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Safety is and remains the number one priority in the chemicals sector. That is why essenscia vlaanderen has for the third time extended the chair of Safety Engineering at KU Leuven for a period of 5 years, until the end of 2024. The Master of Safety Engineering is a unique academic and practice-oriented training programme that focuses on the various safety aspects in the process industry, with an emphasis on chemistry and pharma.

Safety is a permanent point of attention in the chemicals and life sciences sector. Taking care of the health of employees, the safety of industrial processes and the protection of the environment requires a broad knowledge and expertise from safety experts in the industry. This concerns techniques for estimating and controlling risks, the protection of process installations, knowledge about explosion and occupational safety and the role of human and organisational factors.

High-quality training

The complexity of industrial processes in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals sector requires permanent and high-quality training of safety personnel. With the chair of Safety Engineering, essenscia vlaanderen has been supporting a unique training programme since 2009 in which a multidisciplinary team of academics and safety specialists from the sector provides young engineers in training with in-depth knowledge of various safety disciplines, with an exceptional link between theory and practice.

Luc Delagaye, chairman of essenscia vlaanderen: “Safety is our licence to operate in our industry with regard to people, society and the environment. Safety starts with good safety training. In which future engineers not only gain in-depth insight into the potential mechanical or chemical causes of possible incidents, but also become aware of the importance of safety in their own behaviour and mentality. This theoretical and practice-oriented master-after-master training effectively bridges the gap between high-quality academic education and everyday industrial reality.”

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