The course is divided into 10 sections. By the conclusion of the course, each participant will:
Ø Understand what the HAZOP methodology is and how to participate effectively in HAZOP studies;
Ø Understand what the objectives of a HAZOP study;
Ø Know how and why HAZOP studies originated;
Ø Gain knowledge in hazard event identification;
Ø Know who should be present for HAZOP studies;
Ø Gain knowledge of the guide words used in HAZOP studies and how to use them;
Ø Understand how to layout a room for effective HAZOP studies;
Ø Understand when a HAZOP study should take place;
Ø Understand what information is required prior to conducting a HAZOP study;
Ø Understand the importance of the HAZOP leader;
Ø Gain knowledge in how to take adequate minutes during a study;
Ø Gain knowledge in other hazard study techniques (HAZOP being one form of a hazard study);
Ø Understand when to use the HAZOP technique for plant modifications;
Ø Gain knowledge in other uses of the HAZOP methodology (e.g. computer and batch HAZOP studies);
Ø Understand the implications of human error and the need for inclusion of discussion and assessment of human error in HAZOP studies;
Ø Gain knowledge in improving the effectiveness of HAZOP studies and why some studies are less-than-adequate;
A HAZOP process is a qualitative risk assessment where a significant contributor to the success of the study is having experienced and suitably trained personnel. To assess the learning of the basics of the HAZOP methodology as included in the formal course content, there are a number of syndicate exercises throughout the two days. Each course participant takes turns in these exercises as various HAZOP participant roles. Their use of the techniques and skills included in the training material is assessed by the course presenter. Formal checklists (or similar) are inappropriate as an assessment method for such courses.
The course presenter takes an active part in the syndicate exercises to correct any learning problems that are identified. Successful fulfilment of the course content by individuals through active and acceptable use of the relevant HAZOP skills in the syndicate exercises is rewarded with a course certificate at the conclusion of the course.
It should be noted that the Orica Engineering courses are only presented by Orica’s Senior Accredited Hazard Study Practitioners (highest level obtainable). Their accreditation is based on many years of experience leading hazard studies (e.g. HAZOP studies) and providing courses over the last thirty years to all areas of industry.