Hazop Study Management

Category: Hazop Study Management

Course Description

HAZOP (Hazard and Operability) study is one of the most widely used hazard identification methods in the world and is utilized across many different industries. Countless potential risks and problems can be identified by using the systematic and structured approach of HAZOP.

A successful HAZOP study is only possible if the study is led effectively. Without good leadership, studies ‘drift’ and become, at best, design reviews; or, at worst, contractual arguments. This course will provide participants with an understanding of the HAZOP methodology and why it works, as well as key skills to take on the role of a HAZOP Team Leader. 

Participants will learn how to function as a HAZOP study Leader including: preparing and selecting a team, choosing nodes, estimating timescales for completion, avoiding common problems, and formulating reports.

Course Methodology

Case study examples will be used for exercises to ensure that the participants can focus on understanding the requirements for HAZOP leadership. All participants will be given the opportunity to fulfil the roles of Leader and Scribe during workshops and to practice guiding a team through the HAZOP process. A proprietary HAZOP software package will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to ‘set up’ a study using this software.

 This course heavily utilizes an in depth practical exercise in which participants will recreate a HAZOP study from the preparation stage through to making organizational recommendations.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Prepare for a successful HAZOP study that clearly identifies scope and timeframes
  • Select and motivate the HAZOP team to complete the study on time and with results
  • Guide productive HAZOP study meetings to reach positive outcomes
  • Identify and solve problems that arise during HAZOP studies
  • Create effective and user-friendly HAZOP study reports
  • Analyze HAZOP study results and make organizational improvement recommendations

Target Audience

This course is suitable for personnel who are required to lead HAZOP studies in any industry. Participants must have experience as a team member and understand the HAZOP methodology (the methodology will be reviewed from the leader’s perspective)

Target Competencies

  • Developing the HAZOP Study
  • Leading the HAZOP Study
  • Report Writing
  • Team Management

Course Outline

  • The role of HAZOP in risk assessment
  • What happens when it goes wrong?
  • Historical perspective
    • The origins and development of HAZOP
  • HAZOP terminology
  • The benefits arising from the application of HAZOP
  • The drawbacks of not employing HAZOP
  • The requirements of a ‘safe’ plant, and how HAZOP helps to ensure that these are in place
  • The HAZOP definition and its understanding
  • What are hazards?
  • What are operability problems?
  • HAZOP preparation
  • Defining the scope of the study
  • The information required
  • Part (Node) definition
    • Continuous processes
    • Batch processes
    • Procedural studies
  • HAZOP timeframe
  • Team definition and requirements
  • Starting the HAZOP team discussion
  •  A continuous and guided HAZOP study workshop
  • Preparing the study
  • Taking the lead
  • Identifying the components
  • Formulating the team
  • Motivating the team
  • Identifying common mistakes
  • What needs to be changed
  • Improvement methods
  • Preparing HAZOP reports
  • Implementing recommendations