Method Process Safety

HazOp Training Coursefor Leaders

=Method's IChemE approved HazOp Leaders Course is a 4-day practical course which covers all stages of hazard studies and how to lead them. It is primarily intended for people who already have some experience of HazOp, and now want to go on to facilitate hazard study meetings.


Classroom Training

The Course is delivered over 4-days in public classroom sessions.


Live Online Training

The course is delivered at a client's premises as a closed course, and can be customized to suit your needs. Please contact us for more information.

Course Content

At =Method, we believe that hazard study leaders need to be proficient in the following three key areas:

Hazard Study Leader Topics

These areas are taught classroom sessions and group exercises. The course contents are as follows:

Area 1. The Hazard Study Process

The course is structured around the IChemE 6-stage approach to Hazard Study – with different study techniques being used as the process design project evolves from concept, through detailed design to final implementation. The 6 stages are:

Each of these studies is covered in turn, with each session building on the last as we work through group exercises carrying out hazard study for a new (fictional) process being introduced at “=Method Chemical Works”.

Area 2. People skills for meeting facilitation

Let’s not hide from this; effective HazOp facilitation is not easy! However, by gaining a better understanding of how people think and communicate, we can all become more effective in the way we influence and take part in meetings.

The sessions on people skills for meeting facilitation are based around a tool called “ PRISM PRISM is a neuroscience-based model for helping us to understand how people behave, and their preferred communication styles. ”. During the course, you will be invited to complete a brief online assessment, which is then interpreted within the context of HazOp facilitation. Each person’s natural communication style will have strengths and potential blind-spots when it comes to leading hazard studies. This course will help you to play to those strengths, whilst also understanding and allowing for the areas you’ll naturally find more difficult. It will also enable you to understand other people’s preferred communication styles and provide tools and techniques for effective HazOp meeting facilitation.

You can find more information about PRISM, and a sample PRISM map here

Area 3. Knowledge of process hazards and safeguards

Process hazards are, by their nature, industry specific. However, there are some hazards which are common to many different industries. During the course, we introduce:

It is also important that hazard study leaders understand the different control measures available for reducing risk. We therefore introduce:

Who should attend

This course is primarily intended for people who have already taken part in some HazOp studies, and now wish to transition into team leadership / facilitation. However, it is also suitable for HazOp team members who wish to gain an in-depth knowledge of hazard study and how it is carried out.

For those wanting a shorter introduction to hazard study, we also offer a 1-day Hazard Study for Team Members Training Course.

Meet the Facilitators

David Sparkes

David Sparkes

The main trainer for this course is David Sparkes. David is Technical Director of Method Process Safety Ltd. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, experienced HazOp and LOPA facilitator, a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is registered with the IChemE as a Professional Process Safety Engineer (PPSE).

Susie Guthrie

Susie Guthrie

Susie Guthrie leads our sessions on communication styles and HazOp meeting management. She is and is an expert in effective communication, team dynamics and organizational development.

Susie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Susie Guthrie

Lucy Glasgow

Lucy Glasgow teaches the module on human factors. She is an expert on human behaviour and human error. She brings insights from a career spent in air traffic control to helping people to understand the causes of human error within the process industries, and how to prevent it.

After this course you will be able to

*A period of mentoring is recommended for all new hazard study leaders. If required, =Method can provide a mentor to help new leaders get off to the best possible start – please contact us to discuss your needs.

What you will get

Course Options

Course Enquiries

If you have any further questions, please contact us and if you wish to proceed, check the course diary to check prices and reserve a place.


Hazard Study Training Course
Icheme Approved Training Course

IChemE Approved Training Course

=Method Hazard Study (HazOp) Leaders Course has been approved by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). IChemE Certificate

Comments from IChemE assessor:

"This looked like a very well thought out and put together course. There is a strong focus on learning through exercises and it looks like the exercises are well designed to be fully integrated in the learning rather than just an add on to break up slides

It gives a really good grounding on how to help a team produce a good risk assessment –I like the focus on inherent safety, how it fits into other risk assessment (eg..LOPA), human factors considerations, the links into external guidance and the regulatory framework, use of case studies, extensive use of group exercises to facilitate discussion and allow skill practice. Lots of really helpful pragmatic advice on scoring, and how to manage difficult team members. Also has good coverage of the softer skills involved in leading a team effectively.

I would be happy to recommend this to my colleagues as a really good grounding in how to be a HS leader."

Other Approved Courses: TUV Certified 61511 Functional Safety Training, HazOp Training Course for Team Members, Cyber Security Risk Management Training Course

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