Process Safety Competence of Vocational Students

Sari Tappura, Sanna Nenonen, Noora Nenonen, Jouni Kivistö-Rahnasto

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Since safety demands are an integral part of the process industry, process safety competence should be developed accordingly. When developing this competence during the vocational education and training (VET) of process operators, close collaboration between the students, VET providers, and workplaces is essential. The aim of this study was to examine the current needs regarding process safety education in the process industry with respect to VET. Interviews (n = 46) and a workshop were carried out with participating process industry, VET, and expert organizations. Competence requirements were categorized into (1) knowledge and skills, (2) values and attitudes, and (3) abilities and traits needed to achieve the required level of performance in the process industry. Developing these competencies can be helpful to VET organizations, as they enable students to adapt to workplaces’ process safety requirements. Moreover, the study results can be utilized in the development of the process safety competence of senior employees.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Safety Management and Human Factors
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors, July 24-28, 2019, Washington D.C., USA
EditorsPedro Arezes
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-20497-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-20496-9
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2019
Publication typeA3 Book chapter
EventAHFE International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors - Washington D.C., United States
Duration: 24 Jul 201928 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing,
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington D.C.

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1


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