10 Rules for HAZOP Study Meetings

  1. Always start on time; return from lunch breaks on time in order to finish on time.

  2. Don’t forget the TEN minute rule for any one issue.

  3. Define the Scope of the HAZOP and focus on that.

  4. Decide whether the team will leave line/vessel or Node if time exceeds the finish time or agree to finish a Node once started, even if it goes beyond the finish time.

  5. Only discuss ONE point at a time.

  6. The HAZOP is not a Design Review nor a Model review - that is the domain of project management not HAZOP.

  7. Contractual issues to be documented outside of the HAZOP Study Minutes.

  8. All data and information shall be current, accurate and available during the HAZOP Study.

  9. Key personnel to be identified as the Core Team and shall be present at all times during the HAZOP study.

  10. By end of the day, the HAZOP Study minutes will be agreed on by the team.

Food and Beverage HAZOP Training

It was interesting to share the HAZOP technique with all attendees over four days with respect to  the complexities of the batch processes, continuous processes and packaging lines.

Opportunities were noted at the shop floor and Corporate levels.

They were an interactive group of people questioning the status quo and wanting to challenge themselves in order to  improve the systems. A great 4 days. Thank you everyone.


2018 HAZOP Training in Auckland

HAZOP Training in Auckland New Zealand went well.

Attended by the 3 Ws  viz. Wiri Oil, WorleyParsons and Wesfarmers ! Looking forward to seeing more participation in October by the rest of the alphabet.

The venue provided a sweetener on February 14th. 


2017 Gallery

Activity based learning

HAZOP Training January 2017

Kalari has trained up several of their people in the Orica HAZOP skills in line with their vision of " emphasis on safety, compliance assurance, people and leadership, operational excellence, customer engagement and sustainability"


The Regulators at TSV have also received Orica HAZOP training in line with "targeting specific, identified safety problems to reduce incidents resulting in death and serious injury" 


Spectrum Automation has participated in the Orica HAZOP program as part of their personnel's on-going professional development.



HAZOP Training in Perth for OCTOBER - by request

This request came from a father who originally did the Orica HAZOP training course and now wants his son to do the same course. Wow second generation training request!

So the dates are :

October 17 and 18 for the Participant HAZOP Skills course and 

October 19 and 20 for the HAZOP Leader Skills course.

Contact me on hazop@myrnahepburn.com for a registration form.

HAZOP Training in Western Australia

In July 2016 we conducted a successful 4 days of HAZOP Training at the Kwinana site of CSBP in Western Australia. This was mostly attended by Wesfarmers personnell but they kindly allowed others to attend. There was a great interaction between those working on the site and those from other industries.

There was a good graduate attendance, as part of the cadet program, for the Participant HAZOP Skills course.

The HAZOP Leader Skills course was strongly attended by Engineering Managers, consultants, principal engineers and the like. We particularly enjoyed the role playing!