Safety Education and Practice in the Academic Environment | AIChE

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Process safety, and a safety culture, is needed in our higher education system not just to meet new ABET requirements, but also to meet the expectations of our industrial constituents, to prepare our students to become responsible engineers, and to enable safe learning and research environments in our own teaching and research spaces.  This session is will help attendees understand why safety education is needed in the University setting and how they can use existing resources to easily and effectively tailor a program to their unique needs.

This workshop-style session will expose attendees to key process safety concepts and provide awareness of the many resources available for use. Existing, successful programs will also be reviewed Instructors will introduce the key concepts of process safety and discuss how they can be presented across the Chemical Engineering curriculum.  Participants will develop a strategy for incorporating safety education in their classrooms, laboratories and/or departments.

Attendees will leave this course with:

  1. A preliminary plan for implementing safety education and practice into their class, department, and/or laboratory
  2. An understanding of the need for safety education in the undergraduate curricula and university research laboratories and a motivation to implement safety in the curricula
  3. An understanding of key concepts on process safety proven methods presently in use in the undergraduate curricula, and awareness of the multiple resources for incorporation of safety education and practice in both the undergraduate curricula and the research laboratories

Workshop Agenda:

Time  Topic
8:00 - 8:45 AM

Introductions, Expectations, and Motivations 
Why should we be interest in incorporating safety in our curriculum? We are following the rules, so what is wrong with the "status quo" of our curriculum and our research laboratories?

Room 302

8:45 - 9:45 AM

To ABET and Beyond!
Yes, the 600 lbf Gorilla has spoken and we need to know how to follow those rules.... But safety is also part of our ethical responsibility as engineers and is key to societies' acceptance for our right to practice.... 

Room 302

9:45 - 12:15 PM

Breakout focus groups:

  • Safety is Technical: Vessel Charging Example (Room 302)
  • "Oh the things we need to know": Boot Camp Overview (Room 409)
  • Safety Practice in Academia: Creating Safe and Productive Research and Teaching Laboratories (Room 408)
    Attendees will choose one of the 3 breakout topics. Each breakout session includes awareness building, best practices, resource lists, and an opportunity to work with each other to discuss and develop materials to take back to your institution. 
12:15 -1:30 PM 

Lunch and Guest Speaker
"Inspiring Process Safety Leadership - The Executive Role" 15 Minute video stresses the industry perspective on process safety. Following the video, an industry representative will present and lead a discussion o nwhat industry needs from the academic institutions. 

Room 302

1:30 - 2:30 PM Taking the Fun Out.....

Dynamic Speaker(s) from Eastman Chemicals 

Room 302

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Best Practices and Available Resources 
This session will feature the results of a study of global best practices and incorporate group discussions and short breakout activities

Room 302

3:30 - 3:45 PM  Break 
3:45 - 4:30 PM 

Big Picture Overview of Program Needs and Program Implementation Options
Short presentations by the instructors will summarize the key messages of the workshop. The discussion will then be based on attendees' interests, with breakout activities if appropriate 

Room 302

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Wrap up 
Collection of workshop follow - up items and feedbacks. Certificate presentation

Room 302

Registration Info

Registration Fee:
Professionals: $75
Graduate Students: $50
(Lunch will be provided)

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