Chemical Process Safety

By Prof. Shishir Sinha   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 2935   |  Exam registration: 789
As chemical process technology becomes more complex, chemical engineers will need a more detailed and fundamental understanding of safety. The course focuses on understanding the important technical fundamentals of chemical process safety. The emphasis on the fundamentals will help the student to understand the concepts and apply them accordingly. This application requires a significant quantity of fundamental knowledge and technology.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : All Chemical Engineering students

PREREQUISITES : Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Chemical Technology

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Useful for all process industries, refineries, fertilizer plants, petrochemical plants specially for managers and decision makers
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Minor 2 in Chemical
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jul 2023
End Date : 13 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 07 Aug 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 18 Aug 2023
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Process safety, Accidents and Loss statistics
Week 2: Toxicological Studies
Week 3: Fire and Explosion
Week 4: Prevention of Fire and Explosion
Week 5: Source model and dispersion
Week 6: Relief and relief Sizing
Week 7: Hazard Identification, HAZOP analysis
Week 8: Risk Assessment
Week 9: QRA and LOPA
Week 10: Process of Accident Investigation
Week 11: Reliability Engineering
Week 12: Economics of loss prevention

Books and references

  1. Crowl D.A. and Louvar J.F., Chemical Process Safety: Fundamentals With Applications.
  2. Lees F.P. Lee’s Loss Prevention in Process industries: Hazard Identification, Assessment and control
  3. Kletz T, What Went Wrong? Case Histories of Process Plant Disasters: How They Could Have Been Avoided

Instructor bio

Prof. Shishir Sinha

IIT Roorkee
Dr. Shishir Sinha is presently working as Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Roorkee. He has been teaching the courses related to Process Utilities and Safety, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics and safe Operation to Petroleum industries to undergraduate and postgraduate students for more than 12 years. Prof. Sinha has more than 20 years of academic and industrial research experience with 76 publications besides more than 77 in conference proceedings. Apart from this he has written 9 books and several book chapters. Successfully completed over 22 high impact projects and consultancies

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
29 October 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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