European Master and Certification Program
in Risk Engineering and Management

Risk Analysis in Petrochemical Industry

Course code: 136469
Language of instruction: English
Lecturers: Lic.Tech Pertti Auerkari (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland), Dr. Robert Kauer (TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH), Dr. Gopika Vinod (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre), M.Sc. Giovanni Uguccioni (RINA S.p.A.)
Assessment: Defined in the module

Short description

The petroleum industry is changing rapidly, challenging organizations and individuals to keep pace and distinguish opportunity from understanding, assessing and managing risk. This course presents current global and regional issues of risk analysis in petrochemical industries. Topics include risk aspects and methods for hazard identification, probability and consequences analysis, risk assessment, and health, safety and environment issues related to petrochemical industries.


During the course the participants will have the opportunity

  • to get familiar with risk aspects and methods for hazard identification applied in petrochemical industries
  • to learn how to perform probability and consequences analysis and risk assessment
  • to recognize what are the health, safety and environment issues related to petrochemical industries

Target Attendees / Participants

Engineers, managers at all levels, inspectors, legislators and other professionals dealing with risk and safety in petrochemical industry as well as students, will profit from the course by

  • increasing their understanding of strengths and weaknesses of different approaches and
  • extending their knowledge on current risk based approaches for petrochemical plants.

Course Content by Units

Unit 1: Risks aspects in petrochemical industry

  • overview
  • links to the applied methods, standards and codes
  • HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) analyses and studies as a support to design and operation
Unit 2: Brief introduction to "Risk"
  • origin, measure
  • the "Risk Analysis" document
Unit 3: Hazard identification in petrochemical industry
  • HAZOP analysis
  • Brief examples of application
Unit 4: Probability Analysis
  • Calculation of probability
  • Elementary probability theory
  • Fault Tree Analysis technique
Unit 5: Workshop - Application of Fault Tree Analysis
  • identification of accident sequences
  • calculation of probability of an accident
  • ranking of sequences
Unit 6: The assessment of consequences of accidents
  • „Source Term“ – Identification of release cases
  • Evolution of a release: accident scenarios and Event Tree analysis
  • Models for assessment of fires, dispersion, explosion
  • Brief workshop - analysis of a typical accident by computer modeling
Unit 7: Assessment of risk
  • Models to assess the vulnerability of people and equipment
  • Qualitative and Quantitative risk criteria
Unit 8: Health, safety, environment issues
  • environment impacts
  • accident prevention
  • implementation of HSE management system,
  • regulatory expectations

Unit 9: Review of the course main issues and preparation for final exam

Unit 10: Exam

Teaching Methods

The course includes:

  • ex cathedra lecturing
  • number of examples illustrating important topics
  • hands-on breakout sessions


[1]    AICHE/CCPS (2000), "Guidelines for Chemical Process Quantitative Risk Analysis-GCPQRA", 2nd Edition

[2]    J. R. Taylor, 1994, "Risk Analysis for Process Plant, Pipelines and Transport”

[3]    P.A.M. Uijt de Haag / B.J.M. Ale 2005, Guideline for quantitative risk assessment (Purple Book), Director-General of Labour, Committee for the Prevention of Disasters

[4]    Vesely, W. E.; et. al. (1981). Fault Tree Handbook. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. NUREG–0492

[5]    Ir. C.J.H. van den Bosch (2005): Methods for the Calculation of Physical Effects: Resulting from Releases of Hazardous Materials (Yellow Book), Director-General of Labour, Committee for the Prevention of Disasters

[6]    AIChE/CCPS “Guidelines for consequence Analysis of Chemical releases”, 1999

[7]    EPSC, IChemE and Chemical Industries Association, 2000, "HAZOP – Guide to Best practice for the process and chemical industries"

[8]    G A Papadakis, A Amendola (ed.)  - “Guidance on the Preparation of a Safety Report to meet the requirements of council Directive 96/82/EC (Seveso II)”– JRC – European commission Report ER 17690 EN, 1997

[9]    I A Papazoglou, Z S Nivolianitou, G S Bonanos - “Land Use planning Policies stemming from the implementation of the SEVSO-II Directrive in the EU”  - Journal of Hazardous materials, Vol 61, August 1998

[10]  Barbara Pozzo, “The Implemetnation of the Seveso Directive in an Enlarged Europe: a look into the Past adna a Challenge for the future” – Kluwer Law International, 2009

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