Whereas most courses cover one particular discipline (biology, mechanics, computer science…), ensuring the safety of a complex system such as an aircraft or an energy production plant, requires a multi-disciplinary approach to this concern.
In general, accidents don’t happen due to one particular technological cause but occur in complex circumstances involving a combination of technological as well as human factors.
For these reasons, the curriculum uses a dual approach:
- Generic approaches to risk management to have an overall control on safety;
- Specific knowledge for controlling varied sources of risks.
The course consists of 9 modules (45 hours - 5 ECTS each).
Part I – Acquiring generic expertise
- Qualitative Approach to Safety. Understanding risk and safety concepts, the importance of control, and the activities related to the risk management process. Identifying risks and their origins. Avoiding accidents.
- Quantitative Approach to Safety. Analysing risks. Assessing risks with probabilistic approaches. Estimating the severity of consequences. Evaluating risks. Ascertaining acceptable risks. Treating risks.
- Safety Management. Ensuring that safety is truly integrated into the company activities thanks to a safety management process (including risk appreciation, monitoring and review) and a safety management system.
- The Human, Organizational and Social Factors of Safety. Placing engineers’ activities in their environment: Rules and regulations; Human and Organizational factors; Communication and Consultation; and an Integrated approach.
Part II – Acquiring specific expertise
- Designing for Safety. Identifying hazards associated with system life cycles. Building intrinsically safe systems. Ensuring system design compliance. Adapting systems for use.
- Toxic Risks for Humans and the Environment. Identifying chemical risks, risks associated with rays, and the risks of biotechnologies impacting humans and the environment. Analysing and mitigating their effects.
- Process Safety. Identifying hazards specific to processes. Estimating their effects. Preventing and protecting people and assets.
- Structural Safety. Identifying the causes of failures. Assessing structural risks. The decision making process during the design and operation (maintenance) phases.
- Functional Safety. Identifying hazards due to system functions. Assigning safety integrity levels. Designing safety integrated systems. Raising confidence by providing proof.
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Tam-miette, graduated in 2015, Environmentalist and HSE-Risk Engineering and Management Professional, Oil and Gas, Nigeria:
Franck, graduated in 2012, HSE manager in a leading global healthcare company in France:
My activity provides opportunities for putting many methods acquired during the course into practise: Risk Analysis methods (HAZOP, What-if, etc.) or approaches to treating risks such as Functional Safety. The fact that lectures are given in English helps considerably as most of the technical documentation is written in English. I regularly work with international partners who are not French speakers.
Jiexi, graduated in 2015, China:
The course gave me the opportunity to gain a lot of technical knowledge, such as system dependability and process safety, but also managerial skills (risk management). Those are two inseparable and indispensable components in the world of industrial safety.
Marc, graduated in 2015, Assignment Manager of General Secretariat for wind projects at sea, France:
The risk management approach offered by the course contributed to a better understanding of uncertainties and challenges inherent in large projects. The wide variety of areas studied provides a rich, multi-sector background. Finally, a broad perspective on risk analysis and risk mitigation was an important asset for my work experience on offshore wind farm projects.
… And practices
The courses are given by many industrial experts (aeronautics and space, oil and gas, chemistry, process…) as well as service companies (Bureau Veritas, DNV, Solvay…). Modules include case studies conducted in working groups which enables students to be confronted with actual situations. As well as providing speedy access to information, the interaction with industrial experts transforms knowledge into skills.
Example of industry contribution
Internships take place in firms, in France and abroad.
The internships address various aspects of the course: risk assessment (oil and gas platforms, refineries, pipelines, nuclear plants, aircraft, assembly lines, transportation of hazardous materials, etc.), risk mitigation (safety controls, individual and collective protection equipment, etc.), risk management (audit of safety management process, implementation of safety management systems, development of leading indicators, risk acceptance criteria, etc.), regulatory compliance (REACH, etc.), communication and consultation, health and safety at work, human and organisational factors, safety culture, etc. In this way, students have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills during the course.
Robin, graduated in 2015, France:
My internship took place at BASF Pharma in process safety. The training was an opportunity to broaden my initial specialization (process engineering) to more original skills: process safety. Multidisciplinary modules are definitively the strength of the course. In addition, lectures taught in English and global students are important elements for working abroad or in major firms as in my case.
Claire, graduated in 2015, France:
« Safety Engineering & Management » course and the ICSI network enabled me to access to the medical field which was very important to me. Therefore, I did my internship at the cancer research site of Toulouse, where I was in charge of identifying and preventing professional risks for the employees.