Course detail

Safety Engineering

FSI-KBIAcad. year: 2010/2011

Safety engineering is a progressive and fast growing field closely related to process engineering and environmental engineering. Fundamental issues involve danger identification (risk sources) and determination of degree of a risk (guess of frequency of event occurrence). Subject focuses on large scale industrial accidents, relevant EU and CR legislation and overview of possible consequences of hazardous chemical substance leakage. Second part of the course is devoted to overview of methods used in practice to identify risk sources of serious accidents (screening, index and selective methods). This is followed by detailed analysis of risk source of serious accidents using FMEA and HAZOP methods, consequences modeling and determination of risk admissibility for a community. The whole concept of the seminar is based on approach to process and equipment safety developed by Centre for Chemical Process Safety under AIChE.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will get acquainted with basic methods and procedures of safety engineering which requires incorporation of various aspects such as technical, financial and environmental which may impact the safety of the equipment.


The subject requires students to have basic knowledge of probability of random events, flowing (and outflow) of gases and liquids through pipelines; in addition to that students must possess knowledge of physical chemical properties of hazardous substances, basic phase balances of liquids – steam for pure components.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Award of credit is conditioned by presentation of semester paper and active participation in seminars. In justified cases, the teacher may present an alternative condition. Test is written.

Course curriculum

Lecture: 26 lessons, voluntary


1. Basic terminology of safety engineering, overview of current valid legislation, SEVESO II directive, procedures of risk analysis.
2. Large scale industrial accidents in the world and in the CR – conclusions, need for prevention.
3. Consequences of serious accidents – toxic dispersion, individual types of fires and explosions.
4. IAEA TECDOC 727 screening method.
5. Identification of risk sources – Fire and Explosion Index. Determination of financial consequences.
6. Identification of risk sources using Dow's Chemical Index. Determination of consequences of toxic substance endangering.
7. Identification of risk sources of serious accident using CPR 18E selective method.
8. Application potential of FMEA method.
9. Detailed analysis of risk sources of serious accident using HAZOP method, conditions, application potential.
10. Assessment of onset incidents using ETA method.
11. Fault tree and its application potential, development of top events.
12. Modeling of serious accident consequences. Admissibility of community risk.
13. Analysis of environmental risk.

Seminar: 13 lessons, compulsory


1. Assignment of papers. Proposal for object/equipment incorporation into A/B group according to Act providing for serious accidents prevention.
2. Safety lists of chemical substances and preparations, REACH legislation.
3. Determination of BLEVE effect consequences.
4. Assessment of fixed and mobile sources using IAEA TECDOC 727 method.
5. Fire and explosion index, assessment of general and specific factors.
6. Index of chemical endangering, scenario of toxic substance leak, dangerous distances, ERPG.
7. Identification of risk sources of serious accident using CPR 18E selective method in industrial complex.
8. Handling practical case study using FMEA method.
9. HAZOP – team work in identification of risk source.
10. ETA – event tree for selected practical scenario.
11. FTA – generation of fault tree, engineering approach.
12. Modeling of consequences using ALOHA program. Determination of community risk admissibility.
13. Paper presentation.

Work placements

Not applicable.


Students will be introduced into prevention approach towards safety of elaborated storage or process installation. Large scale industrial accidents show results of serious mistakes in all stages of service lifetime of the equipment. This seminar presents up-to-date methods and procedures developed in hi-tech European countries and in the world for assessment of safety of individual pieces of equipment and/or whole industrial complexes.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Participation in the seminar is regularly checked. In justified cases, seminar may be substituted by an individual project (in the form of practical case study).

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

WELLS, G.: Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, Wiltshire, 1996. ISBN 0 - 85295 - 353 - 4.
Babinec, F.: Bezpečnostní inženýrství, učební text. Vysoké učení technické v Brně, 2000.
Crowl,D.A.-Louvar,J.F.: Chemical Process Safety.Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1990. ISBN:978-0131382268

Recommended reading

Babinec,F.: Bezpečnostní inženýrství, e-uč.text

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-PRI , 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Major Industrial Disasters, consequences, prevention as a basic approach.
Seveso Directive EU,OSHA Directive, Czech harmonised law 353/1999Sb.
Safety auditt,maerial safety datasheet,databanks HSDB,CHRIS,IRIS.
Societal risk assessment in industrial regions.
Review metohods for hazard identification and risk assessment.
Major risk sources idenzification - Dow´s methods.
FMECA method for hazard identification.
Hazard and Operabilitity Study HAZOP, systematic approch to hazard identification.
Risk assessment, risk acceptability criterie, individual and societal risk.
Risk aassessment via Event Tree Analysis, basic event and event tree.
Fault tree analysis method, aplication possibility, top event, fult tree generation.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheet,Databanks of hazardous substances HSDB,CHRIS,IRIS.
2. Basic statistics of accidents, statistical characteristics FAR, FAFR, FR.
3. Major Risk Sources, announcement on the basis SEVESO II Directive.
4. Application of the Fire and Explosion Index.
5. Economical assessment of the Fire and Explosion Index.
6. Chemical exposure Index - approach and results.
7. HAZOP-team work,systematic hazard identifcation, inductive and deductive reasoning.
8. FME(C)A - individual approch to hazard identification.
9. ETA - Event Tree Analysis, practical examples.
10.FTA - Fault Tree Generation. engineering approach.
11.Consultation of the individual project.