A hazard and operability study (HAZOP) is a structured and systematic examination of a planned or existing process or operation in order to identify and evaluate problems that may represent risks to personnel or equipment, or prevent efficient operation. A HAZOP review also generates an in depth understanding of the process for all participants, leading to a more robust and reliable plant.
A HAZOP review team usually consists of 6 – 10 persons. Depending on the scope and size of the review, it can take anything from 1 day to several weeks. Having a facilitator who is trained in facilitation not only significantly improves the quality of the outcome but will also shorten the duration of the review.
The objectives of the HAZOP Leaders’ course are to develop the skills necessary to organise and lead a HAZOP, develop an awareness of the factors that influence the performance of the HAZOP review team and to challenge existing practices or confirm the status quo at your facility.
Every course attendee will get the opportunity to lead, scribe and critique a workshop HAZOP. The course includes matieral and workshops which progress towards Unit Standard 27243 (HAZOP Leaders).
The HAZOP Leaders' course requires some experience with HAZOP to ensure students receive maximum benefits from the course. The HAZOP Leaders' course is based on the assumption students are proficient in HAZOP participation and are wishing to further upskill their HAZOP experience. Pre-requisites for the course include:
Either a relevant qualification such as US 19341 or participation in a similar IChemE approved course
Participation in a number of HAZOPs
To achieve the HAZOP Leaders' Unit Standard, the completion of a post course assignment and assessment is required. This includes:
Completing a questionnaire
Preparing for, conducting and reporting on a HAZOP of at least half day length and/ or 3 nodes in the workplace
An assessment fee of $150 excl. GST (This is not included in the basic course fee).
Introduction to facilitation/ recap of Participants material
Legal requirements and standards
Risk Management model
The HAZOP agenda
Cause, Consequence, Safeguards, Actions
The whole HAZOP process
HAZOP report critique
Equipment failure modes
Workshops on facilitation, continuous processes, procedures, and how HAZOP can fail
Course Duration: 2 days
Maximum number of attendees: 10
HAZOP studies are the process industry’s accepted standard for critically examining planned or existing processes and procedures and identifying associated hazards to people, the environment or the equipment. The aim of this course is to train the course participants to become effective and efficient HAZOP review facilitators.
The assessment for NZQA Unit Standard 19341 (HAZOP Participants) is included in this course. NZQA Unit Standard 27243 (HAZOP Leaders) can be achieved with a post course assignment and assessment at an additional fee of $150 (excl. GST) per person.