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ABS Group Customizes PSM Training Solution for Global Offshore Company

Learn how we leveraged our vast training expertise to develop and implement a global program on an expedited basis.

Project Profile

A global offshore energy development corporation wanted to escalate awareness around process safety management (PSM) and improve process safety performance. To foster an effective and sound process safety culture, the company looked to implement a robust training program.

Through a process safety management and training program, the company hoped to raise company-wide awareness and help employees maintain an appreciation of process hazards. It sought a solution that would help retain a sense of vulnerability and avoid complacency.

To expedite the timeframe for implementation, the client looked for a partner with a standard training package that could be tailored to fit its specific needs.

Client Needs
  • Need for increased cultural emphasis on process safety
  • Complacency regarding process hazards
  • Desire for immediate implementation of training solution


Project Objectives

Our Solution

Our standard Risk Based Process Safety training course covered most of the topics specified by the client. For the remaining few topics, we leveraged materials from our standalone courses such as Safety Culture, Hazard Identification, Process Hazard Analysis and Judging Risk. As a world leader in process safety training, ABS Group has taught safety, risk and reliability courses for over 35 years to more than 100,000 course alumni. Each of these high-quality courses has been approved and accredited by relevant industry bodies. Since the training program required limited development of new materials, we were able to deliver on an expedited timeline.

Customize a Standard Training Program

We began with a gap analysis to review and compare existing, standard training material to the client's specifications. We modified the course to address the company's needs and incorporate its own PSM framework, incident examples and internal HAZID methodologies. ABS Group liaised with company leadership to understand training program goals and develop additional course materials as needed. We also helped the client identify workshops from our training library that would be most meaningful for course attendees.

After developing the proposed course materials, we conducted a pilot test course and made appropriate revisions based on the pilot class feedback.

Assemble an Expert Training Team

Our project team possesses unmatched PSM experience. Several of our technical project team members co-wrote the Center for Chemical Process Safety's Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) book on which the client had based its PSM framework. With at least 15 years of process safety experience, each instructor not only possesses an in-depth understanding of course topics but also demonstrates superior instruction abilities.

Manage Global Implementation

To implement the program globally, we assembled a full-time training coordination and production team consisting of a Course Coordinator and three staff assistants to manage instructor logistics, course materials and shipping. We also assigned regional instruction teams to ensure that trainers are available in each geographic area.

Given the broad geographic distribution of our client's locations, we developed a master set of training course materials on a secure server with limited access. Once a course date is confirmed, our coordinator will work with the designated instructor to ensure proper travel arrangements are made, all training course materials are shipped and receipt of materials is confirmed. To expedite shipping and control costs, we assemble and ship training materials from a nearby ABS Group office when possible.

Tailor Training for Key Audiences

ABS Group developed three (3) courses targeted toward each of the key audience groups identified by the client: Board Members and Executive Directors, Line and Functional Managers and Supervisors, and Design and Operations Managers and Senior Staff.

Executives and Board Members

The course demonstrates how proactive implementation of a PSM framework can prevent major accidents. Participants will learn to understand how leadership failures may contribute to these events.

Line and Functional Managers and Supervisors

This course introduces principles, language and a deeper understanding of process safety and PSM for those not directly involved in operations, but also whose decisions can have significant impacts.

Operations Managers and Senior Maintenance Staff

We deliver a more detailed understanding of the elements of PSM and how they fit together to control and prevent major accidents. Case histories, workshops and interactive sessions maximize training benefits and knowledge retention.

Value Delivered

ABS Group's global network of experienced trainers delivered these courses throughout 2016 and 2017. The program was designed to improve process safety performance and assist the client with reducing the potential for accidents and incidents across its operations.

Ideal Partnership

We were able to expedite course development and delivery due to our extensive catalog of existing training courses. As implementation begins, ABS Group's global offices help reduce instructor travel and material shipping costs.

Future Cost Reduction Opportunities

In the second year of implementation, once the courses are well established, we plan to offer the option to assist the client in developing its own internal trainers to reduce ongoing costs. Using a planned program and train-the-trainer approach, our expert team will provide instruction, observation, feedback and mentoring to prepare internal trainers to manage courses and steward best-in-class process safety culture.

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