European Master and Certification Program
in Risk Engineering and Management

HSSE - Basic I

Course code: 136475 (MOD)
Language of instruction: English
Duration of the course: 10 days (90h)
Lecturers: Leo Breedveld (2B Srl), Prof. Dr. Aleksandar S. Jovanovic (Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH), Dr. Sne┼żana Jovanovic (Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies)
Assessment: Written Exam Transfer Paper [optional topic for Project Study Paper]
Credit points: 6 CPs

Short description

The module concentrates on two main issues:

  1. The 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); and
  2. General techniques for accident modeling and explains different models of explosion. It elaborates gas and vapor explosion, as well as gas dispersion modeling, using examples for applied methods. The course includes modeling of fire and presents current models.


At the end of the Module the participant will earn the knowledge about

  • 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.

as well as have the basic knowledge related to the modeling of explosion, fire modeling and industrial fires. The modeling is elaborated by explaining general techniques for accident modeling illustrated by examples of applied methods and concentrate onto the following issues:

  • the importance of accident and consequences modeling in industry
  • what is the difference between fire and explosion
  • explosion mechanisms and fire principles
  • general techniques for accident modeling
  • to do simple calculation of consequence
Skills in use of the main tools for both areas above will be earned and the competences to solve practical problems in the industry (e.g. as consultant or employeed of an industrial plant) mastered.

Course Content by Units

This module is introduction hazard oriented risk management and includes general introduction, specific introduction / basics for single industry branches.HSE/HSSE: Health, Safety, Security and Environment and the Regulations in the filed of fire safety and health workers at work.


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

    Unit 2: Implementation of the IPPC (Beyond IPPC…)

    Unit 3: Major Accident Prevention Policy  MAPP as required by Seveso Directive

      Unit 4: Human factor analysis

        Unit 5: Security aspects
          Unit 6: Key performance indicators in the HSSE area


          Unit 1: Introduction to accident and consequences modeling

          Unit 2: Modeling of Gas Explosions

            Unit 3: Modeling of blast generated by vapor cloud explosions
            Unit 4: Modeling of Gas Dispersion

              Unit 5: Industrial fires

              Unit 6: Fire modeling

              Teaching Methods

              The course includes:

              • introductory notes explaining aim and structure of the module/courses, and used methodology as well
              • ex cathedra lecturing illustrated by number of examples
              • review of main topics in the end of each lecturing unit
              • preparation for final exam by repetition of all course units and main issues
              • final exam


              1. Textbook:
                HSE / HSSE: Health, Safety, Security and Environment, ver. 3, March 2009
              2. Transparencies
              3. 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
                1. Textbook:
                  Accident and Consequence Modeling
                2. Additional material:
                  McGrattan K, Fire Dynamics Simulator, user guide, NIST, 2006
                  Feryiger JH, Peric M, Computational Methods for Fluid Dynamics third edition, Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelnberg New York, 2002
                  Knaus C, Modellierung von Brandszenarien in Gebaeuden (Modeling of fire scenarios in buildings), PhD thesis, Technical, University of Vienna, Austria, 2009 (Germany)
                  Magnussen B.F., Hjertager B.H: On Mathematical Modeling of Turbulent Combustion with Special Emphasis on Soot Formation and Combustion. Comb. Inst., Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, pp. 719-729, 1976

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