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CATALONIA: Human error prevention techniques in chemical sector

Updated: May 3, 2022

Raise awareness of risk and sustainability in the chemical sector through collaboration between companies and vocational training centers both virtually and in the field. The experience takes place in Tarragona, a territory where there is an important chemical complex and also a wide range of vocational education and training in the sector.



What problem or issue has the innovative practice aimed to tackle?

The mission of this innovative practice is to raise awareness of risk and sustainability in the Chemical sector.

In a first phase of the project, students of Industrial Chemistry go to a Chemical factory plant in Tarragona to do project-based learning about human error prevention, carried both by VET teachers and trainers in the company. The practice consist of the section pipe preparation for the intervention and maintenance; specifically a pipe radial cut that had naphtha. To overcome this, students must use the professional and personal competences acquired during their previous training at both the VET center and the company.

The second phase of the project is a RV simulation of the factory plant to generate experiences related to work routines, safe procedures and error prevention techniques.

The aim of this second part of the project, is to monitor and strength good procedures and processes using RV scenarios to simulate dangerous situations in the Chemical sector that should be not produced and reproduced in real life.

What have been the achievements?

  • Facilitate the development of skills, attitudes or procedures that facilitates the implementation of safe procedures in the daily practice of the labour activities of the chemical sector.

  • Keep teachers updated, improve the quality of student training and contribute to their motivation.

  • Increase links between vocational training centres and companies, through collaboration in the development of innovation and knowledge transfer projects.

  • Improve the awareness of risk among the people involved in the operation of petrochemical facilities, using a methodology based on prevention techniques.

  • Increase the competitiveness of companies and other organizations involved in the Chemical sector.

Who was involved and how?

  • Students: Improving the training of students who develop key skills and competencies for their professional development through new forms of learning, such as peer-to-peer learning. The project is carried out in curricular hours of the WBL Higher Degree of Industrial Chemistry. VET Centre INS Comte de Rius

  • Teaching Staff: Updating their knowledge, improving the student's training and increasing their motivation. Application of new methodologies in the process of teaching and learning. Improving training efficiency.VET Centre INS Comte de Rius

  • Companies Increasing the competitiveness of companies. Recovery of a production facility out of service (direct impact on the sustainability of material resources, reuse of equipment, etc.) for use in teaching safe manoeuvres and for learning to new generations located in the centres of VET. REPSOL

  • Society and environment: Improving the sustainability of the chemical industry and in the long term of other industrial sectors of different fields. Minimizing human error will reduce the risk of unwanted incidents that can affect the environment. Improving the economic sustainability of training centres with professional families in the scientific and technological field. Chemical Park of the Association of Chemical Companies of Tarragona

  • Research Centres: Transferring the knowledge resulting from this experience to other research centres and VET stakeholders. Tarragona Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer Centre (CRITC)

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