A new free interactive case study to help chemical engineering undergraduate students in conducting lab experiments more safely has been produced by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)’s Safety Centre.
The Laboratory Experiment case study and the associated guidance document Sample University Laboratory Process Safety Management System have been developed to help better equip engineering students with operational process safety knowledge and how to apply it.
IChemE said it has been made freely available to lecturers and uni students to help improve process safety education and create a safer environment in educational labs.
The IChemE Safety Centre’s suite of interactive case studies are animated video training resources that bring process safety professionals to the fore. They are said to allow users to experience an incident without prior knowledge of the outcome. Users are required to make crucial safety decisions in several scenarios helping them to understand how these decisions can impact on the outcome of the incident.
Laboratory Experiment is the first case study of its kind to focus on laboratory-based incidents.
Trish Kerin, IChemE Safety Centre Director, said: “Laboratories can be the first practical introduction for many scientists and engineers and therefore it is imperative that we instil our future chemical engineers with the best knowledge of how to be safe in this environment.
“This interactive case study is a great way for tutors and students to talk through incidents together in seminars and lectures, and to help students best prepare for the potential risks that they may face in laboratories.
“As part of IChemE’s role as a learned society, we recognise the importance of sharing knowledge and encouraging best practice in chemical and process engineering.”