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Department of Chemical & Process Engineering

University of Moratuwa

Presentation on Process Safety

Dr. Deshai Botheju, a Safety Design Engineer consulting for the Norwegian offshore petroleum industry, gave a presentation on ‘Process Safety’ in the Chemical and Process Engineering Department on 19th December 2014. This presentation was aimed at providing the new chemical engineering undergraduates of the Department with a brief outlook into the fundamental philosophies associated with Process Safety. In the background of historical case examples, it has been explained that “major accidents” remain to be a real threat in the chemical process industry, despite significant advances made during the last few decades. The importance of properly trained and well skilled process design and safety engineers and how they can make a difference between safe and productive plant operations, and catastrophic failures leading to total devastation were highlighted in Dr. Botheju’s presentation.