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Title: Enhancing the Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Curriculum with an Industrial Process Safety Approach PDF
Url: http://search.asee.org/search/fetch?url=file%3A%2F%2Flocalhost%2FE%3A...
Creator: Vaughen, Bruce
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: This paper summarizes the industrial process risk analysis approach that was used to enhance a chemical engineering unit operations laboratory, training the students about process safety in an inherently low-risk environment. The approach is based on more than ten years of industrial process hazards analysis experience, which includes assessing for process-related hazards and reducing process-related risks. Before the students began the experimental phase of their laboratory project, they documented that they understood the potential hazardous events related to their project. The students completed a series of Project Risk Analysis (PRA) check sheets which listed both the hazards addressed in the OSHA Process Safety Management standard (i.e., fire, explosion, and toxic release) as well as other area and personnel safety-related hazards (e.g., noise, utilities, etc.). Then the students evaluated the risks of these worst case events using a consequence versus likelihood risk matrix, with the consequences, the likelihood, and the risk qualitatively ranked as low, medium, or high. Before running their experiments, the students documented that the risks had been addressed and were reduced as much as is practical. They noted the design and implementation of any engineering controls, any administrative controls, and, if needed, any required personal protective equipment (PPE). The students documented awareness of potential hazards in their surroundings by documenting an area tour, as well. Whether the students continue onto graduate school or begin their careers at a plant site, this approach provides them with awareness tools that will help them ensure their safety when working in their new and potentially hazardous environment.
LC Classification: Technology -- Chemical technology -- Chemical engineering
Technology -- Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering -- Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering -- Sewage collection and disposal systems. Sewerage -- Sewage disposal systems -- Treatment, purification, etc. -- Removal of specific chemical elements, compounds, etc., A-Z -- Hazardous wastes
Technology -- Technology (General) -- Industrial safety. Industrial accident prevention
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Science -- Instructional issues
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Health -- Safety
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2011-06-23 03:00:05 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-12 14:15:59 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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