Fundamentals of Technical Safety and Risk Management

5 working days from Monday to Friday

Delegates are therefore required to attend the entire duration of the programme so as to gain full appreciation of the topics. It will also equip participants such that they are able to confidently apply the knowledge and make value-adding contribution or decisions on projects.

Level - Intermediate

First Sessions Start April 2019


Course Details

Course Overview

Technical Safety comprises a set of discrete elements that are applied in the field of risk analysis and management to help identify, understand and evaluate risks, and to specify solutions necessary to reduce risks levels as low as reasonably practicable. These elements can be applied as standalone or collective tools or technique to achieve design or operational integrity and assurance.

The course aims to provide an understanding of vital Technical Safety Engineering principles in a structured and logical sequence that shows how the different elements of Technical Safety align and complement each other.

The course explains how, when and where each Technical Safety element can be applied, their limitations, and how they fit into the overall risk management process. It covers the full life cycle of an asset from project phase through operations and to decommissioning.

Practical examples and exercises are given to help participants grasp the concept governing each Technical Safety elements. The course elaborates how safety critical systems are derived from formal safety assessments, the development of performance standards for safety critical systems, and how this can best be aligned with an organisation’s design and operational integrity assurance goals.

 The final aspect of the course gives an insight into Safety Case development. It outlines and explains how the content of a Safety Case should be structured; drawing on examples from established formats, it describes the purpose, benefits, and current best practices. Furthermore, it details the requirements driving the use of this vital document in different geographical jurisdictions.

In line with its commitment of ensuring that training delegates get the very best value for their money, the Fundamentals of Technical Safety training course material was submitted for peer review to one of UK most respected professional institution for Process Safety Engineers. The comments from the peer reviewers have been incorporated into the course materials for further development.


Course Outline

The course content and outline are listed below followed by a description of each element and what to expect in the training:

  • Technical Safety Development
  • Elements of Technical Safety
    • Hazard Identification and Assessment
    • Risk Assessments (Qualitative,Semi-quantitative and Quantitative)
    • Emergency Response Assessment
    • Risk Acceptance Criteria
    • Risk Reduction Measures and Strategies
    • Asset Integrity & Assurance
    • Safety Case Development
  • Hazard Identification Techniques
    • Safety Review
    • Hazard Checklist
    • Structured What If Technique (SWIFT)
    • Failure Mode Effect and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)
    • Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP)
    • Hazard Identification (HAZID/HAZAN/HEMP)
  • Risk Assessments Techniques (Qualitative, Semi-quantitative and Quantitative)
    • Detailed Risk Assessment (including Bowtie Risk Assessment etc.)
    • Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA)
  • Safety System Design and Specification
  • Emergency Response Assessment
  • Risk Acceptance Criteria and Risk Comparison
  • Risk Reduction Selection and Strategies
    • ALARP Principle
    • Risk Reduction Principle
    • Hierarchy of Risk Reduction
    • Risk Reduction Barriers
  • Asset Integrity and Assurance
    • Safety Critical Elements (SCE) and Performance Standards (PS)
    • Reliability and Availability Assessments
    • Verification and Compliance
    • Safety Case Development and Documentation


Course Objectives & Outcomes


Understand the background to the development of Technical Safety Engineering and the different terminologies used or misconstrued with the discipline;


Gain a sound understanding of the different elements of Technical Safety and their application;


Understand technical safety inputs/requirements at each stage of a project lifecycle from concept, design through to operation, and decommissioning;


Appreciate the purpose and benefit of a Safety Case, knowledge of its compilation and structure to meet and satisfy regulatory and/or best practice requirements in different geographical locations.


Be able to advise on the type of formal safety assessment technique best suited at different stages of an installation life cycle, and actively contribute to and take part in such assessments;


Understand the principle of ALARP and other risk reduction approaches, how and when they can be applied;


Be able to identify safety critical elements, understand how performance standards are developed and used, how safety critical faults or failures are defined and should be recorded, and how the concept of SCE and Performance standards aligns with maintenance management system;


Who is this course for?


6 week classes

The training programme is an introductory course to Technical Safety and Safety Case Development. Each Technical Safety elements covered in the course content merits a dedicated training session to cover their entire scope thus only the fundamentals are covered.

Target Audience

12 week classes

Beneficiaries from this course would include:

  • Safety Managers and Supervisors;
  • Safety Inspectors
  • Technical and Process Safety Engineers;
  • Safety Consultants;
  • Discipline Engineers (Process,Mechanical, Civil, Instruments)
  • Project Managers and Project Engineers
  • Anyone looking to gain an appreciation for Technical Safety.

Target Industry

Online Self Paced

Delegates from the following industry have found the training immensely beneficial and currently actively use Bowtie methodology for risk management:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Chemical
  • Mining
  • Nuclear
  • Defence


What Our Students Say

The trainer exhibited expert knowledge of the subject matter

IESL delegate

Technical Safety and Safety Case Development Training, 2015

“The most positive aspect of this course was the practical use of the software to model our specific facilities situation”

Senior Safety & Loss Prevention Officer, Total E&P

(In-house BowTie Risk Management Training, Port Harcourt, 2017)

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