Introduction to Process Safety for Upstream Oil & Gas


The purpose of this course is to introduce engineers and other professionals to the basic principles of risk-based process safety management. Through text, brief videos and games, students will learn how these principles can be applied to the upstream oil and gas industry to reduce risk and prevent injuries & environmental incidents. 

Extensive links to technical papers, books, videos, courses and other learning resources are included. 

The course is designed for a broad audience—including:

  • Facility engineers
  • Production engineers
  • Drilling engineers
  • HSE Professionals
  • Operations & maintenance supervisors and managers
  • Commercial/business leaders
  • Professionals in support functions (e.g. law, finance, public affairs, HR)
  • Stakeholders interested in E&P operations

Duration: 1 to 2 hours (self paced)

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, participants will:

  • Understand the definition of “process safety” and Process Safety Management (PSM)
  • Understand the difference between Personal (Occupational) Safety and Process Safety
  • Appreciate the history and evolution of process safety management in the E&P industry
  • Use key terms and concepts to articulate Process Safety needs in their own organizations
  • Be able to explain why Risk-Based Process Safety (RBPS) is the best approach
  • Know the 20 Elements of Risk-Based Process Safety Management program
  • Know how to find additional information and learning opportunities


  • Defining Process Safety
  • History of PSM in Upstream Oil & Gas
  • Evolving Approaches to Process Safety
  • Key Concepts in Process Safety
  • The Elements of Risk-Based Process Safety

0.2 CEUs and 2 PDHs offered.

Members: USD 115.00

Non-Members: USD 150.00


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Certificate CEU
0.20 CEU/2 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
0.20 CEU/2 PDH credits  |  Certificate available SPE Certification and PE Exam Review