PSM 312: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

COURSE DESCRIPTION                                                                                  DURATION: 2 Days

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a method for systematically determining the potential failure modes of systems, subsystems and basic components and their cause mechanisms. This helps in developing actions that can be taken to eliminate the causes before it could lead to an incident. In this course, the participants will learn about the utility and benefits as well as the methodology of conducting the different types of FMEA.  This course will also talk about other techniques such Fault Tree Analysis which can be used in combination with FMEA. The participant will get hand-on experience on instructor-led FMEA facilitation and by working on examples in a team environment. Upon conclusion of the training course, participants should be prepared with the tools, checklists, and skills in order to efficiently and effectively serve as a FMEA Facilitator.


  • Learn to systematically determine failure modes of systems and subsystems.
  • Learn the best practices and how to gather an efficient team to conduct an effective FMEA.
  • Learn to better identify and classify risk requiring corrective actions


  • Managers, process safety coordinators and others responsible for satisfying OSHA PSM regulatory requirements
  • Non-regulated companies desiring to design and implement a process safety management program


  • None



Day 1


  • Introduction
    • Overview of FMEA
    • Importance and utility of FMEA
    • Benefits of FMEA
  • History and Purpose of FMEA
    • Identifying and prioritizing risks
    • Developing an action plan for reducing risks
  • Standards and Guidelines
  • Types of FMEA
    • Design FMEA
    • Process FMEA
  • FMEA Methodology
    • Types of Results
    • Resource Requirements
    • Team Composition
    • Analysis Procedure
Day 2


  • Fault Tree Analysis (combined with FMEA)
  • Keys to Success and Efficient FMEA Development
  • Worked Examples
  • Practice Workshops / Breakout Sessions
  • Other Tools and Techniques Used or Related to FMEA
  • Q&A