European Master and Certification Program
in Risk Engineering and Management

B4-2: HSSE
Health, Safety, Security and Environment

Course code: 181777
Language of instruction: English
Lecturers: Leo Breedveld (2B Srl), Dr. Petar Stanojević (Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies), Andrea Menne (Sozialministerium in Stuttgart), Dr. Snežana Jovanovic (Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies)
Assessment: Defined in the module

Short description

The course gives an overview of EU regulation in the field of HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environment), explains the objectives and requirements, as well as the state-of-the art in the implementation including constraints and advantages. Special focus is on the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) and Industrial Emission Directive (IED) and on the prevention of major accidents (Seveso).


At the end of the course a participant will

  • understand what is IPPC and IED and be familiar with the European Union regulatory framework for environmental management
  • know in details the concept and implementation of the Seveso Directive (Seveso II and III); the safety report, the major accident prevention policy (MAPP), the Safety Management System (SMS), Land-Use Planning (LUP) and Emergency Plans
  • understand the importance of human and security aspects when dealing with HSSE issues in industry
  • know what are Safety (Key) Performance Indicators (SPIs or KPIs) and their use and interpretation.

Target Attendees / Participants

This course is dedicated to Students and to the professionals working in the field of HSSE. Engineers, managers, inspectors, legislators will profit from this course both by extending the knowledge about the concepts built into the EU legislation and by increasing their own understanding of problems in application.

Course Content by Units

Unit 1: Introduction to the IPPC (Integrated pollution prevention and control)

  • Mandatory environmental conditions:
    • use all appropriate pollution-prevention measures, namely the best available techniques (which produce the least waste, use less hazardous substances, enable the recovery and recycling of substances generated, etc.);
    • prevent all large-scale pollution;
    • prevent, recycle or dispose of waste in the least polluting way possible;
    • use energy efficiently;
    • ensure accident prevention and damage limitation;
    • recovery of sites to their original state when the activity is over
  • Permit requirements:
    • emission limit values for polluting substances (with the exception of greenhouse gases if the emissions trading scheme applies);
    • any soil, water and air protection measures required;
    • waste management measures;
    • measures to be taken in exceptional circumstances (leaks, malfunctions, temporary or permanent stoppages, etc.);
    • minimization of long-distance or transboundary pollution;
    • release monitoring;
    • all other appropriate measures
  • Permit applications: information required and consultation procedure
  • The Seville Process to elaborate the BREFs (reference documents on Best Available Techniques)
  • Recent evolution: from IPPC Directive 2008/1/EC to Industrial Emission Directive 2010/75/EU
Unit 2: Implementation of the IPPC (Beyond IPPC…)
  • BREF on Economics and Cross-Media
  • IPPC in relation to other instruments
  • The role of LCA in the context of IPPC
  • Introduction into LCA:

Unit 3: Major Accident Prevention Policy  MAPP as required by Seveso Directive
  • Concepts of major accident prevention
  • Risk assessment and safety report
  • Major Accident Prevention Policy (MAPP), Safety Management System (SMS), Land-Use Planning (LUP)…
  • Implementation and examples

Unit 4: Human factor analysis

  • Concepts of human and organizational factors
  • Control system and human performance
  • Learning from experience
  • Integration in SMS
Unit 5: Security aspects
  • Security concept
  • Hazard analysis
  • Threat analysis
  • Good security practice
  • Security management
Unit 6: Key performance indicators in the HSSE area
  • concept
  • leading and lagging indicators 
  • indicator definition, selection, aggregation and calculation
  • use of indicators and interpretation of the results
Unit 6: Review of the main course issues

Teaching Methods

The course includes:

  • introductory note explaining aim and structure of the course, and used methodology as well
  • ex cathedra lecturing illustrated by number of examples
  • review of main topics in the end of each lecturing unit


  1. Textbook:
    HSE / HSSE: Health, Safety, Security and Environment, ver. 3, March 2009
  2. Transparencies
    Unit 1: Introduction to IPPC
    Implementation of  IPPC
    BREF on Economics and Cross-Media
    Implementation of  IPPC - The Sevilla Process
    Beyond IPPC...
    Introduction to LCA and wrap up
    Unit 2: Major Accident Prevention Policy (MAPP)
    Unit 3: Unit 4: Human Factor Analysis
    Unit 4: Security factors
    Unit 5: Key performance indicators in the HSSE area
  3. Certification material, ver. 4 March 2009
  4. Additional material
    • IPPC Directive (2008/1/EC)
    • IPPC BREF Outline and Guide (EIPPCB)
    • Executive Summary Tanning BREF (EIPPCB)
    • Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC), Reference Document on Best Available Techniques for the Tanning of Hides and Skins
    • Implementation of IPPC (IEEP report)
    • COM (2005) 540 final
    • COM (2007) 843 final
    • Executive Summary BREF E&CM (EIPPCB)
    • The role of LCA in the context of IPPC (JIE)
    • Dutch Approach to the European Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Contro

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