Inherently Safer Design
This module will introduce the concept of inherently safer design in the chemical processing industry. Inherently safer design, or ISD, is receiving more attention in recent years from industry, community groups, and government. When feasible, ISD can be a more robust and reliable approach to managing risk in the chemical industry. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, ISD has also been promoted as a means to reduce chemical hazards, making chemical handling facilities less attractive terrorist targets. It is important for chemical engineers to understand ISD, including its potential benefits and limitations, both to implement ISD where feasible and also to participate in public discussions about the application of ISD in the chemical industry.
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