HazOp Training Coursefor Leaders

A 4-day practical HazOp (Hazard and Operability Study) Training Course designed to help you understand and follow a structured approach to evaluating hazards at various stages of a process design and build project. The training provides the fundamental knowledge to participate in and – with suitable experience – to facilitate Hazard Studies.

Where suitable experience can be demonstrated following the course, it is possible to attain =Method Competency Certification in Hazard Study. The course devotes a good deal of time to practical exercises specifically designed to support the learning objectives. In addition to the “technical” aspects of a Hazard Study, the course highlights the importance of managing “soft” and inter-personal aspects of Hazard Studies – which are key to an effective and efficient meeting.

Course Content

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:

  1. Review of the "soft" or inter-personal aspects of Hazard Study meetings, with a review of typical issues that arise (and which can significantly influence the effectiveness and efficiency of the Hazard Study).
  2. Relationship to and requirements of Functional Safety standards (such as IEC 61511), which often provide the framework within which the Hazard Studies are taking place and which depend on the study outputs.

Who should attend

Potential leaders or facilitators of hazard studies, HazOp scribes, HazOp team members and technical representatives.


This course assumes no-prior knowledge of Hazard Study techniques, but background knowledge of typical process industry applications will be useful. (Note, since Hazard Study meetings would typically be multi-disciplinary, the course is designed such that the learning objectives can be met without delegates having any particular prior knowledge).

The IChemE book “HazOp Guide to Best Practice” by Crawley and Tyler is recommended as pre-course reading material.

After this course you will be able to

What you will get

All delegates receive:

Course Options

Certification of Competence

Delegates can attain formal =Method certification of their competence in Hazard Study facilitation, by “Demonstrating Knowledge” whilst facilitating actual Hazard Studies following the completion of the course. How this can be achieved will be discussed with each delegate. One possibility is for a member of the =Method Process Safety team to attend (and perhaps acting as scribe for) the Hazard Study facilitated by the delegate so that they can mentor, coach and evaluate the candidate. The certification is valid for 5 years and can be renewed on submission of further “Demonstration of Knowledge”, demonstration of Continuing Professional Development and experience of Hazard Study Facilitation.

Course Enquiries

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

Approved Training Course by IChemE

Icheme Approved Training Course

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

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."

HazOp Course rating Course rating 91.3%.
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The Hazard Study for Leaders course qualifies as 32 CPD hours

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