Have you demonstrated that you can write critically?

Assignment Brief There have been many incidents and disasters in the process industry. The need to investigate and address the causes of even minor events should not be underestimated and it is essential to focus not only on what actually happened,but on the potential consequences. Several institutions such as Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigate and publish reports on major accidents, emphasising the lessons to lean for related industries. Similarly the UK Institution of Chemical Engineers also publishes a ‘Loss Prevention Bulletin’ that focuses on incidents and lessons for the wider industry whereas the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) in the US carries out investigations into major incidents. Companies use all this external information alongside their internal data on incidents as ‘lessons learnt’ in the continual improvement process.You as a team are tasked to collect information about at least five past incidents involving companies of your choice (do not include examples used in class such as Piper Alpha, Bunce field fire and Gulf of Mexico BP oil disaster). You are required to:

  • select incidents from different industry sectors (energy, oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, food,pharmaceutical,….).
  • critically review these past incidents under the six functional elements (knowledge and competence, engineering and design, systems and procedures, assurance, human factors and culture) of an organisation as defined in the framework proposed by the IChemE Safety Centre for viewing process safety across an organisation.
  • Include in your review:-a table of immediate and root causes, impact and any legal requirements that were not met at the time of the incident);-any measures, disciplinary actions or revised risk assessments undertaken by the company involved;-Any potential emerging risk
  • include in the individual report:-a reflection about your key learning points or knowledge gained by carrying this assignment;-a completed self-assessment form (University Performance Descriptors, Level 6). No work will be marked without this form.You will present your findings in a form of a group presentation (10 min + 5 min questions)and individual report (2000 words). The group presentation and individual report will contribute 20% and 80% to the overall assignment mark, respectively.

The portfolio and exam contribute 40% and 60% to the overall module, respectively.Reflection, References, Tables and Figures are not included in the total words count.Fit for submission checklist
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  • Have you read and responded to all aspects of the assignment brief?
  • Have you read and understood the assessment criteria?
  • Have you met all of the learning outcomes? You will lose marks and your work may even be failed if you have not.
  • Have you demonstrated that you can write critically?
  • Have you checked that your Harvard referencing/bibliography in your assignment is in line with your course requirements? (if required)
  • Have you proof-read your work and used spellcheck software to check your spelling and grammar?
  • Have you made sure your font size (12 pt.), colour, style, line spacing and margins are appropriate?
  • Have you made sure you have placed your student name and number on the header or footer on all pages?
  • Have you included all the appropriate sections required for the assignment?
  • Can you confirm that this work is individually produced (i.e. not plagiarised, colluded or brought from a third party) –that it is written in YOUR own words?
  • Can you confirm there is no contract cheating involved?
  • Have you self-assessed your work and completed the self-assessment form before submission?
  • Where drawings, designs and plans are required in an assignment, can you confirm that it was YOU who produced them?
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