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In-House Training

The Design, Development and Scale-Up of Safe Chemical Processes and Operations

Tutors: Dr Stephen Rowe Dr John Studley

Developing safe processes is of paramount importance to any chemical company. Exothermic chemical reactions in batch and semi- batch processes can result in serious injury to people and plant if they get out of control. Results of thermal runaways include violent loss of containment, possibly explosion and the release of flammable or toxic materials to the environment.

Employers are bound by Health & Safety legislation to ensure the safety of their employees and those outside their employment who might be affected by their activities. Chemical manufacturers must therefore be aware of all potential dangers in their processes and take steps to eliminate them. The best approach is to design safety into the process from the start.

Often, the first sign of loss of control over a reaction is a reduction in yield or in the quality of the product. Thus safety, quality and profitability are all interlinked.


Course Outline

This seminar is designed to enhance the awareness of chemists and engineers regarding hazard issues. Utilizing the expertise of the chemists and chemical engineers at DEKRA Insight and Scientific Update, it will consider hazard control of new chemical processes throughout their development cycle: from early development through to full-scale production. Hazards can often be eliminated by appropriate choice of reagent or synthetic route at the R&D stage. Where this is not possible, techniques exist to quantify the hazards so that robust engineering solutions can he applied in production.

Benefits of Attending

Seminar Objectives

  • To train chemists and engineers in efficient methods for developing safe, low cost, robust chemical processes in the minimum amount of time
  • To improve the awareness of chemists on the principles of scale-up and development, in chemical engineering concepts relating to safe plant operation and in the latest techniques for the optimisation of processes
  • To learn from the experience (and mistakes) of others by examining case studies from industry

What you will leave with …

  • The ability to identify any significant sources of hazard in existing processes or development plans
  • An understanding of the latest techniques for assessing risk, and measuring and quantifying chemical process hazards in the work place
  • An understanding of the established best practice to reduce the hazard resulting from exothermic reaction systems with a particular emphasis on emergency relief design


Who Should Attend

R&D and Process Development Chemists,
Chemical Engineers,

and anyone whose responsibilities include safety or risk assessment of chemical processes or building safety into chemical process scale-up.

What's Included

The course fee includes:

  • comprehensive course manual
  • coffee/tea refreshments breaks throughout each day
  • buffet lunch each day
  • course dinner on the first evening
  • course certificate
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