CHME 448. Industrial Safety


1. Course number and name

CHME 448. Industrial Safety

2. Credits and contact hours

3 credit hours = 45 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

Juanita Miller, PE, CFEI.

4. Text book, title, author, and year

a. other supplemental materials

  • What Went Wrong? 5th Edition by Trevor Kletz, Elsevier Gulf Professional Publishing, 2009, ISBN #978-1-85617-531-9

5. Specific course information

a. catalog description: An introduction to the fundamentals of chemical process safety, including toxicology, industrial hygiene, source models, fires and explosions, relief systems, hazard identification, risk assessment, environmental fate and transport, hazardous waste generation, pollution prevention, and regulatory requirements. Chemical engineering majors must earn C or better in this course.

b. prerequisites: CHEM 115 or CHEM 111G

c. required, elective, or selected elective (as per Table 5-1): Required

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will be able to…

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the elements of process safety management;
  • pro-actively identify and analyze safety hazards;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of risk management tools, programs and processes associated with process safety;
  • understand the OSHA PSM requirements;
  • understand and appreciate the need for professional integrity and ethical decision making in the professional practice of engineering;
  • demonstrate an understanding of issues encountered including business, environmental, health, safety and public interest issues; and
  • analyze scenarios for a mock chemical plants and prepare risk analysis presentations both individually and as a group project.

b. Criterion 3 Student Outcomes specifically addressed by this course are found in a mapping of outcomes against all CHME courses in the curriculum.

7. Brief list of topics to be covered

  • Introduction & Hazard Identification
  • Process Safety Management (PSM)
  • Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) overview
  • Risk Assessment – “What If”, Checklist, FMEA, HAZOP and Fault Tree
  • Safety Procedures and Designs
  • Toxicology
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Hazard Sources
  • Toxic Release, Dispersion Models
  • Safety and Environmental Regulations
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Concepts to Prevent Fires and Explosions
  • Valves and piping related to safety and reliability
  • Types of Reliefs and Relief Sizing
  • Chemical Reactivity

Common Syllabus Addendum

The NMSU Department of Chemical Engineering maintains a syllabus addendum containing course requirements common to all courses with the CH E prefix online.  This document is accessible from the URL: