Process Safety for E&P Operations

Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Production and Operations


This course provides a fundamental understanding of process safety techniques and how applying these techniques can improve safety, equipment reliability, environmental performance and reduce overall costs. It presents an overview of the elements comprising process safety, practical examples and how process safety can be integrated into day-to-day operations.

Learning Objectives

After participation in this course, the participant will be able to understand: the evolution of process safety, why process safety incidents still occur and steps needed to reduce the number of incidents, applicability of process safety to exploration and production operations, the team approach for process safety, each of the elements of process safety, and how to implement and improve process safety at your location.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why You Should Attend

Process safety is becoming increasingly important for maintaining the license to operate. The overall objective for process safety is to eliminate “loss of containment” events that can lead to fires, explosions or toxics being released.  Implementation of process safety can result in greater equipment reliability, fewer process upsets, increased safety and fewer environmental incidents.   The attendee will learn how the different elements of process safety can be easily developed and implemented for all types of E&P operations.

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for facility, production and drilling engineers; supervisors and managers involved with the design, construction or operation of production facilities or drilling operations. The course is applicable to all operations including onshore and offshore operations.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


James “Jim” Johnstone, P.E., C.S.P., SPE is presently the President and co-founder of Contek Solutions LLC located in Dallas, Texas. In a career spanning over 35 years Johnstone has worked for both major oil producers and consulting companies in the areas of process safety, engineering and operations at both domestic and international locations.  He has authored a number of papers and teaches on subjects including process safety, facility design, and the operation of oil and gas facilities.  His unique experience having worked in the engineering, operations and safety fields provides him with a distinctive insight on how to effectively implement process safety. He is a registered Professional Engineer in eight different states.  He holds a “Certified Safety Professional” certificate from BCSP. He obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University.