Process Hazard Analysis (PHA): Overview

Our Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) courses explain the systematic approach to the assessment of hazards of an industrial operation or process using standardized techniques of HAZOP, Checklist, and What-if designed to identify causes and prevent fire, explosion and toxic releases. Courses are offered at 3 levels:

  • Introductory Level
  • Core Competency
  • Advanced

Here we illustrate a typical course at the Core Competency level. The illustrated course covers a number of Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) methods, although more in-depth courses are available on each method. Sample course:
Tools, methodologies and practical applications

Who Should Attend

This course will benefit anyone who participates in process hazard analysis sessions, who needs to request such studies or wishes to work with study output. This may include EH&S, process design and operations personnel including plant management, technical staff, supervisors and maintenance personnel. It is especially relevant to those who work in the chemical & processing industries, including bulk and finished pharmaceuticals, bulk and fine chemicals, food, plastics, metals, textiles, paper, lumber, agrochemicals, dyes and paints.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will better understand the main Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) techniques available including What-if, HAZOP, FMEA, Fault-Tree and Logic-Tree; will understand the advantages and limitations of each; and will understand the typical outcomes that can be expected. A workshop will illustrate how PHA techniques work in practice and are used to make process manufacturing plants safer.

Course Outline

Introduction to Process Hazards Analysis (PHA)

  • Definitions
  • Applicability
  • Process Safety Information used in Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)

Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) Techniques

  • What-if
  • FMEA
  • Fault-Tree
  • Logic Tree
  • Selection of a Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) technique

Class Workshop Discussion Session

Course Description

The course will provide an understanding of Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) tools and methodologies that a Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) facilitator or team member would require depending on factors such as status of the process, complexity of the process, availability of site experience, and the frequency and severity of potential failure modes and consequences. The course explains the purpose, methods and outcomes that can be expected from the main Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) techniques including What-if, HAZOP, FMEA, Fault-Tree and Logic-Tree and encourages understanding through a number of class workshops and discussions. In-depth courses are also available on each of the techniques covered in this Overview course. Why Work With Stonehouse Process Safety
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