Brief Descriptions of SH Modules

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SH5002 Fundamentals in Industrial Safety
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-1-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The course provides basic industrial and process safety knowledge for safety practitioners. It covers the life-cycle (birth-to-death principle) approach in preventing safety problems in industry. Introductory techniques to risk management such as hazard identification, risk assessment, risk evaluation and risk treatment will be covered. Concepts on system safety, inherently safe design, equipment/process reliability, redundancy and common cause failures in the prevention of industrial accidents will also be taught.
 
SH5003 Fundamentals in Environmental Protection
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-7
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Students who have obtained degrees or post-graduate diplomas in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences or their equivalent
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The course provides basic environment protection knowledge for safety, health and environment protection practitioners. It will cover air emission control and assessment, water emission control and assessment, waste minimisation, energy conservation, product stewardship, trade effluent, toxic industrial waste, theories behind current thinking on the effects of pollution on the environment to include ozone destroying CFCs, volatile organic compounds, particulates, oxides of sulphur and nitrogen etc. Other topics will include waste disposal techniques including incinerators, environmental impact assessments and the dispersion effects of pollutants on ecosystems and the public at large. The module is not for students with environmental engineering background.
 
SH5101 Industrial Toxicology
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-2-5
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The course covers the absorption of chemicals into human bodies, their bio-transformation, excretion and adverse effects on the target organs. Other topics cover including toxicological studies and the application of toxicological information in the prevention of occupational diseases in the workplace. Students must have a chemistry background or basic understanding of chemical safety measures at the workplace.
 
SH5102 Occupational Ergonomics
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The course covers human capability and job demands. The principles of job design and analysis, and their application in the prevention of occupational disorders arising from the mismatch worker and job will be covered. Other topics cover including anthropometry, biomechanics, work physiology and work psychology, job factors and environmental factors in occupational disorders.
 
SH5104 Occupational Health
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The course aims to familiarise the non-medical practitioners in safety, health and environment protection with a working knowledge of how to identify, manage and prevent occupational issues arising from the workplace, enabling the practitioners to make knowledgeable and informed decisions with respect to the provision of occupational health services in the workplace. Topics cover including occupational health in general, occupational diseases, assessment and management of occupational health issues in workplace, shift work, occupational stress management, occupational lung diseases, occupational cancer, occupational dermatology.
 
SH5105 Noise and Other Physical Hazards
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This course will cover the health effects, measurements methods, regulations, and control technologies related to common physical health hazards encountered in occupational settings. The emphasis of the course will be placed on the identification, evaluation and management of the hazards of noise, temperature extremes, extreme pressures, vibration and lighting in the industry. The hierarch of control will be used to demonstrate the strategy of reducing the risk to the level of as low as reasonably practice.
 
SH5106 Radiation
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-1-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This course will review the physics on ionising and non-ionising radiation applicable to the use of the radiation sources in an occupational environment. Types of radiation sources used in the industry e.g. X-rays, radioactive sources, microwaves, UV, IR and lasers will be studied. The potential adverse health effects, exposure monitoring, engineering controls and personnel controls will be reviewed.
 
SH5107 Industrial Ventilation
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Ventilation systems used for the protection of the employee health will be studied. The design of effective ventilation systems from the capture hood, ducting, air cleaning equipment, fans and exhausts will be studied. The testing and maintenance of existing ventilation systems will be reviewed.
 
SH5108 Chemical Hazard Management
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): SH5004
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module covers the chemical hazards mitigation, control and management principles on chemicals selection, use, storage, handling, hazard communication to workers, administrative measures, transportation and disposal. The proper implementation of engineering controls & selection, administrative control, and selection, use and limitations of respirators for personal protective equipment are discussed.
 
SH5109 Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module covers principles, methods, and quantitative techniques building on basic concepts of epidemiology. It prepares students to research in and interpret published reports from the specialized areas of occupational induced diseases and physiological conditions in the workplace as well as the use of statistical methods in the analysis of outcome studies and quality improvement.
 
SH5110 Chemical Hazard Evaluation
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): SH5004
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module is on concepts and techniques related to the evaluation of occupational exposure to gases, vapors, and aerosols. Covered topics include air flow measurements, aerosol science, particulate sampling with and without size separation, optical microscopy, active and passive sampling of gases and vapors, direct reading instruments, sampling strategy and statistical evaluation of exposure data, occupational exposure limits and threshold limit values.
 
SH5201 Hazard Identification and Evaluation
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Different types of hazard identification techniques, factors influencing selection, methods for using qualitative results in decision-making and use of PC software will be covered. The following techniques are a sample of those that will be covered in the course. Hazard and Operability Analysis, What-if analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Fault Tree Analysis, Event Tree Analysis.
 
SH5202 Quantified Risk Analysis
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): SH5000 and SH5201
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The course will cover: Hazard evaluation, frequency and probability, probit concept, logic diagrams, failure rate data, FAR concept and criteria of acceptability, assessment of individual and societal risk. Source term estimation. Fire and explosion. Vapour, liquid and two phase release rate models. Hazard analysis case study, hazard control and mitigation. Atmospheric dispersion modelling, puff, plume and dense gas models. Consequence assessment of release, flammable and toxic releases, vapour cloud explosion, BLEVE. Radiant heat flux, blast and missile.
 
SH5203 Emergency Planning
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This course will cover generic emergency and crisis management planning, fire protection (active and passive), pre-fire planning, fire water hydraulics, all types of extinguishing systems, emergency communication centres, fire and gas detection and alarm systems, oil spill prevention, control, dispersion and recovery techniques.
 
SH5204 Safety Engineering
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Biased toward the process industries (petroleum, refining, chemical), this course covers reliability engineering, process design, pressure relief, effluent disposal, explosion prevention, electrical area classifications and types of electrical equipment, automation, emergency shutdown systems and lightning protection. The course will focus on inherent design concepts to minimise events that could affect health, safety and the environment.
 
SH5205 Incident Management
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): SH5203
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module provides the fundamentals of incident management, essential for effective industrial incident management covering: Incident Command System; Emergency Leadership, Emergency Risk Management; Mutual Aid & Joint Operations; Crisis Organization & Management; Response Functions & Priorities; Media Management; Scene Safety & Security; Damage Assessment; Salvage & Repair; Business Continuity; Employee Assistance; Incident Investigation; Cleanup & Restoration; and Incident Termination.
 
SH5206 Human Factors in Process Safety
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
An introduction to the human factors that arise from the interaction of the characteristics in the operators, organizations and facilities or equipment. Human factors influence the performance of the operators and the risk of the operators to commit human error in the industry. The course covers the identification and evaluation of these characteristics in the operators, organizations and facilities, as well as methods for preventing the human error in process safety.
 
SH5401 SHE and Quality Management Systems
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-2-5
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Antirequisite(s): ESE5602 – Environmental Management System
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The course will include an assessment of all the elements covered in current worldwide codes, standards, and legislature. The different models will be compared to determine overlaps and omissions. Models that will be covered in detail include ISO 9000 series, BS 7750/ISO 14000, OSHA Process Safety Management Rule, CCPS Technical Safety Management of Chemical Process Safety, API 750, Singapore Legislation of Management Systems related to the shipyards and construction industries, Management systems required under CIMAH type regulations. In addition, the course will cover auditing techniques and the skills required undertake audits.
 
SH5402 Advanced SHE Management
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): Taken any two of SH5002, SH5003, SH5004 or with consent of the instructor
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The course provides professional management knowledge for safety, health and environment protection practitioners. It covers the analysis of human behaviour in safety, health and environment protection and their application in the prevention of safety, health and environment protection issues in the industry. Topics include cognitive theory, behaviour theory, social learning theory and organisational learning theory. Other topics cover including, individual, group and organisational behaviour, motivation and leadership in safety, health and environment protection.
 
SH5403 Independent Study
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-0-0-7-3
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): SH5404
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module involves supervised self study over one semester on a topic approved by the Department. The work may relate to a comprehensive literature survey and critical evaluation, safety, health or environmental engineering study, industrial field study, or a combination of these. The study area is to be finalised, after consultation with the supervisor. The student has to find a suitable supervisor. The student must acquire interpret, evaluate relevant information in the area of study, and formulate a practical solution. Approval will be granted by the Program Manager. Students shall carry out the study within the semester.
 
SH5404 Safety Health and Environmental Project
Modular Credits: 8
Workload: 0-0-0-7-3
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): SH5403
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module involves a supervised project over two semesters, on a topic approved by the Department. The work may relate to safety design and analysis, safety engineering case study, field study, or a combination of these. The study area is to be finalised, after consultation with the supervisor. The student has to find a suitable supervisor. The student must acquire interpret, evaluate relevant information in the area of study, and formulate a practical solution. Approval will be granted by the Program Manager. Student shall carry out the project within the period of his/her candidature.
 
SH5880 Topics in Industrial Hygiene
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: Depends on the selected topic offered
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Advanced topic in Industrial Hygiene that is of current interest. The course will be conducted by NUS staff and/or visitors.
 
SH5881 Topics in Process Safety
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: Depends on the selected topic offered
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Advanced topic in Process Safety that is of current interest. The course will be conducted by NUS staff and/or visitors.
 
SH5882 Topics in Environment Protection
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: Depends on the selected topic offered
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Advanced topic in Environment Protection that is of current interest. The course will be conducted by NUS staff and/or visitors.