20 Elements of Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) | AIChE

20 Elements of Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS)

This online course will introduce you to the CCPS Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) Management approach, described in the CCPS book Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety, 2007.  It covers the four pillars and twenty elements that define the structure for the RBPS approach.  The course will help you design, implement, and maintain a risk-based process safety management system that will fit your company’s needs and resources.

You will learn the definition and importance of RBPS and learn the four pillars of RBPS. Key principles and essential features for each of the twenty elements that make up the pillars will be discussed. 

The four pillars include:

   1.   Commit to process safety

   2.   Understand hazards and risk

   3.   Manage risk

   4.   Learn from experience

Subjects discussed include:

  • Process Safety Culture
  • Compliance with Standards
  • Process Safety Competency
  • Workforce Involvement
  • Stakeholder Outreach
  • Process Knowledge Management
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis
  • Operating Procedures
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Asset Integrity and Reliability
  • Contractor Management
  • Training and Performance Assurance
  • Management of Change
  • Operational Readiness
  • Conduct of Operations
  • Emergency Management
  • Incident Investigation
  • Measurement and Metrics
  • Auditing
  • Management Review and Continuous Improvement
  • Implementation and the Future

This course may be taken as part of the AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals (ACSP). More info

Learning Outcomes:

  • Value the importance of Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) and how it fits into business success

  • List the four pillars and 20 elements of RBPS and describe their interaction.

  • Describe a RBPS management system that supports the culture, needs, and resources of your company.

  • Apply the 20 elements of RBPS design to your workplace by utilizing the accepted methods and resources.

Who Should Attend:

Those involved in designing, implementing and maintaining a successful process safety management system in your company including:

  • Process safety specialists and process safety managers
  • Operations and plant managers
  • Engineers and supervisors

Lecture One: Introduction

Lecture Two: Overview of Risk Based Process Safety

Lecture Three: Process Safety Culture

Lecture Four: Compliance With Standards

Lecture Five: Process Safety Competency

Lecture Six: Workforce Involvement

Lecture Seven: Stakeholder Outreach

Lecture Eight: Process Knowledge Management

Lecture Nine: Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis

Lecture Ten: Operating Procedures

Lecture Eleven: Safe Work Practices

Lecture Twelve: Asset Integrity and Reliability

Lecture Thirteen: Contractor Management

Lecture Fourteen: Training and Performance Assurance

Lecture Fifteen: Management of Change

Lecture Sixteen: Operational Readiness

Lecture Seventeen: Conduct of Operations

Lecture Eighteen: Emergency Management

Lecture Nineteen: Incident Investigation

Lecture Twenty: Measurement and Metrics

Lecture Twenty-one: Auditing

Lecture Twenty-two: Management Review and Continuous Improvement

Lecture Twenty-three: Implementation and the Future

Final Exam: 25 Questions

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    CCPS - Center for Chemical Process Safety
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    18 hours
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    New Jersey
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