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Higher Diploma in Occupational Safety

Tracks and Courses

Program Structure:

Twenty one credit hours of graduate courses including seminar and 3 credit hours of research project are required:

Course Code & Number Type of credit hours Credit Hours
-- 7 Graduate Courses 21
SFE 598 Research Project 3
SFE 590 Seminar --
 Total 24
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Admission Requirements
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Tracks and Courses
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Study Plan:

First Semester
Course Code & No. Course Title Credit Hours
SFE 501 Safety in Workplaces 3
SFE 505 Safety Systems and Risk Management 3
SFE 531 Safety in Petroleum and Natural Gas Operations 3
SFE 541 Safety in Chemical Industries 3
      Total 12

 

Second Semester
Course Code & No. Course Title Credit Hours
SFE 511 Safety in Mechanical Systems 3
SFE 521 Safety in Electrical Systems 3
SFE 551 Safety in Civil Engineering Projects 3
SFE 590 Seminar and Field Visits -
SFE 598 Applied Research Project 3
      Total 12

Courses Description

SFE 501 Safety in the Workplace                                       3(3+0)

Introduction; Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; Physical Work load; Cognitive Work load; Leadership Skills; Job satisfaction; Team work; Human Error; Fatigue, Stress and Boredom; Principles of Job Design; Working Hours and Shift work; Safety Culture.

 

SFE 505 Safety Systems and Risk Management                    3(3+0)

Introduction; Risk Management (hazard identification, risk assessment, risk control and continuous monitoring); Job Safety Analysis (JSA); Hazardous Substances Management; Types and Management of Industrial Pollutants (air, noise, chemicals and toxic materials); Accident Investigation Techniques, Methods and Strategies; Dealing with Emergencies, Losses, Injuries and Diseases; Procedures Followed after Accidents; Fault Tree Analysis (FTA); Accident Cost Analysis; Instructions on Data presentation and Reporting; First Aid Techniques; Developing Emergency and Evacuation Plans

 

SFE 511 Safety in Mechanical Systems                               3(2+2)

Introduction to workplace hazards (e.g., machines, pressure, heat, cutting, welding, etc.); Effects of Hazards on workers and Workplaces Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP); Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA); Properties of Combustible and Explosive Materials; Sources of Fire and Explosives in the Workplace; Quantifying Fire Safety (Burning and ignition, Mechanism of Fire Spread and method of calculation); Safety in Material Handling; Machine Guarding; Safety in Performing Mechanical Operations; Design of Protective Devices.

 

SFE 521 Safety in Electrical Systems                                3(2+2)

Introduction to Safety in Electrical Systems; Fundamentals and Concepts of Safety in Electrical Systems; Step and Touch Potentials; Safety Aspects of Human Body; Electrical Safety Equipment; Safety Procedures and Methods; Grounding of Electrical Systems and Equipment; Lightning Protection; Fire Detection and Alarm Systems; Electrical Maintenance and Its Relationship to Safety; Regulatory and Legal Safety Requirements and Standards; Accident Prevention, Accident Investigation, Rescue and First Aid; Medical Aspects of Electrical Accidents; Low-Voltage Safety Synopsis; Medium- and High-Voltage Safety Synopsis; Human Factors in Electrical Safety; Safety Management and Organizational Structure; Safety Training Methods and Systems; Case Studies.

 

SFE 531 Safety in Petroleum and Natural Gas Operations  3(3+0)

General overview on petroleum and natural gas industry from exploration to shipping; Safety issues in the exploration procedures; Safety issues in oil and gas well drilling procedures; Safety issues in oil and gas well completion procedures; Safety issues in oil and gas production procedures; Safety issues in the oil and gas storage procedures; Safety issues in oil and gas transportation procedures; Oil and gas operation wastes; Field chemicals storage and handling; Control of associated Hydrogen sulfide gas; Safety issues in oil and gas laboratories and research and development centers; Fire hazards of oil and gas; API safety standards.

 

SFE 541 Safety in Chemical Industries                              3(2+2)

General introduction to safety issues in chemical plants; Classification and types of fuels; Physical and chemical properties of fuels; Combustion Engineering: chemistry and calculations; Ignition and flammability limits; Sources of fire in chemical plants; Classification of hazardous materials; Storage and handling of hazardous materials; Safety issues and regulations in chemical plants.

 

SEF 551 Safety in Civil Engineering Projects                    3(3+0)

Causes of accidents and injuries in civil engineering projects; Types of accidents and injuries in civil engineering projects and their various effects; Measurement of contractor's performance in safety; The role of project personnel in achieving safety: (owner, designer, safety manager, project manager, supervisor, laborers); Relation between safety and society: (Labor Ministry, Insurance companies); Recent trends in safety management; Safety and professional health code of the Council of Gulf Countries; Technical and Administrative codes; Safety in water and sewerage processing plants; Solid and dangerous wastes sites; Fire extinguishing systems; Preparation of safety programs for civil engineering projects; Case study for preparation of safety program; Recommendations for improvement of project safety; Implementation of building codes related to minimizing earth tremor and earthquake effects at the design stage.

 

SEF 590 Seminar and Field Visits

The aim of the seminar is to expose students to different safety systems in industrial and service organizations and provide them with necessary skills on how to report and present safety systems studies.

 

SEF 598 Applied Research Project                                    3(0+0)

Each student selects a project in which he applies knowledge, tools and skills acquired during his study in the program. Co-requisite: passing SEF 590: Seminar and Field Visits.