(516d) Incorporation of Che Safety into the Core Curriculum
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 1:33pm to 1:54pm
This presentation will provide the details of the structure of how we have implemented a hands-on design project in the first CHE Pillar course (the primary design criteria is safety), the structure of the laboratory courses (which provides hands-on laboratory experiences for 300-350 students each semester â for five consecutive semesters), the incorporation of the SAChE training completed over five semesters, implementation of safety in various pillar design projects, and the integration of process safety in the final capstone process design course (where students complete process synthesis, equipment design, process optimization, process safety, process economics, and consider the impact of their design solution in global, economic, environmental and social context). In addition, an overview of the CHE Safety and Ethics course will be provided, in which the students are required to successfully complete ten SAChE modules that complement seven other modules completed in their pillar lab courses, thereby allowing them to complete both the Basic and Intermediate SAChE curricula. Each week, class begins with a âSafety Minuteâ (actually 10-minute) review of a Chemical Safety Board incident report and video; these 14 cases cover a wide range of industrial incidents, all of which cause injuries and most of which resulted in fatalities. With respect to the remaining class time, four major incidents are used to provide a case-study framework for explaining the main concepts of plant health and safety. Finally, student teams are asked to report on the technical, economic, global, environmental, and regulatory aspects of the Deepwater Horizon incident and an oilfield explosion. The groups are also asked to provide design concepts that would minimize the chances of the oilfield explosion from re-occurring.