Process Safety for E&P Operations

Disciplines: Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability | Production and Operations

Course Description

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.

Upon completion of this course, participants will understand:

  • The evolution of process safety
  • Why process safety incidents still occur
  • 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
  • How to implement and improve process safety at your location

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why 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 Attends

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.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page. Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will. Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.


None Matthew Frazell, EIT, ASP, is a graduate engineer, who holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University and has over ten years of Process Safety and Engineering consulting experience. His work experience at ERM includes PSM program development and auditing for downstream facilities, production and processing facility engineering design, equipment design, well site design/layout, flare studies and PSV sizing calculations, Greenhouse Gas reporting and SPCC plan generation. He also participated in over 150 PHAs as a Facilitator and Scribe. He is proficient with AutoCAD and ProMax. He has completed the AIChE certificate training program for HAZOP and LOPA. Matthew holds an Associate Safety Professional credential, and is an Engineer-In-Training with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.