The CIA runs conferences, seminars and workshops across the whole spectrum of interest areas for the chemical industry. Our experience, expertise and knowledge of the industry ensure that our events are pertinent, highly informative and make sure that you and your staff have all the latest intelligence on the most important issues of the day - and all at impressive discounts to members

If your company is not currently a CIA member, visit the About Us section on this site to find out more about the benefits of membership, or call Dawn McCaughey on 020 7963 6748 or email

Specific contact details are provided for each of our events listed below but if you would like further information on attending any of our CIA events, please contact Mavis Wright on 020 7963 6737, or e-mail events.

  • Shutdowns, turnarounds and outages - Operational excellence, innovation and cross sector training

    29 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017 - Radisson Blue Hotel, Edinburgh

    This 2 day conference provides an insight into best in class performance of shutdowns and turnarounds in the process industries, utilising operator focused case studies and sharing the lessons learnt.

    This operator focussed event will provide a mechanism for sharing good and bad practice, tools utilised and performance in turnarounds across a range of process industry sectors. It will include for the first time a spot light on technology that is being used to improve turnaround performance.

    Conference day 1 will have an interactive workshop, used to identify and work on the key issues and challenges we are trying to overcome during turnarounds.

    Conference day 2 contains inputs from experienced turnaround personnel from different companies.

    If you are interested in attending the event please contact Debby Law directly – 

    Debby Law will be dealing with all registrations for this event.

  • IUCLID 6 Practical Training for Registrants

    30 Mar 2017 - Leeds Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 6ET

    This workshop will help users quickly get up to speed with the new software. Attendees will gain familiarity with the main user functions of the software, equipping them with the skills required to compile registration dossiers. Whether you have no experience with IUCLID and are expecting to be a first time registrant or you are looking to refresh your IUCLID knowledge to tackle the changes the updated software will implement, this day will kick-start your knowledge.

  • DSEAR - Practical Application

    30 Mar 2017 - Hilton Leeds City Hotel, Neville Street, Leeds, LS1 4BX

    The application of the ATEX directive and its UK implementation through DSEAR by companies has been shown to be of variable quality.  DSEAR sets minimum requirements for the protection of workers from risks related to dangerous substances.

    Dangerous substances are substances used or present at work that could, if not properly controlled, cause harm to people as a result of a fire or explosion, or corrosion of metal. They can be found in nearly all workplaces and include such things as solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG), dusts from machining and sanding operations, dusts from foodstuffs, pressurised gases and substances corrosive to metal.Common criticisms of DSEAR implementation have included:

    • Lack of understanding of DSEAR
    • Ineffective application of or failure to implement guidance
    • Inconsistency of application
    • Failure to integrate DSEAR into the wider Process Safety Management System
    • Failure of management to understand, and thereby adequately resource, DSEAR duties.

    and case studies and provide opportunities to understand the implications for your own organisation.

    This course has been specifically designed for personnel working within management positions and those involved in the implementation of DSEAR. The course will provide an overview of the
    applicable legislation and guidance and the management processes involved, to provide a strategic overview of DSEAR.

  • Functional Safety Management Awareness Course

    06 Apr 2017 - Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel, Hale Road, Hale Barns, Manchester, WA15 8XW

    Safety Instrumented Systems (SISs) are used in many applications, as Independent Protection Layers (IPLs) to avoid major accident hazards.  It is essential that these SIS are suitably defined, from first principles, so that the required Safety Integrity Levels (SILs) can be derived.

    The standards refer to a Functional Safety Lifecycle approach which covers SIS definition, SIL determination, design, testing and decommissioning.  They also require that any work is carried out by suitably qualified and experienced personnel and that the systems are tested and maintained in an appropriate and well documented manner.

    This course will provide an overview of current standards, guidance and the management processes involved in managing Functional Safety to allow participants to act as the intelligent customer. The HSE defines Intelligent Customer Capability as The capability of the organisation to have a clear understanding and knowledge of the product or service being supplied”.

    Training will be in the form of a one day course consisting of presentations, workshop exercises and case studies. The interactive workshop sessions will allow candidates to apply some of the techniques to ‘real world’ situations.

  • REACH Registration: Data Essentials for the 2018 deadline

    20 Apr 2017 - REACHReady offices, Kings Buildings, Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JJ

    This workshop will be of interest to anyone who needs to gain a better understanding of the implications of the information requirements of REACH. It will be particularly relevant to those working on REACH registrations for the 2018 deadline, as well as those dealing with evaluation decisions from previous deadlines. The day will also benefit regulatory specialists, safety data sheet authors and product managers involved in chemical safety, as well as R&D scientists who need to screen novel chemistries.

  • Media and Crisis Communications Training Course

    25 Apr 2017 - CIA Offices, Kings Buildings, Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JJ

    Effective handling of the media in the aftermath of an unplanned for event will help ensure your reputation stays intact and secure your future. This intensive training course will give you the tools, techniques, practice and confidence to handle all branches of the media. Essential for site managers, press officers and any manager who may need to face the media. This course is run by an ex professional journalists with industry experience.

  • Maintaining your REACH Registrations: Dossier Quality, Evaluation and CoRAP

    25 Apr 2017 - Radisson Blue Hotel Manchester Airport, Chicago Avenue, M90 3RD

    This workshop is aimed at regulatory managers and practitioners working in the chemical manufacturing and importing sectors and will be of particular interest to those who submitted dossiers for the 2010 and 2013 registration deadlines; it will also benefit those working towards 2018 registrations who are seeking to ensure their dossiers are of good quality.

  • Permit to Work Training Course

    26 Apr 2017 - The Innovation Centre, Sci-Tech Daresbury, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, WA4 4FS

    A permit is needed when maintenance work can only be carried out if normal safeguards are dropped or when new hazards are introduced by the work. Don’t assume that your system is a good one just because you have not yet had a serious accident. An HSE survey showed that a third of all accidents in the chemical industry were maintenance-related, the largest single cause being a lack of, or deficiency in, permit-to-work systems.

    The course is designed for anyone who needs to complete, authorise or check Permit to Work Systems. In addition to looking at good practice and getting practical experience delegates will learn about what the law says, HSE expectations, common reasons for failure of PTW systems and good and bad examples from across the industry.

  • COMAH Safety Report Requirements

    27 Apr 2017 - Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Bottle Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE8 2AR

    The Seveso III Directive was implemented through COMAH 2015. Changes include the re-classification of chemicals to align them with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for the classification, labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures, a greater focus on land-use planning and the provision of information to the general public, which must be made available electronically.

    This course explores the requirements of COMAH including the recent changes and will suggest practical pragmatic approaches to compiling COMAH Safety Reports in line with HSE requirements, so assisting in the quality and efficiency.

  • Competence Management - A Practical Approach

    04 May 2017 - Cardfiff Marriott Hotel, Mill Lane, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 1EZ

    Assessing and assuring competence can be a large task, but one that is essential to maintaining site and process safety, particularly on high hazard sites. People at all levels of the organization are central to controlling Major Accident Hazards.

    The HSE Chemicals Sector Strategy, identified that maintaining competence was a “key challenge for industries within the sector” and as a result Competency Management has been identified as one of the key HSE inspection topics for 2012-2015.  This course will discuss the HSE’s expectations and inspection programme whilst delivering practical best practice advice in managing competence for high hazard industries.

    This course has been developed specifically for those middle / senior managers with an active responsibility for competency management within your organisation, for example;

    •           Site managers

    •           Group managers

    •           Operations / production managers

    •           Health, safety and environmental managers

    •           Engineering and maintenance managers

    •           Laboratory managers / supervisors

    •           Human resources and training personnel

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