9th GCPS Short Courses

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 8:00am-5:00pm CDT

To Register for a short course please select the course title on the 9th GCPS registration form or contact customer service for assistance at customer_service@aiche.org or call 1800-242-4363

S1: Risk Based Process Safety Management

Location: Grand Hyatt - Seguin A 

Price: $600

Instructor: Prabir Kumar Ghosh

Risk Based Process Safety Management is based on four pillars.

Risk is: What can go wrong? What are the impacts? How likely it is?

The course will expose participants with the four pillars of Risk Based Process Safety Management System as outlined in CCPS publication.

The elements of the each pillar of the Risk Based Process Safety Management systems will be explained in detail which will help participants in designing, developing & installing, such a system.

The objective of the course is to equip the participants to find effective ways to improve their existing process safety management system to become more effective and operate process safely based on Risk Based Process Safety Management system of CCPS.   

The scope of the course is to introduce in a simplified manner the work breakdown structure of all the twenty elements comprising four pillars of Risk Based Process Safety Management system starting with description of the element, the key principles, essential features, work activity and implementation options. 

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S2: Human Factors

Location: Grand Hyatt - Crockett C

Price: $500

Instrustor(s): Dr. Ginette Collazo-Ramos and/or William G. Bridges 

Human error is widely acknowledged as the major cause of quality, production, and safety risks in many industries. This course explains the underlying reasons why humans make mistakes and how you can prevent these mistakes. Although it is unlikely that human error will ever be completely prevented, there is growing recognition that many human performance problems stem from a failure within organizations to develop an effective policy for managing human reliability.

The course will provide hands-on experience of practical error reduction techniques, using real-life case studies. You will also gain an understanding of the underlying causes of human error and how to reduce its occurrence by changing the culture of the organization and changing the design of the processes.  Workshops are used throughout the course to illustrate concepts and to demonstrate human error analysis applications. 

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S3: Introduction to Human Reliability 

Location: Grand Hyatt - Crockett A

Price: $500

Instrucotor: Salvador Ávila Filho 


  • Process losses and cognitive traps 
  • Concepts and models about multidisciplinary failure


  • Perception, Attention, Memory
  • Social Culture conflicts
  • Models to Decision: Holnagel and Ávila
  • Derivative Human Error: Latent events interpretation and classification


  • Discussing IHM, process and Equipment requirements to regional behavior differences
  • New knowledge, optimizing skills, dynamic human diagnosis to avoid human error
  • Task planning to avoid human error: procedure elaboration, memory and processing
  • Tools, commitment, complexity, emergency and routine communication, and risk
  • Database to human reliability: from deviation to top event


  • Social conflicts possibilities been analyzed – PHA/PRA SH
  • Cognitive processing operability analyses – Social HAZOP

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S4: Determining and Using Risk Tolerance Criteria for Process Safety Applications 

Location: Grand Hyatt - Crockett B

Price: $500

Instructor: Dr. Paul Baybutt 

Process safety decisions must be made with reference to risk tolerance criteria, either explicit or implicit. Increasingly, risk analysis methods and codes, standards and regulations around the world are moving towards the use of numerical criteria, for example, with the use of Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) and standards for safety instrumented systems such as IEC 61511 / ISA 84. Various issues must be addressed if such criteria are to be set correctly and used meaningfully. This training course covers various issues that must be addressed in setting risk tolerance criteria and the many pitfalls that can be encountered in using them. Participants are taught a procedure to use in setting criteria for their process safety studies.

Be able to determine and use numerical risk tolerance criteria for use with risk analysis methods such as Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) and to comply with standards such as IEC 61511 and ISA 84 for safety instrumented systems.

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S5: MOC Best Practices 

Location: Grand Hyatt - Seguin B
Price: $500
Instructor: Rainer Hoff 
  • Introduction to MOC
  • Elements of Best Practice
  • Plant Structure Representation
  • Action Item Management
  • Lifecycles
MOC Lifecycles
  • Initiation
  • Scoping
  • Change Design
  • Impact Analysis
  • Approvals
  • Implementation
  • PSSR
  • Close-out
Additional MOC Topics
  • Documentation Updates
  • Temporary MOCs
  • Emergency MOCs
  • Short-form MOCs
  • Records Management
Electronic MOC Systems
  • eMOC Technology Options
  • MOC Process Redesign
  • eMOC Implementation
  • eMOC Business Case
  • Data Migration to Electronic Systems

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