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Why major accidents are still occurring


Amyotte, PR and Berger, S and Edwards, DW and Gupta, JP and Hendershot, DC and Khan, FI and Mannan, MS and Willey, RJ, Why major accidents are still occurring, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 14 pp. 1-8. ISSN 2211-3398 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.coche.2016.07.003


Major accidents happen in the process industries with relatively low frequencies but extremely severe consequences. Harm to workers and the public, loss of company property and other assets, business interruption, and environmental degradation are all possible outcomes of such events. This paper explores the occurrence of major process accidents and offers suggestions for their prevention according to seven core concepts drawn from an analysis of the 1984 Bhopal tragedy: (i) the creation of paradigm-enhancing organizations, (ii) inherently safer design, (iii) awareness of the total cost of major accidents, (iv) consideration of the broader societal and cultural aspects of major accidents, (v) process safety culture, (vi) process safety competency, and (vii) dynamic operational risk management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:risk assessment, risk management, safety engineering, Bhopal tragedy, cultural aspects, inherently safer design, major accidents, operational risk managements, process industries, process safety;, process safety culture, accidents
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Engineering practice and education
Research Field:Risk engineering
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Khan, FI (Professor Faisal Khan)
ID Code:120360
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2017-08-23
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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