Project Health, Safety and Environment Review

Project Health, Safety and Environment Reviews (PHSER’s) involve a multi-discipline team of engineers, HSE and other specialists review documentation and activities at various different design and construction phases of a project, then through operations to abandonment. It is a high level HSE audit designed to assist a project team to be in compliance with corporate philosophies, applicable codes, standards and regulatory requirements.

The main purpose of the PHSER is to provide assurance to the Client that sensitive HSE areas have been identified and provide confidence that appropriate project engineering and operational procedures, including those for Occupational Health (OH), Safety, Fire Protection, Environmental Pollution Prevention, Energy Efficiency and Emergency Procedures have been, or will be developed to control and manage the identified risks within a risk based design.

To summarise, the main objectives of a PHSER are:

  • To give assurance to Senior Management and the Client / Operator that HSE issues identified in each stage on each project are being addressed, at the appropriate time.
  • To ensure that corporate philosophies towards a risk based design are being applied.
  • To add value from conception to operational handover throughout the design and construction phases of projects, also during operation and abandonment.

The project HSE Review procedure is scheduled in seven stages, following the traditionally recognised phases of a project life cycle, meaning from conception to abandonment.

Each PHSER stage will review documentation relevant to the particular project phase, agreed actions arising from previous stage reports and any specialised studies.


Depending on the project stage where PHSER is implemented, the required documentation will vary. However, the following information would be typically required in order to conduct the workshop:

– Hazard Identification (HAZID) and Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) studies

– Hazard and Effects Registers

– Health, Safety and Environmental Impact Assessment (HSEIA) – Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) reports

– Environmental Impact Assessments

– Fire Safety Assessments

– Quantified Risk Assessment

– Occupational Health Reviews

– Energy Studies

– Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS)

– Emergency Response procedures

Based on the project requirements, additional information may be required, which will be highlighted within the Terms of Reference (ToR).

PHSER team compositions shall be selected according to the requirements of each PHSER stage and nature of the project. As a minimum, the following personnel would be required in order to conduct the workshop:

– Operations representative

– EMPD project representative

– Technical safety specialist

– HSE Engineer

– Control / Electrical / Instrumentation Engineer

– Process Engineer

Based on the project requirements, additional personnel may be required to attend the workshop, which will be highlighted within the ToR.

On award of the study ES will issue a project ToR or PHSER plan, which will highlight the assumptions that shall be made in the study, along with data sources that will be utilised as well as any further information required from the client.

Upon acceptance of the ToR, ES will facilitate the PHSER study through a workshop providing the facilitator and scribe. Once the workshop has been conducted, ES will prepare a PHSER report describing the design under review, the scope, a detailed methodology, the PHSER worksheets, a summary of the PHSER conclusions and the recommendations based on the discussions during the workshop.

ES are globally renowned facilitators of PHSER studies having conducted many hours of PHSER studies, with a team of TUV Rheinland certified Functional Safety Engineers available for facilitation. For more information, or to discuss your needs for conducting a PHSER study, please contact us using the form below or email [email protected]