AS-302 Safety Management in the Arctic (10 ECTS)

AS-301 on Nordenskioldbreen June 2018. Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

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ID:
AS-302
CREDITS:
10 ECTS
START DATE:
5 August 2019
END DATE:
5 September 2019
COURSE PERIOD:
Autumn semester, (August–September), annually
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
None
GRADE:
Letter grade (A through F)
COURSE MATERIAL:
• Kjellén and Albrechtsen (2017) “Prevention of Accidents and Unwanted Occurences. Theory, Methods and Tools in Safety Management” (387 pages) • Relevant papers and reports about arctic safety (200 pages) • Accident reports, incident database
COURSE COSTS:
None
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
10/20 students
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 April 2019

INSTRUCTORS:

Eirik Albrechtsen
Eirik Albrechtsen
Adjunct Associate Professor, Arctic Safety Centre

UNIS contact person: Arne Aalberg

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a relevant master programme in social-, technological- or natural sciences.

Academic content:

The main focus of the course is prevention of accidents and unwanted occurrences that may lead to loss of life in the Arctic. The course demonstrates how systematic work with loss prevention should be performed in organizations operating in the Arctic, i.e. by generating knowledge to support decisions about mitigating measures. In addition the course provides knowledge about the theoretical foundations for systematic safety management in the Arctic.

The course content can be categorized into four modules:

1) Safety management in the Arctic: theories, models and framework conditions:

  • Principles for experience feedback and learning from unwanted occurrences
  • Accident models and accident analysis framework
  • Decision-making processes and constrains
  • Internal and external framework conditions for safety management in the Arctic

2) Methods and tools for control of hazards in the Arctic: application, principles, limits and merits:

  • Hazard identification
  • Risk assessments: strategic and operative
  • Incident investigation
  • Reporting of unwanted occurrences
  • Incident database
  • Safety performance indicators
  • Safety audits
  • Safety inspections

3) Mitigating occupational accident risk in the Arctic.

  • Choose and assess efficient preventive measures and argue for the choice of these
  • Barriers against loss
  • Machinery safety
  • Deviation handling
  • Influencing the human factor

4) Practical management of Arctic safety

  • Planning and execution of field trip safety
  • Practical handling of Arctic safety

 

Learning outcomes:

The course will provide students with knowledge, skills and competence in designing and running safety management systems in an Arctic context. The students will gain knowledge about theoretical principles and models that is the foundation for safety management in organizations. After the course, students will be able to apply different methods and tools for generation of knowledge about past, current and future safety performance for activities and systems in the Arctic. Based on the theoretical foundations and the methods and tools, the students shall be able to suggest adequate safety measures to control Arctic hazards. The combination of practical knowledge about Arctic operations and Arctic hazards and theoretical understanding of safety management is emphasized in the course.

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will be able to:

  • Explain the theoretical basis for different methods and tools used to identify, analyze and evaluate accident risks and remedial actions
  • Explain the principles for experience feedback and learning from unwanted occurrences.
  • Explain how different knowledge sources are systematically combined into decision-making support
  • Identify hazards in Arctic environments
  • Explain risk influencing factors and framework conditions for management of safety in an Arctic context
  • Choose and assess appropriate methods and tools for a systematic and efficient accident prevention work in an Arctic context
  • Choose and assess efficient preventive measures to control Arctic hazards
  • Categorize different perspectives on safety theories on organizational accidents
  • Recognize factors influencing human performance in the Arctic

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will be able to:

  • Assess risk for different tasks and systems in the Arctic
  • Apply methods for accident investigation at different levels
  • Analyze and develop accident databases
  • Apply methods for safety audits and inspections
  • Apply methods for reporting of unwanted occurrences
  • Apply methods for measurement of safety performance

Competence
Upon completing the course, the students will be able to:

  • Solve practical tasks in operational safety management in the Arctic

Learning activities

The course extends over 5 weeks. Initially, students attend compulsory Arctic survival and safety training.

  • Lectures with examples from the Arctic to support both theories and models as well as application of methods and tools
  • Exercises containing application of methods and tools on Arctic cases
  • Guest lectures by and interviews of representatives from companies operating in Longyearbyen
  • Plan safety for a field trip for UNIS students together with logistics. Follow-up safety during field trip together with UNIS logistics

 

Total lecture hours: 72 hours
Total seminar hours: 23 hours
Total exercise hours: 20 hours
Fieldwork: 2 days
Excursions: 3 days
Preparatory work: 25 hours
Self-studies: 55 hours
Exam preparations, etc.: 40 hours

Compulsory learning activities:

  • A number of exercises (application of methods and tools)
  • Practical safety training

All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to be registered for the exam.

 

Assessment:

Method Percentage of final grade
Written report

40%

Take-home exam

60%

All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course. Only the final grade will be reported, based on an average of the grades from the examination parts.

Application deadline: 15 April 2019

AS-301 on Nordenskioldbreen June 2018. Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

Arctic Safety students on field excursion to Nordenskioldbreen, June 2018. Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

 

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