A-Z for Risk, Reliability & Safety Management Course


This training course examines learning from failures and techniques for decision analysis with emphasis on the use of advanced risk, reliability and operational research techniques and applying them to cases of major failures and disasters.

The idea of the training course is to look at Learning from Failures. This will be through examining known and topical cases, as well as cases related to the particular own experience of the delegates. This will be based on the analysis of reported disasters with the aim of exploring techniques that can help us to understand the root causes of why those incidents occurred and how such crises unfold over time and hence how can we learn generic lessons from those disasters.   

Who should attend?

This training course is highly recommended for all Operations, Maintenance, Reliability, Engineering and Technical Support staff. Also, this course is applicable to any person actively involved or contemplating safety, performance measurement, improvement and/or quality and reliability related activities.

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Operations & Process Professionals
  • Reliability & Safety Professionals
  • Other professionals involved in process improvement


10 Days

Course Outline

Module One: Safety Systems and Risk Management

  • Safety first
  • Learning from failures
  • Analyzing near misses, incidents & accidents
  • Taxonomy of theories
  • Nature of High Reliability Organisations (HRO)
  • Risk assessment, Choice of case studies and types of recommendations 

 Module Two: Continuity of Operations – Plant Systems Reliability

  • Coping with risks, and defining reliability and resilience
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) techniques
  • Failure Modes and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • Risk Priority Number (RPN) and Iso Critical Curves
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Reliability Blok Diagram (RBD), and Reliability Cantered Maintenance (RCM)
  • Practical examples and case studies 

Module Three: A-Z of Disastrous Case Studies from Natural, Aviation, Marine and Space Industries

  • Hurricane Katrina Disaster (Natural Disasters and Evacuations)
  • NASA’s Challenger Disaster (Space Industry)
  • NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster (Space Industry)
  • Titanic – The Unsinkable ship that sank (Ships Industry)
  • Exxon Valdez – Oil Spill Disaster
  • Small Groups presentations

Module Four: Case Studies from High Reliability Organizations (HROs): Process Industry and Oil and Gas

  • Cases and generic lesson learned from Process industry: Bhopal Disaster (Petrochemical Industry in India)
  • Case and generic lesson learned from Oil and Gas industry:  Piper Alpha Disaster (Offshore Oil & Gas Industry)
  • BP Deep Water Horizon (Offshore Oil & Gas Industry)
  • BP Texas City Incident (Chemical and Process Industry)
  • Small Groups Presentations
  • Generic Lessons

Module Five: Case Studies from High Reliability Organizations (HROs): Nuclear Power Generation Industry

  • Case and generic lesson learned from Nuclear industry: Chernobyl Disaster (Nuclear Industry)
  • Fukushima Disaster (Nuclear Industry)
  • Group work and group presentations
  • Organizational Resilience and Learning from Failures and Success
  • Action Plans 

Module Six: Why there is a need for Advanced Risk, Reliability and Safety Management Techniques?

  • What is Risk, and Hazard?
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Risk Management
  •  Proactive Vs Reactive Altitudes towards Risk
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • What is Reliability Engineering?
  • Choice of Models and Existing Assumptions 

Module Seven: The Concept of Generic Lessons & Benchmarking

  • Attributes of the generic lessons
  • Best practice of learning from failures from different industries
  • Best practice can be learned from worst practice
  • The ten generic lessons and the three underpinning factors
  • What is benchmarking? History of benchmarking
  • Different methods of benchmarking and how they relate to each other

Module Eight: A Framework of Learning and Unlearning Excellence

  • Adaptive organizational learning
  • Routine dynamics
  • The Decision-Making Grid (DMG) model
  • The Jack-knife Diagram (JKD) for assessing failures
  • A framework for analyzing near-misses and failures
  • High severity with low frequency versus high severity with high frequency 

Module Nine: Other Frameworks/Models of Learning from Incidents

  • The FRAM Model
  • The Three Loops Learning Framework.
  • The AcciMap Model
  • Attributes of Organisational Crises
  • Small Groups Activities
  • Groups Presentations

Module Ten: Towards Achieving Organisational Excellence

  • A framework for Benchmarking of Resilience
  • Towards an Operational Excellence Award
  • Small Groups Activities
  • Group Projects and Presentations
  • Rap up, Reflection, and Personal and Organizations Plans

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Our courses are carefully curated to keep you abreast of latest industry trends, technological advancements, and best practices. We employ a variety of teaching methodologies, including hands-on workshops, case studies, and interactive sessions, all aimed at fostering an engaging and effective learning environment. Our expert instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience, providing our clients with insights that can be immediately applied in their professional lives.


Our courses serve as a vibrant platform for professionals to connect and engage with a diverse community of peers, industry leaders, and experts. By participating in our programs, you gain access to an invaluable network that spans across various sectors and geographical boundaries. This networking aspect is not just about forming professional relationships; it's about creating a supportive ecosystem where ideas, opportunities, and collaborations can flourish.


Our courses are designed to challenge and inspire professionals to step out of their comfort zones and explore new horizons. Through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application, our programs help professionals refine their existing skills and acquire new ones, making them more versatile and competitive.

FAQs & Course Administration Details:

This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location. For further inquiries, please contact us on Phone: +254 715 077 817 or Email: [email protected].
The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields. All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).
Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course. Send proof of payment to [email protected].
Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer. Email: [email protected] Phone: +254 715 077 817.

Who else has taken this course?

# Job Title Organisation Country
1 Assistant GM For underwriting and Risk management Albaraka insurance co Sudan
2 Health, Safety and Environment Officer Petroleum Commission, The Gambia Gambia