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Hazard Effects and Control Strategies (HAZSS 21-2)

April 12, 2021 @ 8:00 am - April 13, 2021 @ 4:00 pm


Course Description

System safety analysis requires a clear understanding of sources of harm (hazards) inherent to a system.  System safety analysis should identify the energy sources within the system, target the attack and the barriers that reduce the risk.  The purpose of this course is to demonstrate to system safety analysts how to start to deal with the hazards that system safety has to control.  The discussions are focused on underlying physical, chemical, and biological characteristics and effects, and hazard control strategies.  The following hazards are specifically addressed: electrical hazards, electrostatic discharge, toxicity, kinetic hazards, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, thermal hazards, noise, fire and explosion, high pressure, etc.


To familiarize class participants with the underlying physical, chemical, and biological phenomena of and control strategies for various hazards.

Who Should Attend

Individuals who intend to conduct or review system safety analyses.

Course Outline

  1. Overview of Hazards
  2. Specific discussions on each hazard type that includes:
    • Physical properties
    • Chemical properties
    • Biological impact
    • Barriers that can limit the level of harm
  3. The following hazard types will be addressed:
    • Electrical hazards
    • Electrostatic discharge
    • Toxic gases and liquids
    • Kinetic energy hazards
    • Ionizing radiation hazards
    • Non-ionizing radiation hazards
    • Thermal hazards
    • Noise levels
    • Fire and explosion phenomena
    • High pressure


Attendees should have an engineering or hard science background.

Course Duration

2.0 Days

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Published on March 26th, 2020

Last updated on March 26th, 2020


April 12, 2021 @ 8:00 am
April 13, 2021 @ 4:00 pm


USC – Washington DC Satellite Campus
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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