Swayam Central

HSE Practices for Offshore and Petroleum Industries

By Prof.Srinivasan Chandarsekaran   |   IIT Madras
The course will give an overview of the safety and environmental issues in the petroleum industry. It will provide detailed understanding of the methods and techniques to resolve these key issues for making petroleum production and processing, cleaner and safer. This course would educate the participants to identify and assess hazards in any stage of operation, to quantify and manage them as well. This course will also highlight lessons learnt from the past accidents. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : All branches of Engineering faculty, students,researchers and Engineering professionals and Diploma Program
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  : Oil and Petroleum Companies, both in India and abroad, Consulting organizations, Safety Executive Teams

Learners enrolled: 885


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 16 Nov 2019
Category :
Level : Undergraduate
This is an AICTE approved FDP course


Module 1: Environmental issues and management
Environmental impact and management
Impact of oil and gas industry in marine environment
Oil hydrocarbons in marine environment
Chemical disposal of offshore industry and environmental management
Dispersion models and atmospheric pollution
Dispersion models continued..
Hazard assessment

Module 2: Operational Safety
Introduction to HSE
Safety assurance
Safety in design and operations
Organizing for safety
Hazard classification and assessment, Hazard evaluation and control

Module 3: Accident modeling, risk assessment & management
Dose assessment, safety regulations
Toxic releases- models and methods
Chemical risk analysis
Quantitative risk assessment
Fire and explosion models
Flammability diagrams
Fire and explosion: prevention methods         ​
Event tree and fault tree analyses
Process safety management
Software used in HSE


Text books
 1. Ale B. J. M. 2002. Risk assessment practices in The Netherlands Safety Science, 40, 105-126.
 2. Jan Erik Vinnem. 2007. Offshore Risk Assessment: Principles, Modeling and Applications of QRA studies. Springer, 577pp.
 3. Patin Stanislav. 1999. Environmental Impact of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. Eco Monitor Publishing, USA, 425pp.
 4. Ramamurthy, K. 2011. Explosions and explosion safety, Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi, INDIA, pp. 288.
 5. Skelton, B. 1997. Process safety analysis, Gulf Publishing Company, Houston, 210pp.
6. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran. 2016a. Offshore structural engineering: Reliability and Risk Assessment. CRC Press, Florida, ISBN:978-14-987-6519-0
7. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran. 2016b. Health, Safety and Environmental Management in Offshore and Petroleum Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 978-11-192-2184-5.
8. Terje Aven and Jan Erik Vinnem. 2007. Risk Management with applications from Offshore Petroleum Industry. Springer, 200pp.
9. Trevor Kletz. 2003. Still going wrong: Case histories and plant disasters, Elsevier, pp. 230.
10. Valerie J. Sutherland, Cary L. Cooper. 1991. Stress and accidents in offshore, oil and gas industries, Gulf Publishing Co., Houston, pp. 227.

Additional reference materials
 1. Crawley, F., M. Preston, and B. Tyler: “HAZOP: Guide to best practice. Guidelines to best practice for the process and chemical industries”. European Process Safety Centre and Institution of Chemical Engineers, 2000
2. DNV Phast Risk , Det Norske Veritas, 2005, User manual- Version 6.7.
 3. IEC 61882. “Hazard and operability studies (HAZOP studies) – Application guide”. International Electro technical Commission, Geneva.
 4. IS1656:2006, Indian Standard Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis-Code of Practice, Bureau of Indian Standards, 2006
5. Kyriakdis, I.: “HAZOP - Comprehensive Guide to HAZOP in CSIRO”, CSIRO Minerals, National Safety Council of Australia, 2003
6. Lees, F.P. 1996. Loss Prevention in Process Industries: Hazard identification, Assessment and Control, Vol. 1-3, Butterwort-Heinemann, Oxford, 1245pp.
 7. OGP Risk Assessment Data Directory: Report No.434-1, Process Release Frequencies, March 2010.
 8. OISD - GDN - 169, OISD Guidelines on Small LPG bottling plants (Design and Fire Protection Facilities), Oil Industry Safety Directorate, Amended edition, 2011.
 9. OISD Standard - 116, Fire Protection Facilities for Petroleum Refineries and Oil/Gas Processing Plants, Oil Industry Safety Directorate, Amended edition, 2002
10. OISD Standard - 144, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Installations, Oil Industry Safety Directorate, Second edition, 2005.
11. OISD Standard - 150, Design and Safety Requirements for Liquefied Petroleum Gas Mounded Storage Facility, Oil Industry Safety Directorate, 2013.


Prof.Srinivasan Chandarsekaran
is currently a Professor in the Dept. of Ocean Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. He has teaching, research and industrial experience of about 23 years during which he has supervised many sponsored research projects and offshore consultancy assignments both in India and abroad. His active areas of research include dynamic analysis and design of offshore platforms, Development of geometric forms of complaint offshore structures for ultra-deep water oil exploration and production, sub-sea engineering, Rehabilitation and retrofitting of offshore platforms, structural health monitoring of ocean structures, seismic analysis and design of structures and risk analyses and reliability studies of offshore and petroleum engineering plants. He has been also a visiting fellow under the invitation of Ministry of Italian University Research to University of Naples Federico II, Italy for a period of two years during which he conducted research on advanced nonlinear modelling and analysis of structures under different environmental loads with experimental verifications. He has about 110 research publications in International journals and refereed conferences organized by professional societies around the world. Four text books authored by him are quite popular amongst graduate students of civil and ocean engineering and recommended as reference material for class room studies and research as well. He also delivered four web-based courses namely: i) Dynamic analysis of ocean structures; ii) Ocean structures and materials; iii) Advanced marine structures; and iv) Health, safety and Management in offshore and petroleum engineering. He is a member of many National and International professional bodies and delivered many invited lectures and key note address in the international conferences, workshops and seminars in India and abroad


  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 16 November 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT  Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched