This is Part 2 of the SaRS Technical Learning webinar series on the Basics of Functional Safety. The series gives an overview on the various aspects of Functional Safety and compliance with international standards and responds directly to topics requested from the previous webinar feedback forms. The series is presented by experts from Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC) Ltd.

In Part 2 there will be a description of the learning that has been gained from leading both Hazard & Operability (HAZOP) studies and Layers Of Protection Analysis (LOPA) studies covering:

  • Good practice observed within studies, and
  • The pitfalls to avoid

Part 2 will be presented by Dr Esteban Bernechea. Esteban has worked in the fields of Process Engineering, Process Safety and Functional Safety for the last 10 years. He has a Chemical Engineering background and started his career as a process engineer in the design of oil and gas projects; he later continued his education with a master’s degree in Process Engineering and a Doctorate Program focused on the application of QRA and Inherently Safer Design as tools for process optimization, at which point he changed his focus to the fields of Process Safety and Risk Analysis.

He has extensive experience chairing Process Hazard Analysis (HAZOP, HAZID) and delivering functional safety (SIL determination and verification) consultancy for multinational clients in the oil and gas, chemical and health industries. He has delivered presentations in venues like the Global Congress on Process Safety or the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium

Please register for this and the remaining three parts of the series via the registration links. For more details on each webinar please click its title link:

Part 2 – HAZOP & LOPA Study Pitfalls. 12th May 2021 at 13:00 UK time. To register please click here

Part 3 – Methods of Safety Integrity Level Determination. 16th June 2021 at 13:00 UK time. To register please click here

Part 4 – Software Safety Considerations to IEC 61508-3. 21st July 2021 at 13:00 UK time. To register please click here

Part 5 – Importance of Data Collection within Functional Safety. 18th August 2021 at 13:00 UK time. To register please click here


Wednesday, 12th May 2021 at 1:00pm


Wednesday, 12th May 2021 at 2:15pm


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