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CHEM6160 Safety and Risk Management in Chemical Engineering Processes

Module Overview

This module will develop students skills in the assessment of chemical risks and their management as well as the management of risks in hazardous operations through a series of both practical and case work studies.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Identify and assess chemical and HAZOP risks with relevance to the appropriate legislation.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically assess the chemical risks and complete a COSHH assessment with HAZOP.
  • Appraise and use a variety of source materials to research a case study.
  • Design a HAZOP procedure given specific input criteria.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work as a member of a team.
  • Prepare a written report to meet a specified deadline and brief.


Basic chemical safety in processes and identification of principal hazard sources in chemical processes (such as flammability, explosivity, and toxicity (including biohazards). Principles of risk assessment and safety management (COSHH & Risk Assessments) (basic legal requirements) and application of techniques for assessment and abatement of process and product hazards. Identifying and understanding process hazards (e.g. HAZOP) and assessing potential environmental impact. Awareness of specialist safety and environmental issues (e.g. noise, hazardous are classification, relief and blowdown, FTA). Basic legal framework in relation to health and safety legislation (e.g. HASWA, COSHH, DSEAR, COMAH) for workplace and how various stakeholders (designers, researchers, operators, contractors, visitors and the public) are involved. Reactive chemical hazards and explosions. Fire safety with respect working in laboratories (+ practical) and handling flammable solvents. Discussion of inherent safety and risk reduction strategies including passive and active methods. Discussion of safety principles in a product cycle including elimination, substitution, moderation, segregation and simplification.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Seminars with invited speakers from industry, tutorials, workshops, and practicals.

Completion of assessment task40
Independent Study30
Practical classes and workshops6
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Guided independent study20
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

Completion of the fire safety practical and online quiz (10%) Written risk/COSHH assessment with HAZOP (30%) Individual report on safety incident group exercise (30%) Report on assigned case study (30%) Note that if a referral assessment is required, the marks for the fire safety practical and online quiz and the individual report on the group exercise will be retained.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay/report  (2000 words) 30%
Essay/report  () 30%
Individual risk assessment  () 30%
Online test  (30 minutes) 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay/report  () 30%
Essay/report  (2000 words) 40%
Individual risk assessment  () 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay/report  (2000 words) 40%
Essay/report  () 30%
Individual risk assessment  () 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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