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Ageing Assets: Managing the Risks

03 September 2024


From challenging environments, such as chemical plants and offshore installations, to more conventional workplaces, where there is a requirement to manage ageing equipment and machinery, organisations need to know that the assets they are responsible for are safe and that the right management systems are in place to keep them that way.

Managing ageing assets is becoming an ever more important issue as the UK's industrial base ages. This has been highlighted by HSE's inspection programmes of ageing plants both onshore and offshore.

This course will help delegates manage ageing plant by providing the motivation to take action, showing and discussing examples of how the ageing process can affect equipment and by outlining an approach to aid decision making in the management of ageing plant and equipment.

Being conscious of creeping change, the small changes that are gradual in nature, unseen and not planned, but can add up to a significant change, is an important consideration for organisations who wish to proactively manage their ageing assets. The course will explain in detail the background and development of the Creeping Change HAZard IDentification (CCHAZID) methodology that was developed by HSE and published as guidance by the Energy Institute (EI)

Learning outcomes

Delegates will be provided with information that will help them to:

  • Understand creeping change and why they need to be aware of it
  • Know how and why the CCHAZID methodology was developed
  • Understand how they can use their data more effectively to better monitor performance
  • Learn from past incidents associated with poor asset management due to creeping change

What the course will cover

This course provides an introduction and background to ageing assets and their associated issues, and an introduction to creeping change. It will also cover CCHAZID methods developed by HSE for the EI. Delegates will examine Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), data management and trending. There will be interactive learning elements, where delegates will study past incidents involving ageing assets and creeping change.

Who should attend?

This course introduces the concept of creeping change and is suitable for safety professionals, engineers and managers who are responsible for managing ageing assets, or who have ageing assets on their site.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton.

Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to major roads and motorways, mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


£690 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

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Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

Some of our training courses can also be delivered in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704

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