Overview of generic aspects of risk management

Engineers who control hazards must have a global approach as issues combine numerous aspects. This first part deals with the concept of risk, risk analysis (identification and estimation), treatment, communication and consultation as well as risk management systems. It includes models, techniques and tools used for any source of risk.

Domain-specific means to handle actual risks

Engineers must offer concrete and realistic solutions to reach objectives. This second part deals with means (hazard identification, assessment techniques, controls and standards) that can be applied in specific domains:

-process safety
-toxicological risks for human health
-environmental risks associated with toxic products
-natural and technological risks for construction
-dependability of computing systems
-risks associated with electromagnetic radiation
-safety of electrical systems

Although it involves various application domains, this second part does not require deep knowledge of each domain as an introduction to useful skills will be supplied. A large part of the lectures will be provided by professionals. Case studies will be developed by students.

Course overview

Part A - Generic knowledge

Qualitative approach for safety - 40h
Viewpoints on risk and importance of its control. Objectives of the tasks of a risk management process. Identification of the risks and their origins. Qualitative risk treatments.

Quantitative approach for safety - 40h
Goals of risk analysis. Inductive and deductive quantitative methods for analyzing risks. Probabilistic approaches for assessing risks. Estimation of the severity of consequences. Uncertainty handling. Risk evaluation. Quantitative risk treatments.

Safety Management - 40h
Safety management process (including risk appreciation, monitoring and review) and safety management system.

The human, organizational and social factors of safety - 40h
Laws and regulations. Human and organizational factors. Communication and consultation. Integrated approach.

Part B - Application fields

For each domain, lectures will follow the same structure: hazard identification; risk estimation; prevention and protection methods; standards.
Considered domains:

Designing for safety - 40h
Introduction to hazards associated with the system life cycles. Intrinsic safety. Design conformance. Adaptation for using.

Toxic risks for humans and environment - 40h
Chemical risk on environment. Chemical risks on humans. Risks associated with rays. Risks associated with biotechnologies.

Process safety - 40h
Identification of hazards. Estimation of effects. Prevention and protection methods. Standards and regulations.

Structural safety - 40h
Structural reliability methods. Decision-making in structural safety and maintenance. Structural and multidisciplinary optimization under uncertainty.

Functional safety - 40h
Hazards due to system operation. Assignment of safety integrity levels. Design of safety integrated systems.

Part C - Professional skills

Professional development and skills / French language

Industrial project

6 months

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