No matter the topic under investigation, the scientific method must be evaluated knowing that experiments should be undertaken in such a way that the work is repeatable and that the obtained results are also reproducible by other investigators when they follow the same process and procedures. This means that if the experimental work is based on established theories and principles (physical, chemical or biological theories, such as Newton’s Laws, stokes’ law or the laws of Friction), then the results of the experiments will be reproducible (i.e. we will know or have an idea about what to expect in terms of the results and the range of values for the properties and variables. Think about how the experiments were set up for investigation, what parameters were varied and which ones were measured and how the measurement was performed, the sources of error and how these errors were minimised or could be minimised.
Please refer to the brief that is relevant to your chosen topic (see Table 1) for more information.
Table 1: Topics investigated by each group of students
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Part 1: A report about a critical analysis and comparative study using secondary data that replaces the individual laboratory report. This report worth 50% of the portfolio just like the initial laboratory report.
Use the University Performance Descriptors – Level 6 and poster presentation criteria to assess your work before submission. Please add the completed form in your appendix.
(1) Framework for Sustainable Risk Management in Chemical Industry Risk management is a huge challenge for business managers especially in the manufacturing engineering sector, and if not proactively controlled can lead to under performance, accidents and sometimes cessation of activities for some companies. It is common knowledge that poorly managed risks can have an adverse effect on performance while proactive and systematic control of key risk variables in a business environment could generate successful outcomes. This proposal will task students to prepare a comprehensive report of hazards affecting performance in a typical chemical industry environment and risks of exposure to them. The report will guide hazard and operability analysis, troubleshooting, failure analysis, diagnostics, personnel safety check and protection and accident prevention.
Development of sustainable risk management framework suitable for the chemical industry is a prelude to design of a robust control process to manage hazards and risk to exposure. In the absence of face to face laboratory experiments due to COVID restrictions this year, this proposal will now task students to carry out a comprehensive hazard identification and analysis associated with two case organisations operating in the chemical industry. Based on that, they will prepare a comprehensive report of the relevant hazards facing them, likely exposure to these hazards, and risk management.
To guide development of the framework, I have attached a Journal paper with a caption ”Framework for Sustainable Risk Management in the Manufacturing Sector” published in Procedia Manufacturing, PROCEDIA Manufacturing, 2019 and authored by C.F.Oduoza.
Using the above paper and any other relevant scholarly articles, they are expected to do the following;
(i) Explain clearly the meaning of “Sustainable risk management in the chemical industry” and show the elements constituting the framework.
(ii) Develop the framework in terms of Human (Safety), Organizational, Technical / Technological, Environmental and Legal (HOTEEL) factors, and populate the framework document with the relevant hazards data (risk factors) and risk management procedures associated with the case company. In order to achieve requirements for companies (A) and (B), you may wish to follow Figures 2 to 4 in the journal paper. (50 marks)
(iii) Compare and contrast the frameworks for the two organisations operating in the chemical industry highlighting any obvious differences in approach to hazard and risk management and accident prevention. (30 marks)