PSM 317: Safety and Operability Studies on Electrical Power Systems (SAFOPs)

COURSE DESCRIPTION                                                                                       Duration: 2 Days

This course will introduce SAFOP or eHAZOP study general principles to the attendees.  It will describe the purpose and objectives of different SAFOP study techniques including Safety Analysis (SAFAN), Security and Operability Analysis (SYSOP) and Operator Task Analysis (OPTAN).  In the course, the participants will learn about team composition, preparatory, documenting and reporting requirements.  This course will provide the participants with a better understanding of SAFOPs so as to more effectively contribute to future studies at their workplace.


  • Learn the SAFOP terminology, tools and techniques.
  • Gain sufficient information in order to conduct efficient and effective SAFOPs.
  • Learn team leader qualities and characteristics to effectively lead SAFOP studies.

  • PSM Managers and Coordinators
  • Process, Safety and Mechanical Engineers
  • Professionals with a background in science and engineering

  • None



Day 1

  • Introduction to SAFOP Studies
  • SAFOP Studies
    • Purpose
    • Objectives
    • Terminology
  • Introduction to different types of Studies
  • Safety Analysis (SAFAN)
  • Workshop 1
    • Worked Examples of SAFAN Study
  • Security and Operability Analysis (SYSOP)
  • Workshop 2
    • Worked Examples of SYSOP Study
  • Operator Task Analysis (OPTAN)
  • Workshop 3
    • Worked Examples of OPTAN Study
Day 2

  • Timing of Studies
    • Initial Studies
    • Final Studies
  • SAFOP Team Composition
  • SAFOP Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities
  • SAFOP Team Member Roles
  • Study Execution
    • Scoping and Scheduling
    • Preparatory Work
    • Documentation and Reporting
    • SAFOP Study Execution Follow-up
  • SAFOP Pitfalls
  • SAFOP Critical Success Factors