Process and Safety > Advanced Process Safety Engineering – Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

Managing process hazards in the hydrocarbon and chemical processing industries is a critical function that requires relevant knowledge and skills due to the risks involved. The Advanced Process Safety Engineering Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course will discuss the interrelation of the various techniques of process safety for analysing, with a particular emphasis on engineering design aspects, as well as how to manage process hazards in a safe and effective way and how they can potentially be avoided.

In this 5 half-day advanced level VILT course, the expert course leader will provide participants with insights and examples from his career and experience to show how their learning should be applied in real-life situations. Feedback and questioning is highly encouraged. Reference material and reports can be provided to give more information on any particular topic of interest. Individual and group exercises, tutored exercises and video case studies will be provided throughout the VILT course to underpin the key learning points.

Upon completion of this VILT course, participants will acquire in-depth knowledge of:

  • Risk management and ‘As Low as Reasonably Practicable’ (ALARP) principles.
  • Different aspects of process design that influence process safety.
  • Approach to ‘inherently safer’ design.
  • Defence in depth using ‘layers of protection’.
  • Process for ensuring the technical integrity of safety-critical equipment.
  • Hazards associated with process materials.
  • Range of hazard identification and consequence modelling techniques.
  • Causes and mitigation of human error.
  • Reliability and availability of safety-critical protection equipment.
  • Role of engineered safety-critical equipment and systems.

The VILT course is suitable for industry professionals who need to acquire a comprehensive understanding of process safety. This includes those who are required to make managerial decisions where process safety is a key consideration, those who are moving into process safety positions or those who wish to broaden their process safety knowledge within their existing discipline.

It is particularly suited for anyone involved in the design, operation, modification or maintenance of a major hazard installation, and will demonstrate a substantial understanding of process safety for those engaged in Continuous Professional Development or aiming for Chartered Engineer status.

This VILT course will benefit professionals such as:

  • Operations and maintenance supervisors
  • Process, mechanical and chemical engineers and technicians
  • Design engineers, project engineers and HSE managers
  • Control, automation and instrumentation engineers


This VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 15 minutes per day.

Course Duration: 5 half-day sessions, 4 hours per session (20 hours in total).

Your expert course leader has 50 years’ experience in chemical and process safety engineering. His early career included 20 years in design and project engineering with various fine chemical and pharmaceutical companies where he designed chemical processes, specified plant equipment and selected materials for highly corrosive and toxic processes, often where textbook data was not available. This was followed by 10 years in offshore oil and gas design projects where he was responsible for setting up a Technical Safety group to change design safety practices in the aftermath of the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster. In recent years, he has been called upon to conduct various offshore and onshore incident investigations.

His career has given him experience in project engineering, project management, process design and operations, safety engineering and risk management. He is a Fellow of the UK Institution of Chemical Engineers. He served on the Scottish Branch committee, and was elected chairman for a two-year term in 1991. He has also been chairman of the Safety and Reliability Society – North of Scotland Branch.

He has delivered training courses in Process Hazard Analysis (HAZOP and HAZID), Process Safety Management, Hazard Awareness, Risk Assessment, Root Cause Analysis, Failure Modes & Effect Analysis and has lectured on Reliability Analysis to the M.Sc. course in Process Safety and Loss Prevention at Sheffield University. In addition to delivering training courses, he currently facilitates HAZOP / HAZID / LOPA studies and undertakes expert witness roles advising lawyers engaged in contractual disputes, usually involving the design or construction of chemical plants or Oil & Gas production facilities, or criminal prosecutions.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
Request for further information about post training coaching support and fees applicable for this.