New process safety membership grade

FOLLOWING the success of IChemE’s globally recognised and respected process safety qualification Professional Process Safety Engineer – and in response to growing demand for recognition of process safety specialists – IChemE has launched a new member grade: Associate Member (Process Safety).

The grade was unveiled in Belgium in October providing process safety specialists with a new route to join IChemE and start working towards becoming a Professional Process Safety Engineer. Since the launch we have seen 16 people in seven countries awarded the specialist grade.

Equivalent to IChemE's Associate Member status, the new grade requires applicants to demonstrate basic competencies and activity in process safety, and is the first step to becoming fully qualified in process safety. At the launch, IChemE's director of qualifications and international development, Neil Atkinson said, "This new addition to IChemE’s membership offer is an important step towards improving process safety globally. It’s a visible commitment to raising standards that are needed to cut the number of deaths and serious injuries in the chemical and process industry worldwide.”

As an Associate Member (Process Safety), candidates are likely to be young professionals working within the process safety field and potentially working towards the Professional Process Safety Engineer qualification but not yet in a position to demonstrate the full range of competences required.

To satisfy the requirements to join as an Associate Member (Process Safety), candidates will have to demonstrate that they are directly employed within the process safety field and have appropriate degree-level knowledge and understanding by having one of the following academic backgrounds:

  • chemical engineering degree at Bachelors (Hons) level or equivalent 
  • MSc (Process Safety) or equivalent supplementing a chemical or cognate engineering degree at Bachelors(Hons) level or equivalent 
  • cognate background at Bachelors (Hons) level supported by evidence of acquired fundamental knowledge and understanding of process safety

Evidence can be provided in the form of an extended CV with details on engineering work-based process safety experience. This will include the types of tasks undertaken and responsibilities held that are relevant to process safety, as well as any relevant formal training. It would be anticipated that you would have experience in a minimum of two or three of the following areas and in-depth knowledge of at least one area.

  • experience in process safety/high hazard environment to work closely with other process safety team members
  • experience in process hazard analysis techniques, ie HAZOP, SIL, LOPA
  • knowledge of performing QRA studies
  • experience of consequence modelling using relevant software
  • understanding of international safety standards/legislation
  • participation in process safety incident investigations
  • participation in process safety audits
  • knowledge of safety case development

If you are currently working in process safety and can demonstrate knowledge and experience in the aforementioned competences you should start your application now. Why not use the holiday period to enhance your professional development and show your commitment to the highest standards of professional practice in safety. To apply online visit: If you already have the desired knowledge and experience to apply directly for Professional Process Safety Engineer please visit for more information and to apply.

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