Safety Technology III

Course code OHSE3210Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Examines various methods of optimising safety in the workplace, in the context of technological developments and practices in relation to fire and explosion safety, electrical safety and environmental control, including noise and ventilation.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis course aims to:
1. show the complex relationship between science, technology and safety;
2. explore the role of emerging technologies in OHS;
3. demonstrate the nature, scope and importance of communications and information technology;
4. encourage students to understand and appreciate the safety sciences through investigation, examination, interaction and environmental issues.
ContentSAFETY SYSTEMS:
Notion of a control system.
Open Loop and Closed Loop Systems.
Sense, Decide, Act model of a closed loop system.
Review of basic principles of electricity and electronics.
Analog and Digital principles and conversions.
Transducers and Actuators for Safety applications e.g. fire, smoke, gas, explosion detection. .
"Intelligent" Safety Systems: Automatic Detection of dangerous situations..

ELECTRICAL SAFETY:
Electrical Safety and Electrical Dangers including static.
Statutory Requirements.
Protective Measures.
Intrinsically Safe electrical systems.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

NOISE CONTROL:
Techniques
Design for noise isolation and insulation.
Machinery noise control for presses, machine tools, air exhaust, ventilating systems, forging machines, electrical motors, pumps, hoppers, chutes, gas furnaces.

VENTILATION ENGINEERING
Application of principles of airflow, openings, ducts, filters, fans.
Design techniques for general ventilation, dilution, ventilation, local exhaust ventilation.
Incorporation of other safety considerations in design,
e.g. for noise, fire and explosion risk.

FIRE and EXPLOSION SAFETY:
FIRE SAFETY
Classification of fires
Statutory Requirements
Sources of ignition
Combustibility - properties of building and construction materials.
Fire testing.
Building design for fire protection.
Fire detectors, alarms and suppression.
Firefighting equipment and systems.

EXPLOSION SAFETY.
Explosion risk assessment.
Suppression of explosion risk including plant layout.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Transitionn/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo Written Assignments -(Assesses objectives 1, 2 & 3)
Examination: FormalTwo hour formal exam held during exam period - (Assesses objectives 1,2,3, & 4).
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 130 hour(s) per Term for Full Term