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Further Information - Loss of Containment Training


Who is the course for?

This Loss of Containment Training course is aimed at individuals working in the oil and gas industry. It is particularly suited to those who are new to the industry.

Is previous experience required?

You do not need prior knowledge or experience to complete this course and it is assumed that you are competent in your designated role.

How will the course benefit me?

From environmental impacts to fires and explosions, hydrocarbon leaks can have devastating consequences. This course will give you a basic understanding of the main causes of hydrocarbon leaks explain and how the properties of hydrocarbons affect what happens if a leak occurs.

The knowledge gained in this course will help you to understand the importance of ensuring that hydrocarbons are contained. It will also indicate the need for risk assessment.

How will the course benefit my company?

By ensuring you are fully aware of the dangers of a hydrocarbon leak, you can help ensure that measures are put and kept in place at your worksite to prevent leaks. This will help to reduce both safety and environmental incidents.

What standards are referenced in the course?

This course does not refer to specific legislation or standards but is written to current HSE guidelines and industry best practice.

Is there an assessment?

Once you have completed the course, you will be asked a series of questions to check your knowledge and understanding. These are based on the learning objectives for the course and have a pass mark of 80%.

Learning Objectives

• Identify the harmful effects of hydrocarbon leaks on people and the environment

• Identify the main causes of hydrocarbon leaks

• Explain the main causes of hydrocarbon leaks and explain how these can be prevented

• Recognise the range of leak rates that can occur with the different types of failure

• Identify the physical states of common hydrocarbon mixtures

• Describe how different hydrocarbon fluids behave on release and describe how hydrocarbon mixtures may undergo a phase change

• Explain how vapour pressure and temperature can affect hydrocarbon releases

• Explain how viscosity can affect loss of containment

• Explain what is meant by ‘flammable range’ and ‘flashpoint’

• Explain what is meant by ‘ignition temperature’

• Explain the importance of eliminating excess air and water

• Explain the dangers of H2S exposure and identify the symptoms of H2S poisoning

• Describe how a benign liquid release can rapidly turn into a harmful release

• Identify how to control hydrocarbon fluid releases

• Explain the importance of conducting a Risk Assessment


End of courses assessment with an 80% pass mark.

System Requirements

  • Internet access - users will need a device with a web browser and internet connection
  • System - runs on computers, tablets and mobile devices using Windows 7 and above and MAC OS devices running IOS 11 and above
  • Browsers - Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari
  • Minimum browser size – none
  • Audio – requires device speaker or headphones