Facts, Paths & Targets (Hazards, Excursions and Risk): What Every New Graduate Should Know about Process Safety

Originally delivered Jul 9, 2014
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Every chemical engineering graduate practices process safety. Consequently, process safety should receive more emphasis than it currently does in the curriculum. 

This webinar focuses on the minimum required for professional practice upon graduation. Topics include facts about hazards that student should know and discussion of some of the principal events which have shaped process safety practice. But, the topics go far beyond facts. 

The webinar focuses on what students should gain by reading of past events from an education outcome view. The webinar addresses the paths for hazards to escape. It focuses on evaluation of the impact or severity should the hazards escape. And, it focuses on the methods to block those excursions so that hazards are kept under control. Inherent safety and active response methods are included in the discussion. Process safety practice is a creative, critical exercise and education must focus on development of creative, critical, integrative thinking skills capitalizing on the fundamentals of traditional topics. Outcomes, student activities and evaluation methods are included.

Whether graduates go into the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, biochemical, biomedical, electrochemical or any other field in which chemical engineers practice, they will practice process safety. Governments around the world require that industry demonstrate that they operate with tolerable risk to society. Therefore, chemical engineering graduates must be as well versed in process safety as they are in the traditional aspects of chemical engineering education. ABET in North America requires process safety in the curriculum.


Colin Howat

Colin S. ‘Chip’ Howat is the principal associate of C. S. Howat & Associates (HowatRisk.com), the consulting firm he established in 1979. This firm emphasizes plant performance, process hazards, process risk and process design/modeling analysis. The firm has clients in the petrochemical, food, crop science, process simulation and litigation fields. 

He was on the University of Kansas faculty from 1981 to 2009 where his teaching emphasis was process design and process safety. He developed the Process Safety syllabus at KU before Bhopal. His outcomes evolved as the industry events...Read more

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