Process Safety Across the Chemical Engineering Curriculum

Initiative Led by Professor H. Scott Fogler

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Separations Safety Modules

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board referred to in the safety modules is an independent federal agency that is tasked with investigating the major causes of chemical accidents. They provide recommendations on safety improvements and provide lessons learned in hope to protect the community and environment from future incidents.

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Module 1: Ammonia Release at Millard Refrigerated Services
Class Tested by UM Separation Processes Course in Fall 2018
  • Description: Separation system to remove ethylene oxide from a room
  • Location: Theodore, Alabama, US
  • Date: August 23, 2010
Module 2: Ethylene Oxide Explosion at Stergenics
  • Description: Separation system to remove ammonia vapor release at Millard Refrigeration
  • Location: Ontario, Canada
  • Date: March 9, 2004
Module 3: BP Explosion
  • Description: Removal of ammonia escaping into a safe room after release of in the plant
  • Location: Texas City, Texas, US
  • Date: March 23, 2005