Different perspectives

Ensuring safety requires expertise in many human, engineering and management sciences framed by Risk Management.

Module 1:

Qualitative Approach to Safety

Module 2:

Quantitative Approach to Safety

Module 3:

Toxic Risks for Humans and the Environment

Module 4:

Process Safety

Module 5:

Designing for Safety

Module 6:

Functional Safety

Module 7:

Structural Safety

Module 8:

Safety Management

Module 9:

The Human, Organizational and Social Factors of Safety


Knowledge shared by industry experts, in line with international standards.

of applications

Knowledge immediately
put into practice

Hands-on projects take a critical look at theoretical safety means

The knowledge acquired is immediately put into practice through case studies and group projects.

These practical experiences allow you to not only understand the contributions of the means presented (methods, techniques, processes…), but also their limits. Having this critical mind is essential for future safety executives.

One or more projects are developed in groups during each module.

Discovering the safety systems of the Toulouse metro

In the first week, the students visit the automatic metro in Toulouse. Each group of students examines a system (lift, escalator, platform, train, infrastructure) to identify the many safety systems. They then reenact the development of these systems. The aim is to discover the importance of the various stages of the risk management process.

Development of a reliable satellite

To illustrate the contribution of reliable architectures, the interest of reliability measurement techniques and the importance of standards (e.g. ECSS), the students develop a simplified earth observation satellite in groups. This project is led by an engineer from CNES (the French space agency based in Toulouse).

Risk assessment of an industrial facility

This project considers a real industrial installation. Each group of students must first identify the physico-chemical risks present (sources and consequences). This first part is led by a safety manager from Solvay. Then, using statistical data on the failure of components, the probability of accidents is evaluated. This second part is led by an engineer from a consulting firm with extensive experience in such studies. In a third step, the consequences of some accidents are evaluated using the PHAST software. This third part is led by an engineer from DNVGL.

Deciding on a safe structural change

Students work in groups on the following real-life situation: the manager of an industrial plant has planned to increase the production. This requires the modification of the pipes transferring chemicals. Before this modification is made, a safety analysis of the existing structural system is carried out. Information about the original design (drawings, calculation report, design assumptions) and maintenance (inspection, repair, reinforcement) is partially available. Then, a second safety analysis is completed according to the planned modification. The modification is accepted if safety is guaranteed. If the risk is slightly higher than the acceptable risk, risk controls must be proposed, and their cost evaluated and included in the decision process.