Contact MERC Training Center
Join MERC Training Center on FacebookTwitter with MERC Training CenterConnect with MERC Training Center on LinkedIn

Oil & Gas Operational Safety

Locations & Dates:

Date: 17 - 21 Sep 2017
Ref: S7027
Location: Jordan (Amman)
Fees: 2500 

MERC Training Center reserves the right to alter dates, content, venue and trainer with a reasonable notice time.
One extra free place for every 2 paid nominees


The importance of effective health and safety training in the oil and gas industry is highlighted by extensively reported examples of major process safety incidents including the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the Buncefield oil storage depot explosion (2005), the 1988 Piper Alpha oil platform explosion (both occurring in the UK) and the BP Texas Refinery explosion in 2005. In this programme you will be able to:

  • Enhance your skills in identifying root causes for incidents in the oil and gas industries
  • Identify all business risks
  • Familiar with oil and gas risk assessment techniques
  • Implement advanced risk management techniques for incident prevention and control


  • Explain the purpose of and procedures for investigating incidents and how the lessons learnt can be used to improve health and safety in the oil and gas industries
  • Explain the hazards inherent in oil and gas arising from the extraction, storage, and processing of raw materials and products
  • Outline the risk management techniques used in the oil and gas industries
  • Explain the purpose and content of an organisation's documented evidence to provide a convincing and valid argument that a system is adequately safe in the oil and gas industries


Participants will learn by active participation during the programme through the use of exercises, case studies and open discussion forums. Videos shown will encourage further discussions and delegates are encouraged to bring forth experiences and problems from their own organisations. The programme will be run using power point slide, copies of which will be distributed both in hard and soft copies.


This training programme is designed to provide a sound breadth of underpinning knowledge that enables delegates to manage oil and gas operational risks effectively.


DAY 1 - Health, Safety and Environmental Management in Context

  • Learning from incidents
  • Hazards inherent in oil and gas
  • Risk management techniques used in the oil and gas industries
  • Safe systems of work
  • Hydrocarbon process safety I
  • Process Safety Management (PSM)

DAY 2 - Hydrocarbon Process Safety

  • Mechanics of failure
  • Safety critical equipment control
  • Safe containment of hydrocarbons
  • Plant operation and maintenance
  • Start-up and shut down
  • Fire hazards, risks and controls
  • Furnaces and boiler operations

DAY 3 - Risk assessment techniques

  • Framework for risk assessment
  • Hazard and Operability Study ‘HAZOP’
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis ‘FMEA’
  • The Bow-tie model
  • Safety Integrity Level ‘SIL’ selection
  • Hazardous Area Classification

DAY 4 - Fire Protection and Emergency Response

  • Fire and explosion in the oil and gas industries
  • Types of fire
  • Types of explosion
  • Fire and explosion risk analysis
  • Fire and explosion protective systems
  • Emergency Plans and response

DAY 5 - Logistics and Transport Operations

  • Maritime transport
  • Land transport
  • Diving activities
  • Cargo handling and lifting operations
  • Programme review