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Module Code - Title:

ER4627 - Safety and Industry

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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

To provide an understanding of the principles of accident causation and prevention in the workplace. To familiarise the student with hazard and process safety analysis techniques as practised in industry.


Principles of accident prevention; accident causation modes, risk identification, evaluation and control, hazard reduction techniques, design out, safety devices, warning devices. Hazard analysis, HAZAN, frequency, consequence, ALARA, Fatal Accident Rate, Hazard rate. Process Safety Analysis, HAZOP, guide words, what if reports, Fault tree analysis, primary and intermediate events, gate symbols, transfer symbols, Fire & explosion Indices. Fire safety management, current legal requirements, fire hazard identification, and risk assessment, active and passive fire protection, safe operating procedures, fire training, information and communication. Selected industrial case studies.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

On successful completion of this module students should be able to 1. Describe the general principles of accident causation as applied to industry 2. Illustrate the significance of human factors in accident causation 3. Categorise the key aspects associated with the concept of ôinherently safer designö 4. Outline the general principles associated with hazard identification, risk evaluation and risk reduction/control 5. Describe the hazard analysis techniques commonly used in industry today (e.g. Process Hazard Analysis, HAZOP, Fault Tree Analysis, Fire & Explosion Indices, etc.) 6. Apply hazard analysis techniques in the safer design of chemical and other industrial processes. 7. Evaluate fire safety management practices.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

On successful completion of this module students should be able to 1. Embrace the need for evaluation of human factors in the prevention of workplace accidents and injury.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

On successful completion of this module students should be able to 1. Compose and present a review which focuses on the health and safety aspects of the studentÆs co-operative education industrial placement

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

This module will be taught over a 12 week period through a formal interactive lecturing mode (3 x 1-hour lectures per week). Oral presentations by the students will also be incorporated into the lecture schedule. The module will be assessed by means of a final written exam (75 % of marks) and group oral presentations 25% of marks.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Not applicable

Prime Texts:

Sanders R.E. (2005) 3rd Ed Chemical Process Safety: Learning from case histories 3rd ed. , Elsevier Butterworth Heinmann
Barton J. (2002) Dust Explosion, Prevention and Protection , IChemE
Kletz, T.A. (1999) HAZOP & HAZAN, 4th ed. , Taylor & Francis
King, R. W. (1998) King's Safety in the Process Industries 2nd ed. , Arnold
Bahr, Nicholas J. (1997) System Safety Engineering and Risk Assessment : A Practical Approach , Taylor & Francis
Lees, Frank P. (1996) Loss Prevention in the Process Industries: Hazard Identification, Assessment., 2nd ed. , Butterworth-Heinemann

Other Relevant Texts:

Kletz, T.A. (1998) Process Plants: A Handbook for Inherently Safer Design , Taylor & Francis

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Autumn - 09/10

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