SAFE07032 2019 Management of Hazardous Materials and Processes

General Details

Full Title
Management of Hazardous Materials and Processes
Transcript Title
Management of Hazardous Materi
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Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edel Costello
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health (Add-on) SG_SOCCU_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Occupational Safety and Health

The aim of this module is to present students with the technical and legislative information to manage dangerous materials in the workplace. Protection of the environment in conjunction with occupational safety and health will be addressed. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Define the hazardous properties of substances and assess their implications to the workplace.


Outline the steps to be followed and the legal requirements for safe transport of dangerous substances.


Discuss storage and containment of dangerous goods with respect to health and safety in the workplace.


Analyse legislation prescribed for the control of major accident hazards with reference to case studies of major disasters and identify the key lessons to be learned.

Apply the principles of safe systems of work to controlling hazards in the workplace.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered part-time. This will include lectures and may include site visits, augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

Final Theory 50%; Continuous Assessment 50%

Moodle will be used as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). Continuous assessment will include MCQs and written assignments. Two MCQs will be undertaken over the semester, one approximately midway and one near the end of the semester. The written assignment may form part of a shared collaborative assignment across a number of relevant modules. Assessment may be linked to the workshop or an alternative. The final exam allows students to demonstrate their understanding of the theory pertaining to the module.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Chemical classification and labelling systems.

REACH & CLP regulations.

Storage and containment of dangerous goods.

Transport of dangerous goods with a focus on ADR.

Control of major accident hazards

Fire, explosion and static electricity hazards.

Safe systems of work including confined space entry.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 MCQs Coursework Assessment Multiple Choice/Short Answer Test 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Written Report Coursework Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 12 4,5
3 Workshop activity Coursework Assessment Assessment 10 % Any 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 End of term exam. Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Group Learning Not Specified Workshop 2.5 Once Per Semester 0.17
Directed Learning Not Specified Assigned study material 0.85 Weekly 0.85
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.02 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2004-11-03 Chemical Process Safety Gulf Professional Publishing
ISBN 075067749X ISBN-13 9780750677493

Gives insight into eliminating specific classes of hazards, while providing real case histories with valuable messages. There are practical sections on mechanical integrity, management of change, and incident investigation programs, along with a long list of helpful resources. New chapter in this edition covers accidents involving compressors, hoses and pumps. * Stay up to date on all the latest OSHA requirements, including the OSHA required Management of Change, Mechanical Integrity and Incident Investigation regulations. * Learn how to eliminate hazards in the design, operation and maintenance of chemical process plants & petroleum refineries. * World-renowned expert in process safety, Roy Sanders, shows you how to reduce risks in your plant. * Learn from the mistakes of others, so that your plant doesn't suffer the same fate. * Save lives, reduce loss, by following the principles outlined in this must-have text for process safety. There is no other book like it!

Recommended Reading
2010 Disasters Routledge
ISBN 0901357464 ISBN-13 9780901357465

Disasters: learning the lessons for a safer world is both a tribute to the victims of past safety failures and a warning against complacency and cutting corners today. It also recognises the achievements of health and safety professionals and others in learning the lessons of past mistakes. As Trevor Kletz has written, "Someone has paid the 'tuition fess'. There is no need for you to pay them again." Illustrated throughout in colour, the book looks at over 90 accidents, incidents and safety failures. Some, like Aberfan, Chernobyl and Hillsborough, are known simply by a single place name. Others have now faded from our collective consciousness but still have important lessons for us today, such as the early fires, explosions and mining disasters that paved the way for better safety management. Disasters: learning the lessons for a safer world offers: a description of events from 1800 to the present day a wide range of incidents, from explosions and fires to floods, pollution and human and animal ill health information on the background to each incident, what happened and the lessons that were learnt an exploration of the politics of disaster and risk reduction

Recommended Reading
2014-12-15 System Safety Engineering and Risk Assessment: A Practical Approach, Second Edition CRC Press
ISBN 1466551607 ISBN-13 9781466551602

We all know that safety should be an integral part of the systems that we build and operate. The public demands that they are protected from accidents, yet industry and government do not always know how to reach this common goal. This book gives engineers and managers working in companies and governments around the world a pragmatic and reasonable approach to system safety and risk assessment techniques. It explains in easy-to-understand language how to design workable safety management systems and implement tested solutions immediately.

The book is intended for working engineers who know that they need to build safe systems, but arent sure where to start. To make it easy to get started quickly, it includes numerous real-life engineering examples. The books many practical tips and best practices explain not only how to prevent accidents, but also how to build safety into systems at a sensible price. The book also includes numerous case studies from real disasters that describe what went wrong and the lessons learned.

See Whats New in the Second Edition:

  • New chapter on developing government safety oversight programs and regulations, including designing and setting up a new safety regulatory body, developing safety regulatory oversight functions and governance, developing safety regulations, and how to avoid common mistakes in government oversight
  • Significantly expanded chapter on safety management systems, with many practical applications from around the world and information about designing and building robust safety management systems, auditing them, gaining internal support, and creating a safety culture
  • New and expanded case studies and "Notes from Nicks Files" (examples of practical applications from the authors extensive experience)
  • Increased international focus on world-leading practices from multiple industries with practical examples, common mistakes to avoid, and new thinking about how to build sustainable safety management systems
  • New material on safety culture, developing leading safety performance indicators, safety maturity model, auditing safety management systems, and setting up a safety knowledge management system

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Sanders R.E. (2005) 3rd Ed Chemical Process Safety: Learning from case histories Elsevier Butterworth Heinmann

Crowl D. A. (2002) 2nd Ed Chemical Process Safety: fundamentals with applications Prentice Hall PTR

Skelton B. (1997) Process Safety Analysis: an introduction Institution of Chemical Engineers

King R.W. (1997) 2nd Ed Kings Safety in the Process Industries Arnold

Barton J. (2002) Dust Explosion, Prevention and Protection IChemE

Eaves D. (2010) Disasters: learning the lessons for a safer world; IOSH

Journal Resources


Other Resources



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