Responsible Care® Basic Principles Of Risk-Based Process Safety Management (RBPSM) Training Course Module 1


Date: 7 September 2021

Time: 08:30 – 16:00 CAT

Venue: Virtual (MS Teams)

Language: English

Skill Level: Basic

Duration: 7.5 hours

ECSA CPD Credits: 1

Cost: R4600 (VAT included)

This online course will introduce delegates to the Risk-based Process Safety Management (RBPSM) System approach and how to implement such a system within chemical manufacturing facilities as part of the international Responsible Care® Initiative. The course is geared to improve sustainable process safety performance in industries that manufacture, use and/or handle chemicals, by focusing on new ways to design, correct or improve process safety management practices. It also has many other industry-wide benefits, including enhancing good perception of the chemical industry by the public.

When integrated with other SHE and security management systems, the RBPSM course ensures that delegates begin at the design phase, including construction, pre-startup reviews, key aspects of production and maintenance as well as consider human factors. It is a management system course that is focused on the prevention of, preparedness for, mitigation of and response to the release of chemicals and energy from a process. It takes a risk-based approach to reducing or eliminating harm, including damage to plant, material, the environment, and people.

Companies are expected to implement appropriate process safety management systems within their facilities to ensure that process hazards are identified, understood, and controlled to prevent process-related injuries and incidents.


  • Introduce the definition of Risk-based Process Safety Management, its history, and benefits to the chemical industry.
  • Explain benefits of the safe operation and management of plant and equipment.
  • Explain the elements of a Risk-based Process Safety Management System.
  • Understand the requirements of implementing a Risk-based Process Safety Management System.
  • Identify what could be done to address high potential, low probability incidents.


This course is vital for those involved in designing, implementing, and maintaining a successful process safety management system including:

  • Process safety personnel.
  • Operators, supervisors, and plant managers.
  • Engineers, SHEQ personnel and representatives.
  • Responsible Care® Management Representatives (RCMRs).


Any person working in operations and/or SHEQ departments of chemical manufacturing facilities is eligible to attend.


  • Welcome.
  • MS Teams House-keeping Rules.
  • Introductions.
  • Introduction to Process Safety.
  • Risk-based Process Safety.
    • Committing to Process Safety.
    • Understanding Risk.
    • Managing Risk.
    • Learning from Experience.
  • Assessment.

Delegates will be required to demonstrate through an online assessment that the learning outcomes described above have been achieved.


Session 1 08:30 - 10:30
Break 10:30 - 11:00
Session 2 11:00 - 12:30
Lunch 12:30 - 13:30
Session 3 13:30 - 16:00


Francois Holtzhausen
Process Safety Consultant

Francois Holtzhausen is a chemical engineer and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand. His process safety career started in 2000 when he was appointed Process Safety Technology Leader for the Dow Chemical Company (Dow), where he was responsible for driving the implementation of process safety at the newly acquired Dow facilities in South Africa. During 2006, he was appointed Process Safety Advisor for Sasol South Africa Limited (Sasol) and was tasked with the implementation of a process safety management system at Sasol. Francois was part of the Sasol team that developed the Sasol FER Severity Index. He retired from Sasol in 2015 and is currently a consultant in process safety, focusing mainly on process safety training and auditing. He was the chairperson of the CAIA Gauteng Process Safety Forum from 2013 to 2018.


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