SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH824745
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This aim of this module is to provide the student safety concerns in a chemical industry


Introduction to the framework of health and safety legislation; Health and Safety at work Act 1974(HASAW Act); The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1971 (OSHA); The occupational health and safety regulation of sultanate of Oman (Ministerial decision 286/2008; Health and Safety Foundations: The Nature and Scope of Health and Safety; Cost of accident; General Principles of Accident Prevention; Risk assessment. Classification of Substances Hazardous to Health; Health Hazards of Specific Agents, Control of Substances Hazardous to Heath (COSHH); Fundamentals of hazard reduction techniques and management of risk. Introduction to Industrial hygiene and occupational Health. Chemical process safety; Process safety management; Hazard identification techniques; hazards and operability studies, HAZAN. Toxic release and dispersion models, parameters affecting dispersion; Fires and explosions, Hazardous area Classification and Control of Ignition Sources, Principles and standards of intrinsic safety. Design to prevent fires and explosions and the concept of reliefs; l ocation of reliefs; relief types; relief sizing. Safety in Chemical Plants, Management of risk in Hydrocarbon & H2S atmosphere, Working in confined space, Safe use of electricity, welding safety, safety of handling compressed gases, radiation safety, safety in mechanical and manual material handling, working at height. Selection and use of PPE. Accident investigation and analysis: learning from accidents; investigation process; reporting.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to 1. Describe the fundamental concepts related to chemical process safety. (AM1)2. Assess the effects/impact of toxicology. (AM1)3. Identify, evaluate and control of industrial hygiene. (AM1, AM7)4. Identify and assess fire safety parameters. (AM1)5. Apply the principles of process safety management. (AM1)6. Assess and control risks including those with hazardous substances. (AM7)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Synthesis of class room lectures without and with OHP/Transparency sheets, power point projections, guest lectures, seminars and tutorials. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material discussed during lecture sessions. It also serves as a platform of technical discussions to clarify any queries that arise from directed studies .

Indicative Reading

Crowl, D.A. and Louvar J.F, 2002, Chemical Process Safety: Fundamentals with Applications, Second Edition, Prentice Hall. Deshmukh L.M ,2005 Industrial Safety Management : Tata McGraw Asfahl. G.Ray, 2003 Industrial Safety & Health Management IV Edn: Prentice Hall John Ridly Butterworth 1999. Work place safety (Vol. 4 of the safety at work), ISBN: 0-7506-4560-1 David L.Goetsch, 2008 Occupational Safety and Health for Technologists, Engineers and Managers VI Edn :Pearson Prentice Hall Willie Hammer Dennis Price 2001 Occupational Safety Management and Engineering V Edn :Prentice Hall.

Transferrable Skills

Critically thinking, problem solving

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 n/a Mid-term Test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 n/a End-term Test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 n/a Assignment (Written Report 2000 words) and Presentation (Based on Report) is the coursework (50%). To be made linked assessment elements.