beyond

Time: 10:00–13:00
Cost: free of charge

What are the key challenges for process safety in the 21st century? How can we enhance process safety for a safer future and how can you contribute?

In 2017, the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center and the IChemE Safety Centre (ISC) released a joint paper, Process Safety for the 21st Century and Beyond, giving responses from industry, academia, regulatory and societal experts from around the globe on the key challenges to process safety and how to improve it in the future. They are now keen for your feedback on how the challenges and strategies identified in the document can be addressed at a working level. Come along and share your views.

Spend a little, save a lot (time and money)ABB

Time: 10:00–13:00
Cost: free of charge

In a world where the focus on safe and efficient operations is stronger than ever, a well-designed and well-operated alarm system is a necessity. The alarm system should focus the operators’ attention on the most important matters at hand. However, many alarm systems are not optimally configured. This often leads to a high number of nuisance and incorrectly prioritised alarms and an increased workload for the operator. When alarms do not draw attention to what should have been top priority, plant upset or worse can occur.

ABB has devised ways and methodologies to decrease the time taken for delivery of alarm rationalisation projects of between 30-40%, utilising its Alarm Rationalisation Tool (ART), and has successfully applied these techniques nationally and internationally.

The workshop will give examples and practical experience on the application of rulesets when applied to alarm rationalisation exercises and at the end of the session, a demonstration of the tool will be available for those interested.

Hazard Identification Techniques

IChemETime: 14:00–17:00
Cost: £99 + VAT

Effective process safety management requires a systematic and methodical approach to ensure all hazards are recognised, prioritised and managed. This workshop, a taster of IChemE’s two-day training course on the same subject, will explore some of the most important hazard identification techniques, their advantages and limitations and when to apply them. Topics include inherent safety, HAZID, HAZOP and FMECA.

The workshop will position these and other studies within the process plant life cycle and will explore the links to visual presentation using bow tie diagrams, to Layers of Protection Analysis and to techniques for ensuring that the plant’s basis of safety is maintained. Attendees will also receive copies of the IChemE Hazard Identification Techniques glossary, guide diagrams and checklists.


AKTTime: 14:00–17:00
Cost: £99 + VAT

What can we learn from the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi?

This workshop will look at the devastating impact of the earthquake and tsumani on the Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, exploring all the factors which contributed to its vulnerability.

Using theatre-based learning and development techniques, this highly interactive, experiential session will explore all the failures of emergency preparedness, safety leadership and culture, and regulation that led to the accident. The workshop will help you to examine how prepared you are to deal with the potential consequences of an unexpected event, and what you need to do differently to avoid it in the first place. Key themes covered include leadership, learning from history, disaster planning, culture and challenge.

Enhancing LOPA Assessment Using the Bowtie Method

CGE Risk Management SolutionsTime: 14:00–17:00
Cost: £99 + VAT

Bowties are a key component in the toolkit for high hazard industries. This workshop will highlight enhanced bowtie functionality beyond the conventional static illustration of predicted outcomes to show how barrier performance can be evaluated and validated based on planned and unplanned demand evidence and data. You will examine how to use the bowtie method for layer of protection analysis (LOPA), and how to take audit and incident data to validate frequency and probability data, and ensure that the required risk reduction continues to be achieved. Anyone who contributes to the evaluation, implementation, operation, maintenance and modification of risk controls at both management and technical levels will benefit.


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