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PHA / HAZOP Leadership Workshop (3-day)

2014 PHA/HAZOP Workshop

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Fee$2,200 CDN per student 

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The course fee includes registration, lunch and refreshments, and course materials.
Price is exclusive of applicable taxes. Courses held in the U.S are billed in U.S. dollars. 


This 3-day course is designed to deliver expert instruction on how to successfully plan and execute Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) studies efficiently and effectively. This includes understanding the principles behind each of the major PHA methods (HAZOP, What-if?, Checklist, FMEA), learning how to deal with challenging personalities within the PHA team and how to avoid common pitfalls and traps so your PHA studies run smoothly.

We also offer a 1-Day PHA/HAZOP Overview. This one day overview teaches the theory behind conducting Process Hazard Analysis/Hazard Operability Studies. The course benefits anyone who will be involved in PHA's as a participant but not as a leader. To develop the skills necessary to be a leader, registrants should attend the full 3-Day PHA/HAZOP Workshop. The one day overview is the FIRST day of the regular PHA/HAZOP Overview.


  • PHA / HAZOP Team Leaders & scribes
  • Health & Safety / HSE professionals
  • Process Safety Management (PSM) / Loss Management specialists
  • Supervisors, managers and engineers responsible for PHA studies

APEGA Professional engineers taking this course as part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program may be able to claim 24 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

 Who attends PHA


Mr. Marcel Leal-Valias, CET

Mr. Leal-Valias has 51 years experience in Engineering, Process Design & Drafting, mechanical maintenance, and project management. Mr. Leal-Valias has been a Piping Manager, Construction Site Manager, Project Manager and for the last 21 years, he has developed and become an internationally respected Process Hazards Analysis (PHA/HAZOP) trainer and facilitator performing hundreds of PHA studies for all types of facilities.



Three (3) days of combined classroom instruction and workshop exercises, led by one of Canada’s most well known and respected PHA Chairmen, Mr. Marcel Leal-Valias.

Day 1

Course Objectives

Quantitative & Qualitative Hazard Analysis

Overview of HSE Hazard Management

Elements of Facility Risk

PHA Teams

PHA Methods

  • Preliminary Hazards Analysis
  • Checklist Analysis
  • What-if? Analysis
  • Checklist / What-if? Analysis
  • FMEA

Day 2

Method Selection Criteria

PHA Documentation Issues

PHA Leadership

  • PHA Facilitation Skills
  • Team Leader Qualifications
  • PHA Leader Responsibilities
  • PHA Group Dynamics

PHA Management

  • Defining Scope & Objective
  • Estimate Time Requirements
  • Documenting the Study

PHA Workshop

  • HAZOP “practice” study

Day 3

PHA Workshop (continued)

  • HAZOP “practice” study
  • What-if? “practice” study


In addition to expert instruction from an experienced, professional PHA facilitator, in the afternoon of Day 2 and for Day 3, you will form a study team with other participants and take turns leading the team through “practice” HAZOP and What-if sessions. The instructor will coach you and provide feedback on your performance. Students will have the opportunity to prepare the drawings, populate the software and facilitate the studies using drawings such as the one below. By the end of the exercises students will be able to facilitate their own HAZOP and What if sessions.


We recommend registering one month prior to the course date (though we invite you to inquire about last-minute availability).