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Inherently Safer Design


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Get up-to-date on a fundamentally different approach to safety in the manufacture and use of chemicals. In one day, you’ll learn about inherently safer product and process design (ISD) as a way to eliminate or significantly reduce hazards—rather than develop add-on protective systems and procedures. You’ll examine risk management layers of protection—inherent, passive, active and procedural—and how and why to build features from all categories into your program. You’ll discover strategies for identifying inherently safer options and see examples that illustrate what you learn. You’ll consider how all processes and materials have multiple hazards and learn how to manage the conflicts among the risks associated with different alternatives.  By the end of the course you’ll have the tools, resources and knowledge to build safety into any phase in the life cycle of a chemical process and eliminate or significantly minimize hazards to protect your people, the environment and your business.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define inherently safer design (ISD).

  • Describe the history of ISD and the lessons to be learned.

  • Arrange the process safety management hierarchy.

  • Estimate strategies for identifying inherently safer options.

  • Discuss design conflicts and barriers.

  • Identify tools and resources to help you implement ISD.

Who Should Attend:

Professionals responsible for or involved in process development, design and operation, including:

  • Chemical engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Process engineers and scientists
  • Chemists
  • Plant and process safety risk managers

Day One

  • Introduction
  • Process Safety Moment
  • Definitions and basic concepts
  • History of ISD
  • Philosophy of ISD
  • Process Safety Management Hierarchy
  • ISD Strategies
  • ISD Conflicts
  • Measuring inherent safety
  • Cost impacts of ISD
  • ISD Tools
  • Case Study
  • ISD Barriers
  • Resources

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