The last 4 years I’ve given guest lectures in process safety at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology for undergrad chemical engineering students – and I’ve promised to do this also this year – this is my annual pro bono event :).
I used to work as a consultant with Lloyd’s Register, and previously I’ve used slides based on their internal course in process safety, that I also used to teach. Now I have a new job at a different firm in a different sector (information security in a devops environment – in otherwords something completely different and not related to process safety or chemical engineering).
Obviously, I need to create some new content for this year’s lectures. I’m looking forward to it, as this is a great opportunity to brush up also on the form of delivery. So, the plan so far is:
- Basic principles (no single point of failure, risk-based design thinking, observable risks, usability)
- Process accident examples (the fire from ice example from CSB is still great, but perhaps I can find something new to add)
- Key safety standards, and some examples on how to use them
- ISO 10418 / API RP 14C / NORSOK P-002 (process design and safety)
- IEC 61511 (safety instrumented systems and safety integrity levels)
- IEC 62443-3-3 (New! Cybersec in process systems, I think this one’s going to be increasingly relevant)
- The mother of all accidents: overpressure
- Blowdown systems
- How to simulate blowdown in a simple process segment
- Pressure equalization in compressor trains
- New threats to process plants
- Cyber attacks
- Practices to make your plant less vulnerable
What more do you think undergrad chemical engineering students need to learn about safety in design?