Course detail

Safety Engineering

ÚSI-RSBEIAcad. year: 2020/2021

Safety engineering” is focused on risk assessment in industry, agronomy, transport and pipelines, and near potential fire sources. The subject requires knowledge from the areas of technology, the environment and economics, and includes analysis and risk modelling. It also deals with buildings and their structural analysis, as well as safety at work, the prevention of accidents and the resistance of structures against selected types of emergency incidents.
The subject also covers related Czech and European Union legislation.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will learn methods of risk assessment using computer procedures and software. They will apply Czech and European directives in specific situations, and will learn methods of financial evaluation for use when dealing with selected types of accident.


Not requested


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

BARTLOVÁ, I. PEŠÁK, M.: Prevence technologických zařízení, Sdružení bezpečnostního inženýrství se sídlem VŠB - TU Ostrava, 2002, ISBN 80-86634-10-8
BARTLOVÁ, I. PEŠÁK, M.: Analýza nebezpečí a prevence průmyslových havárií II, Sdružení bezpečnostního inženýrství se sídlem VŠB - TU Ostrava, 2003, ISBN 80-86634-30-2
BEBČÁK, P.: Požárně bezpečnostní zařízení, Sdružení bezpečnostního inženýrství se sídlem VŠB - TU Ostrava, 1998, ISBN 80-866111-35-0
Zákon č. 224/2015 Sb., o prevenci závažných havárií způsobených vybranými nebezpečnými chemickými látkami nebo chemickými směsmi
Direktiva 82/501/EEC - SEVESO "On the major accident hazards of certain industrial activities"
Direktiva 96/82/EC - SEVESO II "On the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances"
ALOHA - Areal Location of Hazardous Atmospheres, EPA, Washington, USA, October 1997

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Tuition takes place via lectures and seminars. The lectures focus on the explanation of basic principles, the methods of the given discipline, problems and example solutions. The seminars mainly support practical mastery of the subject matter presented in lectures or assigned for individual study with the active participation of students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students will actively participate in practical lessons. The lessons will be project-based, allowing theoretical knowledge to be practically applied and used. The exam will be oral and based on theoretical knowledge.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction and definition of the subject “Safety engineering”.
2. Introduction to Czech and EU legislation, and that of other countries in the field of safety at work and risk.
3. Duties of employers and employees. Assessment of exposure to risk within a given work system.
4. Danger during selected working activities. Professional state oversight regarding safety at work.
5. Summary of methods concerning risk source identification and risk assessment.
6. Risk in chosen industrial and agricultural operations.
7. Risk in non-manufacturing operations, warehouses, transport and pipelines.
8. Risk at potential sources of fire and explosion hazards.
9. Methods of calculating shock waves and heat radiation.
10. Basics of buildings and structural analysis; the protection of structures, and the resistance of structures to specific emergency incidents.
11. Economic aspects of accidents, unwanted events involving technical equipment.
12. Handling of harmful substances.
13. Practical software usage.


Students will be introduced to theoretical knowledge and its practical use through the study of emergency situations at selected model companies, concerns, situations and accidents. Students who complete the course will be able to solve specific emergency situations and assess such situations from several aspects (economic, consequences for the environment and population, and safety) using their knowledge of currently valid international and European legislation.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme RRTES_P Master's

    specialization RRES , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    specialization RRTS , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer