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Process and Systems Safety Engineering

Delivered by Sustainable Minerals Institute


Understand process safety and systems safety engineering principles and practices and how to leverage them to achieve better system safety. 

The course, which has been co-designed by academic and industry leaders, comprises 2 parts:

  • Part 1 introduces you to the fundamentals of process safety and systems safety and how it can improve health and safety outcomes.
  • Part 2 takes what you have learnt and puts it into practice, critiquing key process safety approaches and applying your learnings to a case study.

Upcoming courses

Delivery mode
in-person, workshop
10–13 September 2024
8.30am–4.30pm (GMT+10) Brisbane time
Sir James Foots Building (#47A), St Lucia
Time commitment
48 hours

Who should attend

  • Part 1 should be attended by specialist personnel including managers, engineers and other technical specialists.
  • Part 2 should be attended by technical specialists or management roles that oversee the application of effective process safety strategies.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements to enrol in Part 1 of this course. Those seeking to enrol in Part 2 will be required to complete Part 1 or have an existing understanding of the fundamentals of process safety.

What you'll learn

Part 1: Introduction to process safety fundamentals

Part 1 will help you:

  • explain the fundamental differences between personal safety, process safety and systems safety and functional safety
  • describe key elements of process/systems safety management systems (PSMS) and how to assess these
  • understand how systems safety analysis be integrated into other safety and risk management processes
  • identify opportunities for improvement.

Part 2: Application and critique of process safety approaches

Part 2 will will help you develop skills in:

  • performing and/or critiquing the quality of key process safety approaches associated with risk assessment, risk treatment and event investigations
  • developing and assessing recommendations derived from process safety approaches
  • critiquing process and identifying S.M.A.R.T improvements to process safety management systems.

Time commitment

This is an in-person course that will require roughly 48 hours to complete.

  • 20 hours of of studying using online materials
  • 4-day in-person workshop (Parts 1 & 2)
  • Part 1: 10 hours online study + day 1 & 2 of workshop
  • Part 2: 10 hours online study + day 3 & 4 of workshop


Part 1 assessment will include:

  • a quiz
  • a process safety diagnostic exercise.

Part 2 assessment will include:

  • critiquing 2 different process safety analyses.

Certification and accreditation

Showcase your capabilities with a Digital Certificate that verifies your skills and achievements.


Image of Professor Maureen Hassall, wearing a pink coat and looking straight at the camera.
Professor Maureen Hassall
Director, Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre


Applicant Price
Part 1 (ex GST) A$1,600
Part 2 (ex GST) A$1,600
Part 1 & 2 (ex GST) A$3,200
Part 1 & 2 for 5 or more learners from the same organisation (ex GST) A$2,900

Please see the Terms and Conditions (PDF, 123.12 KB) (PDF, 123.12 KB).

GST is excluded from the cost

Payment options

We accept credit cards (Visa/MasterCard) for payment, including corporate credit cards. If you do not have access to a card, please contact our team at to discuss your options.


Sir James Foots Building (#47A)

Corner of College Rd and Staff House Rd, The University of Queensland Room 470, Level 4 Seminar Room
St Lucia, QLD, 4067


Sustainable Minerals Institute

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