IIAR Planning and Performing an Effective PHA (Process Hazard Analysis) Certificate Program    

This course is intended to serve as continuing education for industrial refrigeration professionals whose job responsibilities include maintaining a safe work environment and/or ensuring compliance with OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) regulation or the EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule. The intended audience would include PSM coordinators/managers, process safety & hazard mitigation professionals, compliance service employees, compliance auditors, as well as other workers who focus on employee safety, facility safety, and/or regulatory compliance.

It is anticipated that course participants are already familiar with the Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) requirements found in 29 CFR 1910.119(e) (OSHA’s PSM standard) and 40 CFR 68.67 (EPA’s RMP regulations). This certificate course will provide additional background for performing a PHA study that not only meets OSHA and EPA requirements, but also serves as an effective tool for ensuring safe operation of a closed-circuit ammonia refrigeration system.

Syllabus for PHA Certificate Course

Module 1 - PHA Fundamentals
This introductory module looks at some of the fundamental concepts and procedures involved in developing and executing an effective Process Hazard Analysis Study. It reviews the basics of performing a PHA, including benefits and limitations of a PHA study, relevant definitions and references, and PSM/RMP requirements. It also addresses steps to take when developing and implementing a PHA policy, establishing a PHA schedule, and selecting a PHA methodology,

Module 2 - Planning the PHA
This second training module in the PHA Certificate Course discusses the procedures involved in planning a PHA study, as well as the elements of an effective PHA study and the general requirements involved in preparing for a PHA study.  We will also review the various methodologies that may be used to conduct a PHA study, but we focus on the “What-If-Checklist” methodology since this is the tool most commonly used to analyze ammonia refrigeration systems. Module 2 finishes up with some tips on identifying hazard scenarios, use of risk-ranking techniques to evaluate hazard scenarios, and the benefits of using Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA).

Module 3 - Performing and Documenting the PHA
Module 3 covers the procedures that should be followed to perform and document a PHA study. The module starts off by reviewing the composition of a typical PHA study team and discussing the hazard scenarios that must be covered and documented during the PHA study. Next up is a review of the steps necessary to document a PHA study and the methods used to review and revalidate PHA studies. We finish up the course with a look at OSHA and EPA interpretations related to PHA studies.

Final Examination

Member Price: $300.00 
Non-Member Price: $600.00 
Structured discounts are available for multiple persons from one company. Click HERE to learn more. 

Note: The course fees listed above are per person for a single presentation connection for individual use and may not be shared with other users. All registrants must individually register for the desired course to participate and receive continuing education credit

How It Works 
Academy of Natural Refrigerants’ certificate courses are self-paced and are available entirely online, including the final exam. 

The “Planning and Performing an Effective PHA” course includes three (3) training modules, each approximately 60 minutes long, delivered as a PowerPoint presentation with lecture. At the end of each module, you must successfully complete a short quiz to check your comprehension of the material. To receive a certificate, participants will be required to pass all three quizzes as well as a comprehensive final course examination.

Final Certificate Examination will be administered at multiple dates/locations, TBD. The final exam will also be administered online. Qualified registrants MUST have paid their Certificate Course tuition and MUST have successfully completed the Module 1-3 Quick Check Quizzes (at least 80% correct on all three quizzes).

Course Requisites

We recommend these minimum requirements for individuals interested in participating in this program:

  • General knowledge of the physical properties of ammonia.
  • Working knowledge regarding equipment that may be employed in operational closed-circuit ammonia refrigeration systems.
  • Familiarity with the Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) requirements found in 29 CFR 1910.119(e) (OSHA’s PSM standard) and 40 CFR 68.67 (EPA’s RMP regulations).
  • Familiarity with operation and maintenance of a closed-circuit ammonia refrigeration system.

Learning Objectives

After completing this program, learners will be able to:

* List the elements of an effective PHA study.

* Implement industry best practices for planning and performing a process hazard analysis.

* Serve as a valuable member of a PHA team. 

Continuing Education Credits
After completing an IIAR Academy of Natural Refrigeration certificate course, successfully completing the accompanying quizzes, and passing the final course exam, you will earn the corresponding number of continuing education credits, which can be applied toward maintaining P.E. licensure. IIAR is accredited by the Registered Continuing Education Program for Engineers, Surveyors & A/E/C Professionals (RCEP) as an approved provider of continuing education 
The IIAR Planning and Performing an Effective PHA Certificate Course offers up to 3.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). 

The IIAR Academy of Natural Refrigerants is a long-term education program created to address the need for competent professionals in natural refrigeration system design, safety and maintenance. The objective of the academy is to address the technical training needs of end users, design build contractors, equipment manufacturers, operators, safety/PSM specialists, and consulting engineering sectors of the IIAR membership. As industry codes and regulations change and evolve the need for competent professionals in our industry will continue to grow. 
IIAR Certificate Courses are based on ASTM standards and allow industrial refrigeration professionals to show that they have received documented and standardized instruction regarding the requirements for design and operation of ammonia-based refrigeration systems.