SAChE® Certificate Program - Facility Siting | AIChE

SAChE® Certificate Program - Facility Siting

This course is designed to introduce the student to Facility Siting concepts that are used to evaluate process safety risks associated with the location of the process units within a facility. The goals of a facility siting analysis include understanding and evaluating the process safety risks associated with the location of

  1. a new facility or process
  2. a new or expanded process at an existing facility
  3. new or modified equipment within a process
  4. people working at or near the hazardous processes.

The student is introduced to facility siting concepts, with the concepts illustrated through several case studies of significant incidents. After taking this course the student will understand the importance of addressing facility siting risks during hazard and risk analysis.

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Unit 1:

  • Understand the driving forces behind "Facility Siting" evaluations on how to assess the risks associated to people in occupied buildings in areas with process safety hazards and risks.
  • Identify how the BP Texas City explosion influenced regulations (i.e., the US OSHA's regulation), other governmental entities, and the industry's expectations for safe siting of occupied structures (i.e., API RP 752 and API RP 753)

Unit 2:

  • Explain the different methods, both qualitative and quantitative, to address the siting and layout issues at facilities
  • Identify hazardous scenarios that could affect occupied buildings, including the effects of toxic releases, fires, and explosions

Unit 3:

Understand how to analyze the risks associated with potentially vulnerable locations of control rooms or other occupied buildings and whether a building can provide a shelter-in-place location for toxic release scenarios

Unit 4:

  • Understand how risk results are used in siting and layout studies of facilities, processes, and their equipment using the 1) the location of a facility, 2) the distances between process units, 3) the distances between equipment, and 4) the distances between the hazardous areas and the locations of people
  • Explain the different methods, both qualitative and quantitative, to address the siting and layout issues at facilities, including their benefits and limitations used in both smaller Management of Change (MOC)-related projects or larger facility-wide projects

This advanced course is for upper-level chemical engineering undergraduates who have had some exposure to process safety, especially the Hazards Identification and Risk Analysis (HIRA) concept. The course should be taken as an introduction by those interested in the fundamental concepts of Facility Siting as applied to process safety risk analyses.

Prerequisites to the coarse is a basic understanding of chemical hazards, their associated risks, and their contribution to major process safety incidents.

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Facility Siting
  • Unit 2: Types of Facility Siting Methods
  • Unit 3: Evaluating Occupancy Risks
  • Unit 4: Managing Facility Siting Risks

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    SAChE – Safety and Chemical Engineering Education
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    2 hours
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    New Jersey
    New York