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The Role Of Process Safety Management In The Manufacturing Engineering Technology Curriculum

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.642.1 - 5.642.6



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Charles U. Okonkwo

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Jerry Gintz

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The Role of Process Safety Management in the Manufacturing Engineering Curriculum Charles U. Okonkwo And Jerry Gintz

Arizona State University East


Process safety management (PSM) is fast becoming a necessary constituent of a manufacturing engineering student’s education. The impact of government regulations relating to environmental and safety concerns in the manufacturing arena requires students entering the workforce to be trained in the basics of PSM. No longer is it acceptable, either ethically or financially, to produce a product without regard to the impact that the product has on the environment or the people who produce it. Government regulations maintain boundaries for the manufacturing industry to adhere to, and will undoubtedly become increasingly more stringent as we learn more about the consequences of present day manufacturing techniques.

Process Safety Management utilizes a collection of fourteen “tools” that together form a comprehensive approach to maintaining a safe work environment while providing the flexibility to transition with the ever changing manufacturing industry. These tools provide the basis for a long-term look at the different products manufacturing enterprise produce and the potential consequences associated with these products during their life cycles. The key to the successful implementation of PSM throughout industry is to provide the manufacturing engineering student an education that views PSM as an extension to the more conventional design and process technology curriculum. As PSM becomes more universally accepted by the manufacturing industry, engineering students with even a basic exposure to the established practices of PSM will be sought after to fill newly established positions within an organization. It is therefore, the responsibility of the engineering and technology programs to incorporate PSM into the established Manufacturing Engineering curriculum to broaden the student’s overall educational experience while shedding some light on an often overlooked element of the manufacturing process.

We propose a course that gives a cursory treatment of the fourteen tools of PSM and uses the capstone design course as a case study to provide practical application and better comprehension. Excellent clarity is achieved, because the students in the capstone course actually manufacture some equipment or device. Those tools that are heavily involved in the equipment/device manufacture can be covered in greater detail.

Okonkwo, C. U., & Gintz, J. (2000, June), The Role Of Process Safety Management In The Manufacturing Engineering Technology Curriculum Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8676

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