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A Course On Health, Safety, And Accident Management

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.24.1 - 6.24.8



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Louis Theodore

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Joseph Reynolds

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Ann Marie Flynn

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Session 1413

A Course on Health, Safety & Accident Management Ann Marie Flynn, Joseph Reynolds, and Louis Theodore Department of Chemical Engineering Manhattan College Riverdale, New York

I. Introduction

The rapid growth and expansion of the chemical industry has been accompanied by a spontaneous rise in human, material, and property losses because of fires, explosions, hazardous and toxic spills, equipment failures, other accidents, and business interruptions. Concern over the potential consequences of catastrophic accidents, particularly at chemical and petrochemical plants, has sparked interest at both the industrial and regulatory levels in obtaining a better understanding of the subject of Health, Safety, and Accident Management (HS&AM). The development of this course was undertaken, in part, as a result of this growing concern.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) requires that engineering graduates understand the engineer’s responsibility to protect both occupational and public health safety. Traditionally, engineering schools have done a superb job of educating their students on the fundamental laws of nature governing their fields and on the application of these laws to engineering problems. Unfortunately, they have been less successful in conveying to the students the importance of occupational and environmental safety in the design of chemical processes. This concern also served as a driving force for the development of this course.

This course is divided into five parts: the problem(s), accidents, health risk, hazard risk, and hazard risk analysis. Part I, an introduction to HS&AM, presents legal considerations, emergency planning, and emergency response. This Part basically serves as an overview to the more technical topics covered in the remainder of the course. Part II treats the broad subject of accidents—discussing fires, explosions and other accidents. Parts III and IV provide introductory material to health and hazard risk assessment, respectively. Part V examines hazard risk analysis in significant detail. This final Part includes material on fundamentals of applicable statistics theory, and the calculations and applications of hazard risk analysis in real systems. In addition to a detailed course outline, the paper is complimented with three illustrative examples and a homework problem set.

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Theodore, L., & Reynolds, J., & Flynn, A. M. (2001, June), A Course On Health, Safety, And Accident Management Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9053

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