This module aims to familiarise the student with relevant Environmental and Health and Safety Regulations. The module covers the theory associated with these regulations and then through detailed examination of major industrial accidents, applies this theory to real life incidents.
The Health and Safety Welfare Act and the Machinery Directive as they relate to industry
The definition of a Hazard as per international standard, Hazard identification and Risk assessment. Risks associated with fire. The different types and application of personal protective equipment. The application of the Hierarchy of Safety Management to address risks. The Machinery Directive and the steps necessary to achieve a CE mark. Basic function analysis and reliability block diagram modelling of safety systems.
Legislative instruments for environmental management and compliance in manufacturing industry.
Environmental impact assessments (EIA) and Environmental impact statements (EIS ). Integrated pollution control licences (IPC)
Relevant case studies of major incidents:
Each case study will require detailed examination of the incident referring to the theory covered in class. The case studies will include:The Piper Alpha oil rig disaster 1986.The Buncefield oil storage facility explosion 2005.The BP Texas Oil refinery disaster 2005.The Deep Water Horizon Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico.The Chernobyl reactor disaster.Shale gas "fracking" case study, EU case study.The NASA space shuttle disasters.The Bhopal Disaster.
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