15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This course integrates risk assessment, safety management systems (SMS) and safety culture within the chemical industry showing how they can be assessed and improved. The use of quantified risk assessment as a measure of safety and a tool to reduce risk is demonstrated using computerised tools. The measurement of safety management systems against the HSE model is explained and expanded to show how safety can be improved through correct management techniques. The key elements are presented behind the writing of Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) safety reports to demonstrate SMS systems. The course aims to give: an understanding of the role of the safety management system in the delivery of safety in industrial scale chemical operations; an understanding of the legal framework within which safety management operates in the chemical industry; an appreciation of the methods used to construct and operate an effective safety management system; an understanding of the way in which risk data is used within a safety management decision making process.

Staff Contact: Prof M Considine
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK