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SAChE Student Safety Certificate Program

A Certificate of Safety Achievement is presented by SAChE and AIChE to students who demonstrate proficiency in areas of process safety through modules developed for SAChE. The program allows students to receive recognition for their efforts provided they are members of AIChE. Student application for AIChE membership is available at

SAChE process safety certificate training is undergoing changes as part of the CCPS Undergraduate Safety Education Initiative. The overall objective of the Initiative is to better prepare students for understanding issues related to process safety, particularly for the purpose of preparing students to safely and professionally function in commercial and industrial environments. At this time, the initiative has identified various levels of preparation:

All courses are available through the SAChE Certificate Program on the AIChE Academy. For more information or help logging in or registering for the eLearning site, please contact AIChE ( or AIChE Customer Service (1-800-242-4363 or

An important first step to preparation for process safety involves understanding safe practices in a laboratory setting, and the Certificate Course Basics of Laboratory Safety provides a complete review of hazards that can be found in a lab including management of those hazards with job safety assessments, lab inspections, and personal protective equipment.

Level 1. The following Certificate Courses make up Level 1 preparation.  Note that these are intended to be taken in the order listed below:

  • The Importance of Process Safety
    This course lays the foundation for why process safety is important. In addition to explaining the concepts of process hazards and process safety and how these differ from personal safety concerns, the course discusses the AIChE Code of Professional Ethics (CPE) and its relevance to process safety. A strong emphasis is placed on the concepts of Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) as developed by CCPS. Case studies show where these principles have successfully been practiced and where they would have improved a situation if followed. Quiz questions focus on the application of these principles to other real cases.
  • Hazard Recognition
    This course discusses what hazards are in the context of chemical process safety. In addition to hazards that are inherent properties of the materials, the course discusses hazards that are related to the physical conditions of materials or processes. Hazards that are associated with the size of the system and the surroundings or other conditions are also considered.
  • Minimizing and Identifying Process Safety Hazards
    This course presents an introduction to a number of tools used by the chemical process industry to minimize and identify process hazards and prevent catastrophic process incidents, particularly Inherently Safer Design as well as the basics of HAZOP, What-If, Fault Tree, and LOPA.
  • An Introduction to Managing Process Safety Hazards
    This course introduces a number of technical and management system tools used by the chemical process industry to manage process hazards and prevent catastrophic process incidents.

Level 2. The following Certificate Course is currently available for Level 2 preparation. Students are eligible for Level 2 courses only after completion of Level 1.

  • Understanding Hazards and Risks
    This course presents an introduction to how the elements of Process Knowledge Management and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment function in the prevention of catastrophic process incidents.

Other Level 2 Certificate Courses will be added in the future including:

  • Process Safety at a Personal Level
  • Toxicological Hazards
  • Chemical Reactivity Hazards
  • Fire Hazards
  • Explosion Hazards
  • Source Models
  • Management of Hazards and Risk: An Introduction
  • Management of Hazards and Risk: Emergency Relief
  • Management of Hazards and Risk: Safeguards other than Relief Systems
  • Management of Hazards and Risk: Hazard Identification Techniques

The following Certificates are also available, and a list of all of SAChE certificates can also be found here.

  • Nitrogen's Role in Safety (Greg Hounsell, CCPS Staff Consultant) (2014)
    Nitrogen is a staple of the chemical industry. Because it is an inert gas, nitrogen is suitable for a wide range of applications in chemical manufacturing, processing, handling, and shipping. Nitrogen is also an excellent blanketing gas that enables the safe storage and use of flammable compounds as well as help prevent combustible dust explosions. It is, however, a significant asphyxiant and safety considerations must be employed in its handling and use.
  • Process Safety Lessons Taught from Experience (Ron Willey, Northeastern University) (2011)
    This certificate is designed to provide insight into important case histories related to process safety. By learning from the mistakes of others, the hope is to avoid similar mistakes. The certificate requires about three hours to complete. Although developed for chemical engineering faculty and students, the certificate can also be used as part of the safety orientation at industrial facilities.
  • Dust Explosion Control (Joe Louvar, Wayne State University) (2010)
    Dust explosions have received a lot of attention in recent years from industry and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). CSB has made recommendations that should help prevent dust explosions, and this certificate is based on these recommendations. To obtain this certificate, students should study all of the resources below and then pass the online exam to successfully complete this Safety Certificate.
  • Inherently Safer Design (Dennis Hendershot, CCPS Staff Consultant) (2009)
    Inherently safer design has received a lot of attention in recent years from industry, environmental groups, and has even been discussed in the general public and mass media. Bills have been introduced in the United States Congress requiring consideration of inherently safer design, both for safety and also as for potential benefit in making chemical facilities less attractive targets for terrorist activity. As of the summer of 2009, these proposals had not passed in Congress, but legislation is again under consideration.
  • Safety in the Process Industries (Dan Crowl, Michigan Tech University) (2008)
    This video series entitled "Safety in the Chemical Process Industries" presents a strong introduction to the application of chemical process safety technology in an actual chemical facility. Topics include:

    • concept of corporate safety programs
    • laboratory safety inspections
    • personal protective equipment
    • process area safety features and procedures
    • DIERS methods for characterizing runaway reactions
    • equipment and methods to characterize flammable dusts and vapors
    • informal and formal safety reviews

  • Risk Assessment (Ralph W. Pike, Louisiana State University) (2008)
    This certificate uses a browser-based SAChE product to provide an overview of the methods used for risk assessment, management, and reduction with examples and exercises.
  • Runaway Reactions (Amy Theis, Fauske and Associates) (2008)
    This SACHE Student Safety Certificate focuses on managing chemical reaction hazards, particularly runaway reactions. Chemical reactions are integral to the process industries, and it is critical that reactions be properly understood in order to handle them safely. Available resources for identifying potential runaway reactions are presented in this module as well as tools for sizing relief systems to safely control and contain these potential runaway reactions.
  • Chemical Reactivity Hazards (Robert Johnson, Unwin Co.) (2008)
    This certificate uses a web-based SAChE product to provide an overview of the basic understanding of chemical reactivity hazards; supplemented with selected issues of the Process Safety Beacon from the SAChE archive.

Lists of students who successfully completed a Certificate are available from AIChE ( or AIChE Customer Service (1-800-242-4363 or

For further information, please contact AIChE Customer Service (1-800-242-4363 or

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